2024’S HOTTEST HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS TO SPARK YOUR WANDERLUST
If you have a Disney-obsessed child (or consider yourself a ‘Disney adult’), add Cartagena to your travel list. In 2024, this Colombian city will feature as a stop on the Encanto tour, based on the hit film. Visitors will be able to take in the stunning locations that inspired the movie, with this eight-day tour visiting a coffee farm and snorkeling off the Rosario Islands.
While it’s not like we need an excuse to visit Paris, the French capital plays host to the Summer Olympic Games from July to August. Beach volleyball courts will be set up in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, while the opening ceremony parade will sail down the famous Seine River. There’s been a flurry of new hotel and restaurant openings, and many museums will host sports-related exhibitions.
There are certainly much more famous Greek islands (Mykonos, anyone?), but Milos is the place to be if you prefer to steer clear of the crowds. With over 70 azure beaches just waiting to be discovered, as well as stunning sunsets and quaint fishing villages, Milos is giving more popular destinations like Mykonos and Santorini a run for their money. Bonus tip: it also happens to be much less crowded, meaning that you won’t have to battle it out with hordes of tourists for a picturesque spot on the sand.
This charming Swiss town really comes alive in the winter months when tourists come out to ski. Home to the iconic and imposing Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt is also famous for being car-free (there are still buses and electric taxis if you need to get around). The food is decadent – you’ll find some of the best fondue here – and the nightlife is robust, meaning you can kick on after spending a day checking out the slopes.
If you want an authentic Mexican experience, Oaxaca is it. The indigenous people – the Zapotecs – largely call this region home, so you will find traditional Mexican food, mezcal and artefacts here. The area is rich in natural beauty and spirituality. It’s also a playground for history buffs, with the Oaxaca Valley having been inhabited since 11,000 BC – long before the Egyptian pyramids even came to be.
Although both Istanbul and Cappadocia get most of the attention, Urla is definitely worthy of a visit. This charming seaside town is famous for its wineries and art scene. You can also brave a kite-surf on the water or just relax. There are several festivals each year, so time your trip right and you could be in town for the Artichoke Festival in April or the Urla Jazz and Gastronomy Festival in September.
Forget what you think you know about India – Goa is like nothing else. Often compared to popular holiday destinations like Hawaii, Goa is famous for its pristine beaches and warm, sunny weather. It’s a more affordable option if you’re in need of a relaxing beach holiday without the luxury price tag, and is safe for single travellers and families alike. It’s also home to Asia’s only naval museum, and the seafood is delicious.