Affluent travelers are looking beyond the tried and true for their vacations in 2024. With the entire world open for the first full year since 2019, these travelers are looking to stretch their travel legs and tackle trips they might once have put off until later.
These are the findings of two luxury tour operators – Abercrombie & Kent and Kensington Tours – when looking at their future bookings in 2024.
"While 2023 was a huge year for travel, there is no sign that demand is declining in 2024," said Helen Giontsis, president of Kensington Tours. "If anything, we are seeing more requests from clients to help them explore new destinations or revisit favorite places but with fresh perspective."
"We are seeing more and more travelers wanting to really push the limits in 2024 and take the long-haul trips of a lifetime they've been dreaming about for a long time," said Geoffrey Kent, founder and chairman emeritus of Abercrombie & Kent.
Here are the destinations (in alphabetical order) both companies are seeing take off for 2024.
More cruise ships will sail to Antarctica in 2024 than ever before, and most will be doing it completely sold out. In addition the destination simply being in high demand, 2024 marks the 150th anniversary of Ernest Shackleton's birth, and the milestone year will see some operators honor his expeditions in their programming.
A bucket list destination that is trending upwards thanks to pent-up demand, Australia will get more visitors in 2024 than at any time since the pandemic. It's not only the main cities that are in high demand. In addition to land-based touring, expedition cruises to the Kimberley region are becoming better known, with more companies offering Kimberley cruises.