Your Guide to Our Must-Visit Destinations in 2024

17 January 2024
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A new year always brings the promise of new adventures and exciting experiences. Epic cities, serene beaches and mountain escapades are calling! We’ve listed our top 10 holiday destinations for 2024 to help ignite your wanderlust and yearning to make new memories.   

1. Tokyo, Japan – The Modern Marvel 

Tokyo, the pulsating heart of Japan, stands as a testament to the harmonious blend of ancient traditions and futuristic innovations. South African travellers who want to visit a trending city in 2024 will find Tokyo’s dynamic energy, neon-lit streets, and iconic landmarks like the Tokyo Tower and Shibuya Crossing irresistible. Don’t miss the serene Meiji Shrine and the never-ending Tokyo Skytree for panoramic views that capture the essence of this bustling metropolis. 

2. Mauritius – Tropical Paradise in the Indian Ocean 

Mauritius, with its pristine beaches and turquoise waters, offers an idyllic tropical escape. Relax on the powdery sands of Flic en Flac, snorkel in Blue Bay Marine Park, and explore the vibrant markets of Port Louis. Mauritius is a haven for those seeking sun-soaked relaxation. 

3. Swiss Alps, Switzerland – Alpine Splendour: 

For a winter wonderland experience, head to the Swiss Alps. Begin your alpine adventure in Zermatt, home to the iconic Matterhorn peak. Take a scenic ride on the Glacier Express, winding through breathtaking landscapes like the Oberalp Pass and Andermatt. Explore Grindelwald, a charming village with the stunning Eiger North Face backdrop, and don’t miss Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe,” accessible by a scenic train journey with panoramic views. Switzerland’s Alpine wonders promise a winter paradise for ski holiday enthusiasts and an immersive journey through Europe’s spectacular landscapes. 

4. Ibiza, Spain – Island of Rhythmic Bliss 

Ibiza, a Balearic gem in Spain, is renowned for its vibrant nightlife and stunning beaches. Experience the pulsating beats of world-class DJs, relax on the sandy shores of Playa d’en Bossa, and explore the historic Dalt Vila. Don’t miss the ancient fortress of Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with cobbled streets, charming shops, and breathtaking views. The mystical Es Vedrà, a magnetic rock rising from the sea, and the serene Cala Comte, known for its crystal-clear waters and stunning sunset views should also be on your bucket list.  

5. Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City – Unveiling Vietnam’s Charm 

This captivating route takes you through the heart of Vietnam, offering a diverse tapestry of landscapes and cultural experiences. Explore the bustling streets of Hanoi, where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern life. Journey southward to Ho Chi Minh City, where the energy is palpable, and historic landmarks like the War Remnants Museum and Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon await your exploration. Vietnam’s charm lies in its rich history, vibrant street markets, and the warmth of its people.  

6. Istanbul, Turkey – Where East Meets West 

Istanbul, with its rich history and unique geography straddling two continents, offers a captivating blend of cultures. Explore the iconic Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the bustling Grand Bazaar. Take a leisurely cruise along the Bosphorus and savour the diverse flavours of Turkish cuisine. 

7. Pattaya, Thailand – Coastal Bliss 

Pattaya, in Thailand, known for its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife, is a fantastic choice for affordable all-inclusive resorts. Relax on the golden sands of Jomtien Beach, explore the vibrant Walking Street, and visit the Sanctuary of Truth — a unique temple made entirely of wood. Pattaya caters to families, partygoers, and beach holiday lovers, offering a diverse range of experiences. 

8. Rome, Italy – Eternal City’s Charm 

Rome, the eternal city, should be on every traveller’s list this year. Marvel at the Colosseum, toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, and wander through the historic streets of the Vatican City – there’s no end to Rome’s timeless charm and icinis landmarks. Don’t forget to try authentic pasta and gelato for a true taste of Italy. 

9. Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Historical Elegance 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia‘s capital, is a destination for history buffs and cultural explorers. Visit the Royal Palace, explore the haunting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and pay respects at the Killing Fields. The vibrant markets and riverside promenades add a touch of charm to this city. Phnom Penh offers a moving journey through the rich history of Cambodia. 

10. Athens, Greece – Cradle of Civilisation 

Timeless wonders await in Greece! Ascend the Acropolis to stand in awe of the Parthenon, a symbol of ancient brilliance. Navigate the charming Plaka district’s labyrinthine streets adorned with neoclassical beauty. Explore the National Archaeological Museum’s trove of ancient artifacts and marvel at the colossal Temple of Olympian Zeus. A visit to Athens isn’t complete without savouring traditional Greek dishes at a taverna, offering a taste of both history and Mediterranean allure for culture enthusiasts. 

All-Inclusive Is the Way to Go 

If it’s a holiday of pure relaxation you’re after, going all-inclusive is a game-changer.  Picture yourself by the pool, sipping a refreshing drink, with all your needs covered. These packages ensure a stress-free holiday by prearranging meals, beverages, and often activities, eliminating the hassle of budgeting. That means a holiday where you can fully immerse yourself in the destination without the worry of expenses.  

Let’s Go Exploring 

Our top 10 trending destinations in 2024 promise a kaleidoscope of experiences, from vibrant cityscapes to tranquil natural wonders. Whether you’re a family wanting an unforgettable adventure, a couple in search of romance, or a solo explorer craving cultural immersion, these destinations offer a perfect blend of affordability, diversity, and excitement. Browse our many holiday deals and pack your bags – a world of wonders awaits in 2024! 

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