Wondering where to travel in 2024? We’ve got you covered with our carefully curated guide to the 2024 adventure travel destinations you need to know about.
If you’re itching to book your next trip, we’re here to act as that naughty devil on your shoulder. Load up Skyscanner and Booking.com, because we guarantee you’re going to want to visit these destinations IRL.
Some are already popular, many are rapidly gaining traction as must-visit adventure travel destinations, and a couple are downright off the radar. Let’s explore.
Top Adventure Travel Destinations 2024
The Highlands, Scotland
Let’s kick things off with the Scottish Highlands – one of the top adventure travel destinations you need to book in 2024. And it’s every bit as beautiful as the photos show.
The Scottish Highlands are ideal for those of you who love hiking. For those seeking a challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, is a must-do. The climb to the summit takes around 7-9 hours and is a challenging experience, but the views from the top are well worth it. We promise.
Another must-visit destination for adventure seekers is the Cairngorms National Park, a vast and spectacular wilderness of forests, mountains, and rivers. We’ll be honest guys, we only recommend exploring the Cairngorms during the summer months when the weather is milder. Snow can make it extremely difficult to hike safely.
Looking for a more laid-back excursion? We’ve got you – canoeing in Loch Ness is a perfect choice. Paddling through the calm waters of the mysterious lake, surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Scottish Highlands, is a peaceful and unforgettable experience.
You’ll also want to make time to hang out on the west coast’s epic beaches – you might want to wrap up warm, though.
We’re sure you don’t need us to bang on and on about the many epic things to do in Svalbard. But allow us to give you a little taster.
If you don’t quite fancy the long and arduous journey to Antarctica (more on that later), then Svalbard awaits you. Also known as Spitsbergen, the Norwegian island sits north of mainland Europe, straddling the Arctic Ocean just underneath the North Pole.
Svalbard is laden with snowy activities. You can take snowmobile trips to spot polar bears and zip around the island on a dog sled – but that’s not all. Svalbard has a killer craft beer scene, while Pyramiden provides the backdrop to an eerie day trip.
Tokyo might get most of the love, but Osaka is where adventure lovers will want to visit in the upcoming year.
Before heading out of the city for a crazy adventure, swing by the foodie haven that is Dotonbori. Here’s where you’ll find the best takoyaki (at Kukuri, by the way), okonomiyaki (Chibo is bomb), and sushi in the city.
That said, If you’re looking for ramen, we say go to Ichiran. No matter where you are in the country it’s always the tastiest option. Plus there’s nothing more fun than ordering via a vending machine and plopping yourself down in a private booth for a steaming bowl of goodness.
Aside from stuffing your face, Osaka Castle, Universal Studios Japan, and Shitennoji are just some of the unmissable sights in the area. Oh, and if you can time your visit with the magical Cherry Blossom season in spring, when the city is blanketed in a romantic layer of pink, you’ve truly won at life.
Head to Salalah in Oman in 2024 for an epic trip of a lifetime. Move over UAE, this tiny country is home to banana plantations, beaches dotting the Arabian Sea and oceans teeming with sea life that you NEED to explore.
Wondering when the best time to visit Salalah is? We’ve got you covered. Khareef season (autumn) is when the southern area of Oman becomes completely green – a striking contrast to Oman’s usual desert landscape.
Now, we’ll warn you that it does get drizzly, but it’s well worth it for how gorgeous the region looks covered in verdant plantlife.
You’ve probably spotted the Azores islands slowly gaining traction on social media in recent months. The secret’s out about this sleepy archipelago off the coast of Portugal.
We can see why these islands are compared to Hawaii. From hiking amongst verdant forests to lounging on impressive beaches, the Azores islands are all about nature, adventure and relaxation.
The Miradouro da Boca do Inferno trail is a fairly straightforward trek that rewards you with incredible crater lake views. And Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeirões is dotted with mesmerising waterfalls and green clearings.
Make sure your camera has plenty of storage, you’ll be taking enough photos to last a lifetime.
Namibia is home to Africa’s highest cheetah population, so 2024 might just be the year we ditch the Masai Mara in favour of a Namibian Safari.
We love the look of Secret Namibia’s safari offerings – they have plenty of availability for the entire family. Though the Desert Dune and Wildlife Safari is a luxury option that takes you through the African desert and past some impressive feats of nature.
If safaris are less your thing, Windhoek is Namibia’s capital and there’s plenty to do here, too. From admiring the eclectic architecture that dots the city (we adore the ultra-quirky Christuskirche) to wandering through the craft centre where you can pick up a cool souvenir, this region is bustling and is also where you’ll find the best restaurants and bars.
All in all, Namibia is a highly underrated African destination that needs to be on your radar.
Albania, a gem nestled in the heart of the Balkans, has been gaining popularity among adventure enthusiasts seeking uncharted territories and untamed landscapes. From rugged mountains to pristine beaches, Albania offers a diverse range of experiences for those with a passion for adventure.
The Accursed Mountains, also known as the Albanian Alps, present a haven for hikers and trekkers. The Valbona Valley, surrounded by towering peaks, offers challenging trails and awe-inspiring views that will leave you wide-eyed.
Albania is a paradise for spelunkers and cave enthusiasts. The country is home to some of the most fascinating caves in Europe, such as the Cave of Pellumbas, with its impressive stalactite formations.
Sure, Marrakesh is an epic travel destination… From strolling around the YSL garden and impressive Bahia Palace to winding your way through the souks and markets selling all sorts of colourful crafts, Marrakesh is pretty cool.
But, did you know that Marrakesh makes for the perfect base for an all-out adventure trip? Well, now you do.
Whether you fancy hiking in the Atlas Mountains, admiring the Ouzoud Waterfalls, or even camping in the desert overnight (yes, really), there are plenty of things to fuel avid explorers in this gorgeous country.
In fact, we’ve written a complete guide to the best adventure tours in Morocco – many of which begin in Marrakesh.
With plenty of luxury accommodation (as well as some more affordable options), a trip to Morocco is possible on any budget. Though, we recommend making the time and cash for a traditional tea experience and a desert trek – camel ride totally optional.
If exploring nature is high on your priority list for 2024, make a trip to Cairns. Known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, this is a wonderland for thrillseekers and wildlife lovers alike.
Obviously, heading to the Great Barrier Reef is a huge pull. Though the area is equally filled with hikes, impressive beaches, and the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, which tells the story of the original residents of the area and offers a fascinating glimpse into the art and culture of the region.
And, if you’re after something a little bit more lively, Cairns Esplanade is where you’ll want to head for cocktails, booze, and delicious food in the evening.We took a trip here in September 2023 and loved using it as a base to explore the northern areas surrounding Daintree National Park. We booked a Billy Tea Safaris tour from our hostel and explored the likes of Cape Tribulation and the Great Barrier Reef over a span of a few days.
Sri Lanka is a country that we will not stop shouting about. Tucked away in the Indian Ocean, the teardrop-shaped island is emerging as a must-visit destination.
Whether you’re a hiker or a beach bum, Sri Lanka has got you covered. But we’re most enamoured with the Nine Arch Bridge and the breathtaking railway route that travels across it.
Take it from us – the best way to explore Sri Lanka is with one of Large Minority’s epic tuk tuk tours. These adventures see you traversing the country in your very own giant tin on wheels. Along the way, make sure you hit up the national parks of Sri Lanka for an exciting safari. Yala, Wilpattu, and Udawalawe are our top picks, in case you were wondering.
Adam’s Peak and the trails around Horton Plains National Park offer up a blend of adventure and awe-inspiring natural beauty. Here’s where you can hike through tea plantations, dense forests, and mist-covered mountains for an unforgettable experience
Another spot not to miss is the iconic rock fortress of Sigiriya. Climbing to the top of this ancient marvel rewards you with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. See why we’re kind of obsessed with Sri Lanka right now?
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
New Zealand’s rugged landscape is famed for being pretty (it’s responsible for most of Lord of the Rings’ epic establishing shots, after all), but nowhere is this more true than at Fiordland National Park on NZ’s South Island.
Majestic mountains made from glaciers have carved out the skyline here, and we promise you’ll fall in love with the snow-capped peaks that act as a backdrop in the national park.
Take on the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track for epic views out over the mirror lake and beyond. Oh, and you’ll want to head to the gargantuan Milford Sound fjord – Rudyard Kipling once described it as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. High praise, indeed.
If you want to explore Milford Sound – and you totally should – we recommend heading out on a boat tour like this one. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with the park’s unique wildlife, including dolphins and penguins. Or, for a different perspective, a scenic flight offers stunning views of the fiords, mountains, and glaciers.
Another spot you need to visit in Fiordland National Park is the Te Anau Glowworm Cave. And it’s exactly what you imagine. As you make your way through the cave, you’ll be surrounded by a myriad of twinkling blue lights, each one the product of tiny glow worms that call this place home.
Sheer beauty awaits at Fiordland National Park. And we guarantee you won’t believe your eyes.
If there’s anything we’re noticing about 2024 travel trends, it’s the boom in eco-tourism and conservation. And heading to the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary in Sabah certainly fits this theme nicely.
In fact, Sepilok is one of our favourite destinations from recent trips – we adored getting up close and personal with not only orangutans, but sun bears and cheeky macaque monkeys too. Though the latter often felt like a hindrance when we were cowering in fear at our jungle camp.
Want our recommendation? Stay at the Sepilok Forest Edge Resort. The staff are ridiculously friendly (something we found with absolutely everyone we came into contact with in Malaysia), the rooms are decent – we mean, Queen Judi Dench has even stayed there – and the food is incredible. We’re still dreaming about Malay pineapple curry.
With its towering peaks and diverse landscapes, it’s no wonder that Colorado beckons adventure enthusiasts to explore its wild and untamed beauty.
When you think of the Centennial State, you probably picture the Rocky Mountains. Us too – these rugged peaks are a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Boasting iconic summits like the Maroon Bells and Longs Peak, the state offers unparalleled opportunities for hiking, mountaineering, and rock climbing.
After a snowy escape? You’re in luck. When winter blankets the landscape, Colorado transforms into a skiing and snowboarding haven. With world-renowned resorts like Aspen, Vail, and Breckenridge, you can carve through powdery slopes against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery.
It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that Iceland makes it into our guide to the best adventure destinations 2024. The country is practically a playground for thrillseekers.
One of the things at the very top of our bucket list is swimming between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates in Silfra. With around 100m of underwater visibility – some of the clearest in the world – it feels like you’re soaring as you venture through the rift.
Aside from this, heading out on The Golden Circle is a must. This is a popular tourist route that spans around 300 km and covers some of the country’s most iconic natural wonders.
Encompassing the likes of Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall, there’s plenty of opportunities for hiking, diving, and snorkelling (brrr) along the way.
Oh, and we cannot discuss Iceland without talking about the Northern Lights – it’s one of the best destinations in the world for spotting the phenomenon.
Jeju is a little slice of heaven on earth. We’ve long known that Seoul is the place to be, but on the southern tail of the Korean peninsula is a tiny island that deserves a lot of attention. And we predict that tourists will soon come flocking in, so head there before it becomes the new go-to stop.
Hyeopjae and Hamdeok beaches are havens for nature lovers, while those seeking a little more adventure will want to delve into Manjanggul Cave to explore the mesmerising lava tube formations.
If you’re looking for a fun hike, the trail to the base of Jeongbang Waterfall is one of our favourites. Surrounded by dramatic cliffs and lush greenery, this is one of the island’s most famous waterfalls; so unique because it flows directly into the ocean.
Take it from us – you’ll also want to indulge in the gourmet scene on Jeju island – the ultra-fresh seafood and famous black pork are non-negotiable dishes you must order.
Peru is not exactly a hidden gem, but it’s a place you should definitely consider visiting in 2024. From the towering peaks of the Andes to the dense Amazon rainforest, Peru offers a myriad of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
No visit to Peru is complete without venturing to Machu Picchu, the iconic Incan citadel nestled high in the Andes. We recommend taking the Inca Trail, a legendary trek leading to the sacred site, though the Salkantay Trek offers a less crowded path, combining mountainous landscapes with a dramatic arrival at Machu Picchu.
There’s plenty more to this wonderful country, though. The Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, awaits adventurers. Take a river cruise into the heart of the jungle, embark on a canopy walk, and witness exotic wildlife such as monkeys, colourful birds, and elusive jaguars.
Tanzania is a prime destination for adventure travel enthusiasts, especially those looking for an immersive safari experience. Its stunning natural landscapes and diverse wildlife make it a magical place that offers unique and unforgettable experiences.
Serengeti National Park is the top adventure travel destination for spotting the world’s largest mammal migration. Witness this incredible spectacle firsthand on a game drive or on a hot air balloon ride over the plains for a memerising view from above.
Alternatively, head to Ngorongoro Crater for breathtaking views and the chance to see the Big Five up close. You can either opt for a guided safari drive or head out on a walking safari to explore the area on foot.
Lake Manyara National Park is a small but beautiful park that offers a diverse range of wildlife, including tree-climbing lions (yes, really), hippos, and flamingos. Sure, you can opt for a regular safari – but we urge you to head out on the unique treetop walkway that provides stunning views of the surrounding area.
Oh, and while you’re in Tanzania, it would be totally rude not to hop over to Zanzibar for a gorgeous beach vacation. You totally deserve it.
Our love for Slovenia and it’s capital is no secret, and we will not rest until it makes it onto everyone’s 2024 bucket list.
Ljubljana is a haven for city-slickers and nature lovers alike, with its huge green spaces (grab a hot choc and wander around Tivoli Park, you can thank us later), impressive viewpoints from Ljubljana Castle, and vibrant historic district.
But the cities also an epic hub for those seeking thrills. Whether you’re brave enough to soar through the air at Bovec, the biggest zipline park in Europe, or want to head to Lake Bled for an abundance of water-based activities, there is sure to be something for any adventurer.
One of our top reasons for visiting Slovenia? Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle, of course – these are two must-see attractions.
Postojna Cave is one of the most extensive cave systems in the world. The highlight of a tour, without a doubt, is the underground train ride, which takes you deep into the cave. Spooky stuff.
Predjama Castle is situated in a nearby cliff. This medieval fortress is the largest cave castle in the world and dates back to the 13th century.
We think that Slovenia is the perfect destination, no matter what your travel preferences are. The people are ridiculously friendly, the food is surprisingly brilliant, and the cafe game is STRONG.
Torres Del Paine, Chile
Ready for an adventure in 2024? Torres del Paine National Park sits in Chile’s rugged region of Patagonia and is ripe for exploration.
The area is known for being home to a number of impressive hikes. From which you can admire huge mountains, icebergs and glaciers, and mesmerising grassland filled with guanacos (Chile’s answer to the llama). We recommend tackling the famous W Trek if you’ve got the stamina – it’s well worth the effort.
But that’s not all there is to do in Torres Del Paine. Mirador Salto Grande is an impressive waterfall that needs to be seen to be believed, while Estancia 3R Ranch offers incredibly fun horse riding tours.
You might have seen an influx of TikTok and Instagram content about Antarctica earlier this year. And it’s no surprise; post-covid, Antarctica is ready to open back up again to curious travellers.
Sure, it’s one of the most expensive places on earth to visit. And you have to endure the often rugged journey through Drake’s Passage in order to get there. But this is all well worth it when you finally step foot on one of the most elusive travel destinations on the globe.
Antarctica is truly an amazing location. Where else do you get to gaze in awe at the huge icebergs and spot unique wildlife in their natural habitat, totally undisturbed? Exactly. It’s a pretty majestic sight.