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Best Places to Visit This Year for the Ultimate Adventure

Looking for the best places to travel in 2024? At Kandoo Adventures, we are too!

If you’re anything like us, the allure of new horizons and unchartered adventures keeps you constantly adding destinations to your travel bucket list. You only get one life, and there’s an abundance of awesome places to visit out there!

To help you find your next dream holiday destination, we’ve researched, debated, and vetted a number of great travel destinations from around the world and compiled a list of the best places to visit in 2024.

While immensely challenging to narrow down such a short list, this blog covers a range of diverse and beautiful bucket list travel destinations around the world to inspire your next adventure.

From embarking on the epic trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or experiencing the excitement of the great migration on a Tanzania safari holiday in the iconic Serengeti National Park to camping under the midnight sun in the lesser-visited Svalbard wilderness, consider this blog post your ultimate travel bucket list of all the top places to visit this year.

Here are the 12 best travel destinations that we believe should be on every traveller’s radar for the year ahead.

1. Route Number One, Iceland

Route Number One, or the ‘Ring Road’, is a famous 1322 kilometre (820 mile) loop connecting most towns and villages across Iceland. Renowned for its variety of scenery and passing many of Iceland’s most iconic sites, it is a must-visit road trip destination on the bucket list of many adventurers. With the northern lights expected to reach its highest levels in 11 years as the sun reaches its solar maximum between 2024 to 2026, there is no better time to visit Iceland than now!

2. The Lofoten Islands, Norway

Peaceful landscape in the Lofoten
The Lofoten Islands are a spectacular part of Norway to explore, especially for avid hikers and lovers of the outdoors. Located just above the Arctic Circle, Lofoten basks in ethereal midnight sun during summer and is one of the best places to witness the Northern Lights from September to April.

If you are in need of a bit of holiday inspiration, our Summits of the Lofoten Islands trip offers a week of exploring the southern part of the Lofoten Islands with its lush pastures, rocky summits and panoramic views. Alternatively, our Kayaking and Hiking in the Lofoten Islands trip is a slightly longer ten-day trip combining hiking and kayaking in the breathtakingly beautiful Lofoten Islands, offering a completely unique perspective of this wild and mountainous archipelago.

If the Northern Lights are what you’re after, our Northern Lights in Norway trip offers multiple opportunities to view this incredible phenomenon.

3. Svalbard, Norway

5 Glaciers Expedition
Svalbard is a sparsely populated glacier-studded archipelago deep in the Arctic Circle and Norway’s northernmost region. With average temperatures that rarely reach above freezing, Svalbard is a wild and thrilling destination that is deserving of a place on your travel bucket list this year. If you truly want to get off the beaten track, a trip to Svalbard promises to be an extraordinary adventure.

Our exciting adventure holidays to Svalbard range from 8 – 22 days and are rated moderate to difficult in terms of fitness requirements due to the remote nature of this destination. Choose from our Svea Glacier Svalbard trip, Five Glaciers Svalbard trip, Von Post Glacier Svalbard trip, East Coast Expedition or Texas Bar Svalbard trip and look out for polar bears as well as other shy arctic wildlife!

4. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Giraffes in the Serengeti National Park
Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife, Tanzania is arguably one of the best safari destinations in the world and the Serengeti National Park is one of the most popular Tanzania safari holiday destinations for good reason. Offering an unrivalled chance of spotting the elusive ‘big 5’ as you explore the African savannah by 4x4 or witnessing the great migration of over a million wildebeest from a balloon safari, the Serengeti National Park is well deserving of a place on your travel bucket list – that is, if it isn’t already on there!

5. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, or “the Lost City of the Incas”, is an ancient Incan city located 2,430 metres high in the Andes and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, attracting people to Peru just to see it. This is truly one of the most awesome places to visit on the planet and is a must on your travel bucket list.

While the easiest way to reach Machu Picchu is by train from Cusco along the floor of the Urubamba Valley then by bus up to the entrance of the ruins, the Inca Trail is one of the most popular trekking routes taken by visitors venturing to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.

6. Petra, Jordan

Deir Monastery at Petra in Jordan
Of all historical sites of Jordan, the city of Petra is one of the most magnificent examples of human engineering of the ancient world. The ancient city was carved into the rock face over 2,000 years ago and is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, featuring on the list of the New Seven Wonders of the Worlds.

Often referred to as the “Lost City of Petra”, it was never really lost, but just kept a well-guarded secret for centuries. While it is incredible to experience the stunning pathways and see ancient monuments such as the Obelisk Tomb and Treasury during the daytime, it is a magical experience to witness it illuminated by thousands of lit candles at night.

7. The Transcaucasian Trail, Georgia/Armenia

Georgia and Armenia are two of the lesser-known countries on our bucket list of places to visit in 2024. The Transcaucasian Trail, crossing the border from Armenia to Georgia, follows a beautifully scenic and historically rich route with much to offer its visitors.

Venturing through the sweeping passes of Dilijan National Park, journeying up into the Caucasus mountains and exploring the untamed landscape of the Kazbegi region, prepare to be truly amazed by this hidden gem of the trekking world. If trekking in Georgia or Armenia isn’t currently on your radar, then get ready because the Transcaucasian Trail is quickly becoming more popular.

8. The Dolomites, Italy

Hikers at Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Dolomites, Italy
The incredible landscapes, breathtaking vistas and amazing trails of the Dolomite Mountains in the northeast of Italy make this awesome part of the world a must-visit bucket list destination for avid trekkers. The Dolomites are super striking and full of insane rock formations, making it a hiking destination like no other.

Our popular Highlights of the Dolomites trip takes you from a central valley base at Cortina d’Ampezzo to several of the highest nearby peaks. Here you will experience some of the best Dolomite’s hiking as well as the three giant monoliths of the Tre Cima de Lavaredo and the Cinque Torri path. Trekking in Italy doesn’t get much better than the Dolomite Mountains!

9. Mount Toubkal, Morocco

Winter ascent of Toubkal

Standing at 4,167m, Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in Morocco and highest peak in North Africa. It’s a tough, rocky route to the top however no technical climbing experience is required, making it a popular bucket list destination for adventurers from around the world. Kandoo Adventures offer the opportunity to climb Mount Toubkal in both summer and winter. Climbing Mount Toubkal in winter offers a whole new perspective of the High Atlas Mountains when they are covered in snow.

10. Patagonia, Argentina/Chile

Patagonia is home to some of the most picturesque peaks in the world, positioning it firmly at the top of most trekkers travel bucket lists. All lovers of the great outdoors have seen photos of the incredible landscapes of Patagonia on social media and travel blogs and yearned to grab their backpack and jump on a plane. Now is the time to experience this dream destination for yourself.

The region of Patagonia stretches across both Chile and Argentina and has a wealth of diversity including rainforests, glaciers, fjords, mountains, desert and ocean. The beauty of this region is sensational and it’s truly a paradise for hikers. Our Patagonia treks take you along the famous W Trek Chile, through the foothills of Mount Fitz Roy with views across the stunning glaciers around Cerro Torre.

11. Mont Blanc, France

French Alps Mont Blanc
At 4,810m high, Mont Blanc is the highest peak in western Europe, and it is one of the world’s classic multi day treks on every serious hiker’s bucket list. Mont Blanc is not a trek by itself, unless summitting which is becoming dangerous with the increasing amount of rockfall. Mont Blanc is, however, home to one of the most iconic treks in the world, the Tour du Mont Blanc. The 170km trekking route winds between mountains, pastures, glaciers, peaks, mountain passes, lush valleys and glaciers.

One of our most popular trips is the Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc. This 8-day trip traverses around mighty mountains and across ancient glaciers, joining one of Europe’s most iconic trekking routes. For a longer and more challenging route, our Classic Tour du Mont Blanc takes you to traditional gites and communal refuges where mountaineers have historically rested before venturing on their way.

12. Haute Route, France

The Haute Route is another world-renowned multi-day hiking adventure starting in Chamonix, France near the Mont Blanc Massif and finishing in Zermatt, Switzerland where the Matterhorn towers above. There is no one single trail that leads hikers between the mountains, rather a trail network offering 10 alternate routes through some of the most breathtaking scenery the Alps has to offer.

Our Best of the Haute Route trek follows a trail at the foot of the high peaks of Mont Blanc de Cheillon, the Pigne d’Arola and the Weishorn, passing picturesque ice-capped peaks and alpine meadows along the way. Although not as popular as the Tour du Mont Blanc Route, the Haute Route is a must visit travel destination for trekkers looking to experience a less touristy side of the Alps.