Adventure Specialists Share Their Top Destinations

As we reflect on the past year and look forward to the adventures that await in 2024, it’s the perfect time to think about your next travel destination. Our own Adventure Specialist team at Journeys International has curated a list of their top destination choices for 2024. We have balanced consideration for excellent local guiding and charming, culturally-imbued, and environmentally sensitive accommodations with our desire to avoid over-touristed areas. From the hidden valleys of Bhutan to the icy expanses of Spitsbergen, each location promises a journey filled with wonder and discovery. Here are our top 10 destinations to consider for your travels next year:


1. Bhutan – Land of the Dragon:

Bhutan, known as the Land of the Dragon, offers a unique blend of ancient traditions and natural beauty. Discover why this Himalayan paradise measures national success in Gross National Happiness through guided eco-travel and cultural expeditions.


2. Botswana – Wildlife & Wilderness:

Immerse yourself in Botswana’s diverse ecosystems and rich wildlife. The Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, and Chobe National Park await with their breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife, offering an unparalleled safari experience.


3. Central Asia – A Tapestry of History:

Venture into the heart of Central Asia, a region overflowing with history, culture, and color. Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan each offer a glimpse into ancient civilizations and culturally rich landscapes.


4. Greenland – Arctic Adventure:

Greenland, a destination for the hearty traveler, presents a journey into remote and environmentally sensitive areas. Engage with local indigenous communities and explore the ecosystem of the world’s largest island with the second-largest ice sheet.


5. Madagascar – A Biodiversity Hotspot:

Madagascar is a dream for nature enthusiasts, boasting an incredible array of wildlife, including 110 lemur species, and exotic flora. Experience the island’s unique biodiversity with stays in top ecolodges and nature resorts.


6. Morocco – A Cultural Mosaic:

Travel through Morocco’s imperial cities, the Middle Atlas Mountains, and the vast Sahara Desert. Experience the bustling markets, tranquil desert landscapes, and the rich historical tapestry that Morocco has to offer.


7. New Zealand – Landscapes and Heritage:

Journey through New Zealand’s stunning natural scenery, from pristine fjords to rugged mountains. Embrace the rich Maori cultural heritage and explore the great outdoors in this paradise for adventurers and culture seekers.


8. Panama – A Blend of Nature and Culture:

Panama, known for its accessible rainforests and incredible biodiversity, showcases a myriad of ecosystems. The country is also home to seven native tribal groups that continue to thrive alongside modern communities. Explore two ocean coastlines, the jungle between, the Panama Canal, and thriving cultural life.


9. Sri Lanka – Island of Diversity:

Discover the enchanting island of Sri Lanka with its spectacular coastal beaches, mountainous interiors, and Buddhist holy sites. Delve into archaeological wonders, wildlife parks, and tea plantations for a rich blend of nature and culture.


10. Spitsbergen – Polar Wildlife Wonderland:

Embark on an expedition to Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard archipelago, for a unique polar exploration with a surprising diversity of wildlife. Witness the Arctic wilderness active with birds and mammals, and understand the impacts of climate change in this remote and icy landscape.

Where do you picture yourself next year?

If you’re eager to start planning your 2024 adventures and want more information about these amazing destinations, we invite you to explore further. Each location offers a chance to create stories that will last a lifetime. Here’s to another year of unforgettable journeys, wherever you choose to explore!