Best holiday destinations for 2024


Eloise Barker

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Ready to plan your next big adventure? We’ve found the holiday destinations that will be on everyone’s lips next year. Discover the best holiday destinations 2024 has to offer. Don’t worry, there are plenty to go around.

New York

Best for… A 72-hour trip

New York is always a great place to go, with some of the most iconic sights in the world, great shops, hotels and restaurants. Rates are cheapest in January and February, which is great if you want to save your dollars for the January sales on 5th Avenue. Or time your trip around NYC Broadway week℠, NYC Restaurant® week or NYC Must-See℠ week.

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Orlando

Best for… thrill seekers

With both Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Parks & Resorts vying for your attention, Orlando is the perfect playground for all ages. First-timers and the young at heart should start with Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom and its iconic castle. For science and culture endeavours Epcot will delight, or you can relive classic movies at Hollywood Studios – including Star Wars land and Toy Story Land. Universal Orlando is the only place in the world where you can experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at two parks connected by the wonderful Hogwarts™ Express.

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Marrakech

Best for… The rich culture and history

Marrakech: hot, dusty, busy – and yet stirringly romantic; it’s a treat for the senses. Make 2024 the year you visit. Set in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco’s red-walled city was once an ancient fort, but now its central Medina is a tourist’s playground. Explore the area’s French history with a stroll in Yves Saint Laurent’s shady Majorelle Gardens, or delve into the souk-lined streets, resurfacing with a fistful of treasures – a vial of argan oil or a handcrafted leather belt.

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Fuerteventura

Best for… Rest & Relaxation

Bathed in year-round sunshine and dotted with vibrant coastal towns. Head north for the famous white dunes of Corralejo and enjoy the calm coast of Costa Calma. Or explore the numerous volcanic rock formations which create spectacular diving and walking terrain. Take home a salty souvenir from Salinas del Carmen, what was once a luxury commodity is now pocket change.

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  • A view of Manhattan from the Empire State Building at sunset. ©Stacey Bramhall

    Made in Manhattan

    A city of firsts, a place where things begin and thrive, and then become fashionable everywhere. From arts and fashion to music and food, the world relies on New York for inspiration. £567 pp

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  • Gaze at the Human Waterfalls in the Dubai Mall. ©Fouad Massoud/EyeEm

    A crowd pleaser

    This imposing waterfall occupies the height of the Dubai Mall and features mesmerising human sculptures in free fall.£564 pp

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  • Outstanding white sandy beaches.

    Beach daze

    This fairy ring of islands, dropped into the very middle of the Indian Ocean, has mountainous jungle interiors and freshly milled white sand.£1846 pp

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Las Vegas

Best for… A blowout break

Despite the saying, everyone knows what happens in Vegas is too good to stay secret. The city is a revolving door of entertainment: blackjack tables, nightclubs, 24-hour dining and stage shows  Voltaire seems to be the one on everyone's lips. It’s possible to spend the nights in a neon twilight – but the Formula 1® cuts right through it. Or you can high-tail it out of the city in a hire car and you’ll be able to swap mojitos for the Mojave Desert. Road-trippers can be at the Grand Canyon in half a day.

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Egypt

Best for… Winter sunshine

The much anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum is expected to open early 2024 (don't hold us to it). Overlooking the Great Pyramids on the Giza plateau of the Nile Valley, near Cairo, it will house the largest collection of Tutankhamun relics ever displayed, with more than 100,000 artefacts to browse, including Tutankhamun’s funeral mask and gold-plated coffins. Or fly direct to Sharm El-Sheikh, the perfect destination for sun seekers, beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts. Take a tour of the Sinai Desert or learn to dive in the Red Sea and discover shipwrecks.

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Dubai

Best for… The glitz and glamour

At its most romantic, Dubai can offer pale red deserts, at its most traditional, it can show you an old creek running through its heart. At its most decadent, Dubai shows off the Burj al Arab: a hotel plastered in gold leaf. It’s the kind of city that needs to be seen to be believed, but even if you’ve been before, there’s always something new happening. The Museum of Illusions has just opened and next year the future will arrive – or a museum of it, at least. The Museum of the Future has been greatly anticipated, and its unique design has already got architects talking.

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Barbados

Best for… A tropical paradise

 

Barbados is the quintessential Caribbean destination. The sandy beaches in the west are so beautiful they’ll make your eyes water and the rocky eastern shores are well worth an expedition. When Happy Hour – which normally rolls into Happy Evening – comes around, enjoy Planter’s Punch sundowners and calypso music. Soon you’ll be swaying like a palm tree.

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