Now that the holiday season is over it’s time to go on a vacation and relax after all the chaos right? But where? Are you a cruise person? Snow skiing in the Swiss Alps? Spending the day sunning and swimming? Sightseeing?

Where to Go

Well, Europe or stateside, it’s time to pack your bags, adventurous destinations and specialty cruises are among the latest travel trends for 2024.

Top 3 Trends for 2024

1. Adventurous destinations –Today’s travelers are more active and seeking out destinations where they have opportunities to take nature hikes, go rafting, visit markets, and participate in local life. Travelers are more willing to get out of their comfort zone to get to know their destination and return with memories they can cherish. This trend reflects the upsurge in interest one company has seen in places like Botswana and India. Reservations for Botswana are up 38% for 2024 compared to 2023, and India is up 169%, for example.

On Ultimate AfricaBotswanaZambia & Zimbabwe Safari, travelers journey to southern Africa where they will witness the power of Victoria Falls and enjoy game-viewing drives in Chobe National Park. They will also participate in activities like spending A Day in the Life of a Hwange village, where they will learn how locals live, tend to their animals, and raise their crops. Travelers on Heart of India visit Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Lucknow, and Varanasi, and can spend a night in a tented camp in rural Rajasthan to search for Bengal tigers in Ranthambore National Park. The company also allows travelers to go beyond India’s iconic sites by including activities like sitting down to a dinner in the home of a family in Jaipur and visiting a local school in a remote Indian village.

2. Specialty cruises – Travelers want to experience a deeper side of the destinations they visit through their personal passions—food, art, music, history, or other special interests.

In 2024, Overseas Adventure Travel and Grand Circle Cruise Line are introducing 12 special small ship and river cruise itineraries based on traveler demand for unique itineraries that match their interests.

From sampling tapas in Spain to learning to make pizza in Italy, O.A.T.’s new culinary departures for 2024 have been curated to highlight the rich culinary culture of each destination. For example, travelers will participate in an immersive cooking lesson on a popular Croatian dish—štrukli—a pastry-like delicacy made from stretched pasta, and enjoy the timeless dance of Croatian cheese and wine pairings as they soak up the Mediterranean sun on a special Culinary Cruise departure of O.A.T.’s Enhanced! Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast & Greece Small Ship Adventure. Travelers will sail aboard the 50-passenger M/V Arethusa for 10 nights as they enjoy the legendary cuisines along the Dalmatian Coast.

Other special themed departures include a wine-lovers tour of Europe and a deep dive into Bavarian culture. Travelers can also commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings aboard one of the special departures of Grand Circle Cruise Line’s The Seine: Paris to Normandy River Cruise. Exclusive activities include taking part in an in-depth discussion with a local historian, exploring Arromanches-les-Bains, visiting the new D-Day museum, and witnessing the well-preserved German artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer.

3. Solo interest – Solo travel continues to be one of the fastest-growing trends across the travel industry—and women are leading the charge. In 2019, about 40% of O.A.T. travelers were solo women. So far in 2024, that number has increased to 50%.

New Year Savings

Grand Circle Cruise Line itineraries are designed to maximize cultural interactions in groups of 38 travelers on average and offer the lowest per-diems available in river cruising. Grand Circle River Cruises are the most discovery- and value-rich way to traverse Europe’s waterways. Our fleet of privately owned vessels, accommodating 86 to 162 passengers, allows travelers to explore iconic capitals and quaint towns.

Grand Circle Travel offers discovery-rich trips at a comprehensive value. With groups of 30 fellow Americans on average, travelers enjoy a more relaxed-paced vacation with lengthier city stays—which means less packing and unpacking and more time for independent exploring.

Source: Overseas Adventure Travel