2024: Make it your best travel year yet

Turn your travel dreams into a reality this year, with these top tips from the experts

Most of us dream about travelling more, seeing the world, and escaping on more holidays to get a break from day-to-day life and the routine of work. So let’s make 2024 your best travel year yet!

The secret? Setting goals and careful planning - a few travel tips from the experts are all you need to take your 2024 holiday dreams and turn them into a reality. Here’s how:

Holidays don’t need to be expensive

People often make the mistake of thinking they need to wait until they have a lot more money before they can book that dream holiday - but there are always deals to be done. Keep an eye out for offers and flash sales through the airlines and travel agencies for your holiday. And make the most of discounts at the airport, to keep the cost of travelling down.

Plan ahead

Advance booking is usually your best way to guarantee the best prices. That goes for your flights, your accommodation, and even your airport parking, which is significantly cheaper when you book in advance instead of waiting until the last minute.

Stay on top of travel trends

We’re firm believers that you can visit a destination on any budget, but staying on top of travel trends will help you avoid the typically expensive tourist traps and see which destinations are having a moment in the spotlight - which means that airlines and accommodation will be offering deals.

For some early inspiration, our industry experts have rounded up three destinations tipped to be big in the travel industry in 2024:

1. Faro, Portugal

A sunseeker’s paradise, the capital of the Algarve has been often overlooked as a gateway to other nearby destinations, but this city’s popularity is now soaring thanks to its combination of holiday hotspots and rural authenticity. Big beach hotels meet whitewashed villages and charming converted country houses, so you can embrace being a sun, sea and sangria tourist, or live more like a local here.

Faro is also known for its world-class golf, and people flock here to play on the manicured greens facing the breathtaking Algarve. After dark, the city transforms with a lively nightlife, whether you want chic rooftop bars or hit the clubs.

2. Reykjavik, Iceland

Known as the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’, Iceland is unlike anywhere else on the planet. This is a place of almost continually erupting volcanoes, geothermal hot springs billowing with white smoke, whales dancing in the deep fjords and shimmering white glaciers. It’s not hard to see why Iceland regularly tops people’s bucket lists.

East of Reykjavik you’ll find the Golden Circle, a roughly 185-mile-long loop that’s famous for its unforgettable sights. Of course, no trip to Iceland would be complete without a Northern Lights tour, and Iceland’s latitude and lack of light pollution make it one of the best places in the world to witness this phenomenon.

3. Tenerife, Canary Islands

This island is a Brits Abroad holiday favourite, its location just off the west coast of Africa guaranteeing blue skies and sun-drenched days on spectacular beaches all year round. While it’s naturally a classic summer holiday destination, it’s also enormously popular with those wanting to escape the winter weather – temperatures still reach the mid-20s around Christmas.

Tenerife carries a reputation as a party island in the south, but Tenerife has a quieter, more cultured side in the north, where you’ll find more traditional charm and high-end hotels and luxury spa retreats.

And don't forget about weekend ‘mini’ breaks...

Remember, it doesn’t need to be a two-week holiday to a far-flung location or nothing at all - you can enjoy a cultured city break or a restful retreat in a single weekend. The key is speeding up the journey - as you don’t want to spend hours at the airport when you’re only away for a couple of days. Use services like FastTrack and fly through the Express Lane at Security and Passport Control. Less travel time = more holiday time.

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