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Travel Hotlist for 2024

Sunday, 31st December 2023

Pam Forrest


Whether or not resolutions form part of your new year ritual, the beginning of a brand new year always brings with a sense of renewal and expectation. The chance to do things better. To try new things or do more of what you love. For many of us, holidays are high up on the list.

Here’s our roundup of top travel picks for the year ahead, helping you explore more in 2024. From the adventure seeker to the immersive explorer, the spontaneous mini-break champion to the family planner, we’ve got you covered.

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Active Holidays

Here at Discover the World we love the natural world and there are few better ways to connect with nature than on foot. Hit the trail and feel at one with the world around you taking in the sights and sounds around you and rejuvenating your senses. Take your pick from multi-day treks through the rugged heart of Iceland or whisk yourself away on a hike and drive combo in Canada or New Zealand.

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Family Holidays

From trips with kids to multi-gen getaways, there’s nothing like a break from the normal to turn family time in quality time. Whisk your family away to for an all-action adventure in Iceland where walking through one of Iceland’s lava fields to find a hidden waterfall might only be the third most impressive thing you do that day. The land of fire and ice is a living geography lesson and is guaranteed to inspire whatever your age. Perhaps you have a budding palaeontologist in the family who would relish the thought of searching for dinosaur fossils in Canada’s Badlands on a fabulously fun road trip. Or get the jump on Christmas planning and book a magical trip to Lapland to meet the man with the beard.

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Solo Travel

Whether out of necessity or choice, travelling solo isn’t a new trend but there are a growing number of tailored options for those of us who like to do our own thing. For instance, our flagship winter break in search of the northern lights in Iceland features a dedicated solo departure in 2025. If you’d like to jet-off on a far flung adventure, how about experiencing the best of New Zealand’s stunning South Island with like-minded companions on a dedicated solo tour. For a more laidback option, sail away on the classic coastal voyage through Norway’s iconic fjords.

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Short Breaks

It needn’t matter if you book last minute or are super-organised and plan your escape well in advance, sneaking a weekend escape or a mid-week getaway into your life has amazing restorative power, especially when you choose somewhere off the beaten track. Take Kuhmo in east Finland for instance, where wilderness and wildlife combine in spectacular fashion. With brown bears the big draw. If you looking for more diversity, Iceland’s southwest with its waterfalls, geysers, glaciers and volcanoes, delivers in spades. If novelty factor and bragging rights float your boat, a ‘ice escape at the original Icehotel in Swedish Lapland could be for you. With its individually crafted suites each season, no two hotels are the same making for a truly unique experience.

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Expedition Voyaging

Channel your inner explorer on an expedition cruise to the far reaches of the earth. Small ship polar voyages take you to places that are inaccessible to normal cruise ships. Choose from Antarctica’s penguin playgrounds, Alaska’s dramatic wilderness or the tranquil colour palette of Spitsbergen where polar bears are king. This is adventure on a big scale and add the magic to your year.

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Plan Your Holiday

However you choose to travel in 2024, make sure to book your holiday with an operator you can trust; a company you can rely on 100%. At Discover the World, we’ll do just that.

Browse our itineraries using our Holiday Finder and then get in touch with our experts to create your perfect holiday.

Call our Travel Specialists on 01737 214 250, arrange to visit our office for an in-person chat or send an enquiry.