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2024 Bucket List Travel Experiences

Beautiful hikes, restorative wellness traditions, private island escapes and complete immersions in nature – what experiences will you choose for your adventure in 2024?
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Jennifer Richt

Published on: March 8th, 2024

Last modified: June 7th, 2024

Of all the astonishing destinations across the world, there are some places that offer truly life-changing experiences. We’re not talking about your average list of must-see attractions; we mean unexpected adventures and indulgent escapes in some of the most remote corners of the globe – as well as those closer to home. These are the top bucket list travel experiences for 2024, hand-picked by our team of travel designers to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.

1. Admire cherry blossoms or autumn leaves in South Korea

Every year in March and April, the iconic sites and cities of South Korea are blanketed in the pale pink blossoms of cherry trees. If you can’t make it in time for the spring scenery, go later in the year for an equally stunning display of sunset-hued autumn leaves. Although Japan may be known for these seasonal spectacles, South Korea is just as gorgeous – and far less crowded.

Morning sunrise in cherry blossom park, seoul city, south Korea

2. Hike the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco

In the wake of last year’s catastrophic earthquake, Morocco is coming back strong in 2024. It’s the perfect time to visit the newly reopened Kasbah Tamadot at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains. Venture out from this luxurious estate to explore the surrounding peaks and valleys on foot, stumbling upon remote villages, glassy lakes and rushing waterfalls.

Tizi N’Tichka, High Atlas mountains Morocco

3. Walk the Camino Real in Colombia

Colombia is packed with popular destinations, but we’re partial to Barichara: a charming highland town at one end of the Camino Real. Follow this ancient trail through the hills of Santander, promising plenty of panoramic views along the way. You can either do a short hike from Barichara to Guane, or embark on a two-day trip all the way to Los Santos.

camino real colombia barichara to guane

4. Go on a walking safari in Tanzania

To fully experience the magic of Tanzania, we suggest staying at the recently opened Wilderness Usawa. This one-of-a-kind mobile camp moves in accordance with the Great Migration, following majestic herds of wildebeest on their journey through the Serengeti. Head out on guided walking safaris to fully immerse yourself in the wilderness.

Walking safari in Tanzania

5. Spot dolphins on a dhow cruise in Oman

There are plenty of reasons to visit Oman in 2024, including bespoke experiences that you simply can’t find anywhere else. Step aboard a dhow – a traditional vessel from the Middle East – like the Ibra to cruise along the coast of Salalah in search of dolphins. From September to November you might be lucky enough to see whale sharks as well.

Dhow Ibra on dolphin watching tour

6. Meet Santa and his reindeer in Finnish Lapland

There’s no better place to spend the 2024 holiday season than Finnish Lapland – especially if you’re travelling with kids. Our travel designer Kate recommends visiting the toy factory, going on sleigh rides and even meeting Santa himself. Adults will be equally thrilled to witness the ethereal beauty of the northern lights – perhaps through the glass roof of a luxury igloo. 

Family in Finnish Lapland

7. Kayak through Chilean Patagonia

Patagonia is undoubtedly among our bucket list travel destinations, but this year we’ve got our eyes on Aisén in particular. This far-flung region of Chile is home to Explora Patagonia National Park, an intimate lodge that invites you to discover the surrounding rivers and lakes on a scenic kayak trip. If you’d rather stay on dry land, you can also go hiking, biking or horse riding.

Stunning lake scenery in Aysen Chile

8. Experience traditional wellness in Nepal

A trip to Nepal might automatically bring to mind images of Mount Everest, but the famous peak is far from all this country has to offer. In the Annapurna region you’ll find Shinta Mani Mustang, a newly opened mountain sanctuary. Here you can consult with a traditional Tibetan health practitioner who will prescribe a personalised wellness experience just for you.

Shinta Mani Mustand Wellness area

9. Take a luxury train journey across Europe

Is there anything more romantic than gliding between the grand capitals of Europe aboard a lavish luxury train? This is something every traveller has to experience at least once. In 2024, the world’s best luxury train journeys include the timelessly elegant Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the incredibly glamorous Belmond British Pullman.

British Pullman Train

10. Trek along the Pekoe Trail in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka may be a small nation, but it has more than one experience worth adding to your travel bucket list. The newest among them is the Pekoe Trail, the country’s first long-distance hiking route. Take on the whole trail for a true challenge, or choose just one part. Either way you’ll get an authentic taste of local culture as you pass through villages and tea plantations.

Hiking Sri Lanka

11. Eat your way through San Sebastián

The culinary prestige of San Sebastián isn’t exactly a secret; this coastal city in northern Spain has one of the world’s highest concentrations of Michelin stars. It’s an essential destination for anyone who appreciates excellent food, offering an endless array of world-class pintxos bars, phenomenal wines and a glimpse into the truly unique culture of the Basque Country.

Traditional Spanish snacks or tapas called pintxos in San Sebastian

12. Stroll through the idyllic countryside of the Cotswolds

Certain parts of the English countryside seem to be plucked straight out of a storybook. Case in point: the Cotswolds, an area that abounds with green hills, blossoming gardens and golden buildings. Wander through the region’s tranquil towns, fertile fields and flowery meadows, and visit a medieval castle or the Gloucester Cathedral for a dose of history.

Cotswold sheep near Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire

13. Stay at a limited-edition safari camp in Botswana

Our 2024 travel bucket list wouldn’t be complete without Wilderness Mokete, a limited-edition safari camp that’s only open for two years (until mid-2025). Located in Botswana’s Mababe Concession, it’s a low-impact camp that only a small number of people will get to enjoy. Each tent’s innovative sliding roof and wall panels maximise the sense of environmental immersion.

14. Look for rare black leopards in Kenya

There’s nothing quite like the combination of unforgettable wildlife encounters and positive impact, and Sasaab Lodge in Kenya is the perfect example. This luxury property is committed to empowering and collaborating with local Samburu communities, while also providing captivating experiences for guests. You might even spot a rare black leopard in the nearby Laikipia region.

Black leopard

15. Escape to a secluded island in Mozambique

If your dream destination for 2024 involves total seclusion and complete relaxation, we suggest a stay at Kisawa Sanctuary. Located on Benguerra Island in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago, it’s one of the top private island resorts in the world. Imagine snorkelling excursions, rejuvenating spa treatments and moonlit dinners in your own little slice of paradise.

Mozambique private island

16. Spend the night under the stars in Zimbabwe

A safari in Zimbabwe is alluring enough, but Wilderness Linkwasha makes the experience even more memorable. Here you can sleep out in the wild in an elevated star bed, with exclusive front-row views of a popular watering hole. Even on game drives you can expect to have almost the entire concession to yourself, as it occupies a private area of Hwange National Park.

Wilderness Linkwasha sleepout

Choosing where to go in 2024

 

Selecting the world’s greatest bucket list adventures is no easy task – and choosing between them is even harder. Our expert travel designers can help you decide which destination is right for you, and then create a completely bespoke itinerary for the grand tour, outdoor adventure, classic safari, family trip or romantic getaway of your dreams.

 

Plan Your Bucket List Adventure

Whatever you want from your 2024 adventures, our team of expert travel designers are ready to help.

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Get inspired with our example trips and then get in touch to plan your own bucket list experiences for 2024