Must-Visit Destinations for 2024: Where to Travel Next

By Ivan PetrenkoFeb 4, 2024 01:03 AMNews
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As travelers around the globe set their sights on new adventures for the coming year, Virgin.com has unveiled its highly anticipated list of the top destinations to visit in 2024. With an eye on diversity and the promise of unique experiences, the selection caters to a wide range of interests, from the thrill-seeker to the culture enthusiast.

Exploring New Zealand's Rotorua: A Cultural and Geothermal Wonderland

At the top of the list is Rotorua, New Zealand, a gem on the southern shores of the North Island known for its vibrant geothermal activity and deep-rooted Māori culture. Rotorua offers more than just a visual feast with its steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools; it's an opportunity to engage with the traditions of the indigenous Māori people. Visitors can experience the warmth of Māori hospitality with traditional hāngi feasts and explore the living Māori village of Whakarewarewa.

Valkenburg, Netherlands: A Winter Paradise

Valkenburg, a quaint city in the Netherlands, emerges as a winter wonderland, especially during the Christmas season. The town's underground markets and medieval ruins provide a festive backdrop that dazzles visitors. With its close proximity to Amsterdam, Valkenburg is an easy addition to any European travel itinerary.

Beppu, Japan: The Ultimate Spa Retreat

In line with the growing trend of wellness travel, Beppu, Japan, is highlighted as the go-to destination for those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. Known as the 'Onsen Capital of Japan,' Beppu's abundant natural hot springs invite visitors to partake in the revered Japanese bathing culture, offering a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Portland, Oregon: A Green City Adventure

Portland, Oregon, is celebrated for its commitment to sustainability and nature. This green city not only offers eco-friendly dining and shopping but also serves as a gateway to the stunning natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. From its renowned rose gardens to the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge, Portland is a haven for those who love the outdoors.

Buenos Aires, Argentina: A Culinary Journey

For foodies, Buenos Aires, Argentina, stands out as a destination that combines traditional flavors with contemporary culinary innovation. The city's vibrant food scene, from street markets to high-end dining, offers a taste of Argentina's rich culinary heritage.

Earn While You Explore with Virgin Red

Virgin.com's announcement also comes with the added bonus for Virgin Red members, who can earn 10 Virgin Points per £1 spent on accommodations booked through Booking.com. This partnership extends to flights with Virgin Atlantic, allowing travelers to earn points on both their stay and their journey to destinations like New York, Shanghai, Barbados, Cape Town, and Las Vegas.

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