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Top 9

Unusual Trips

for 2024

Author: Donná - Digital Content Executive at Explore Worldwide
Date Published: 20 November 2023
 

Ditch the typical beach resort holidays and opt for a more unusual trip where you get to experience a unique adventure that will leave you with lifelong stories.

From the medieval charm of Romania and the rugged beauty of Namibia's landscapes to the vast expanses of Mongolia and the unexplored wonders of Guyana in South America, our list of unusual trips will redefine your 2024 travel aspirations.

1. Romania

Romania, often overshadowed by its more popular European counterparts, emerges as a top unusual destination, inviting you to discover its diverse heritage, from medieval castles and charming villages to the vibrant energy of its cities.
 

On our 12 day Best of Romania trip, explore walled medieval towns and painted monasteries. See the towering peaks of the Carpathian Mountains and enjoy an exclusive cruise along the pristine waters of the Danube Delta. Hop onboard a steam train for a journey through the Vasar Valley to Nowat, passing through vast expanses of forests. The train journey ends with a spectacular scenic hike, where you'll take in the breath-taking views of the Viseu Valley.

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2. Namibia

Prepare to be captivated by the raw and untamed beauty of Namibia, a country that steals the spotlight as one of the top unusual travel destinations in 2024. Namibia stands out as a land of mesmerising contrasts, where vast deserts meet the wild expanse of the Atlantic coastline.
 

Join us for a safari adventure on our Namibia Lodge Safari trip and discover why it's set to be a top-tier destination for travellers in 2024. Known for its contrasting landscapes, you'll witness the Namib, the oldest desert on earth, distinguished as home to some of the strangest flora and fauna on the continent. One of the most unusual sights across Namibia is the ancient dead thorn trees found in Deadvlei. Deadvlei is a white clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei. The trees are estimated to be over 900 years old and have not decomposed due to the dry climate. With the contrast of the pitch-black trees, rusty-red sand dunes, and white clay pans, it has become a photographer's paradise.
 

A perfect ending to this trip is adding on our four-day extension to see the incredible thundering cascades of the Victoria Falls.

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3. Mongolia

Mongolia stands out as a top unusual destination, attracting travellers to a land of vast expanses and unique experiences. This exquisite country offers a rare blend of nomadic traditions, breath-taking landscapes, and a culture steeped in history, which is why we have brought back the trip to Mongolia in 2024.
 

Explore the vast Gobi Desert, on our 14 day Mongolia Explorer trip as you travel through the desert in 4WDs . Learn about the nomadic life with a visit to a local family included in this trip. A top highlight is the three day Naadam Festival, Mongolia's biggest celebration of the year that authentically showcases their cultural heritage. The festival consists of traditional games such as wrestling, horse racing, archery, and ankle bone shooting. providing an authentic experience.

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4. Guyana

Guyana emerges as an extraordinary and undiscovered destination for those seeking something truly different in their travel adventures. Situated on the north-eastern shoulder of South America, Guyana invites travellers to discover its untouched landscapes, rich biodiversity, and vibrant culture. In 2024, set your sights on this off-the-beaten-path destination where lush rainforests, extended savannahs and the mighty Kaieteur Falls captivate the senses.
 

Reintroduced for 2024 is our Natural Wonders of Guyana trip, which captures the rich diversity of pristine forests and wildlife. Your home for this trip will be comfortable riverside eco-lodges amongst indigenous communities. Spot a variety of bird species while walking through the rainforest on a canopy walk or while paddling on the Burro Burro River in indigenous dugout canoes. You'll also get to visit the Bourda Market, where you'll meet a local chef who will cook you an Indian and Caribbean-flavoured meal in his backyard café.

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5. Albania

Explore the cultural richness of Albania as it quickly becomes a new holiday destination choice. Beyond the well-trodden paths, this country unveils a world of surprises, from ancient archaeological sites to pristine beaches along the Adriatic and Ionian coasts. With the increasing interest in travelling to Albania, we have added a new family trip for 2024.
 

Albania has much to offer active families seeking a new Mediterranean holiday destination. From white-water rafting on Europe's last wild river to exploring the Ali Pasha fortress and enjoying a boat ride across the turquoise waters of Sazan Island, this trip will definitely make the list of top holidays your family has been on.

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6. Tunisia

This vibrant country offers a blend of history, culture, and breath-taking landscapes that set it apart from the usual tourist hotspots. Travelling through Tunisia allows you to discover a side of North Africa that's both authentic and intriguing. From the ancient ruins of Carthage to the golden sands of the Sahara Desert, Tunisia entices travellers with its diverse and captivating experiences.
 

Best of Tunisia is a new trip that we have introduced for 2024. This trip comprises of two unique accommodation experiences. You'll cross the largest salt flats in the Sahara before joining a safari tour, driving to your Sahara campsite, where you'll get to camp under the stars. Experience an overnight stay in a cave hotel after visiting the troglodyte cave dwellings. Step back in time as you visit the World Heritage ruins at El Djem, the best preserved Roman Amphitheatre in North Africa.

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7. Antarctica

Embark on an otherworldly expedition to Antarctica in 2024. This frozen continent, at the southernmost tip of our planet, offers a surreal landscape of towering glaciers, majestic icebergs, and wildlife thriving in an untouched realm. As the allure of offbeat travel grows, Antarctica emerges as a top destination, inviting you to experience the raw beauty of nature in a way that few have witnessed.
 

Our Antarctica trips voyage to the White Continent and offer an array of activities and experiences that go beyond the ordinary. Glide through icy waters on Zodiac excursions, providing an up-close encounter with colossal icebergs and the diverse marine life as you venture on our 12-day Classic Antarctica - M/V Greg Mortimer trip. The trip offers plenty of opportunities to step onshore the incredible continent and walk among hundreds of penguins. An educational adventure, our onboard experts share their knowledge with lectures and presentations throughout the trip to complete your Antarctica experience.

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8. Ivory Coast

Uncover the mysterious culture of the Ivory Coast. Explore bustling markets, pristine beaches, and lush tropical forests as you uncover the secrets of a destination often overlooked. Nestled on the West African coast, the Ivory Coast boasts an unique blend of vibrant cultures, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality.
 

Witness the mask dance in the hill villages of the Yacouba, take a walk to La Cascade Waterfall where you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the waterfall's pool, and visit numerous villages, meeting with local people to gain insight into their traditions and way of life—these are just a few of the activities that you'll experience on our Ivory Coast trip. As one of the world's largest cocoa exporters, your tour leader will seek an opportunity to stop at a cooperative cocoa farm for the chance to learn about the country's significant agriculture.

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9. Uganda

Nestled in East Africa, Uganda stands as a hidden gem, waiting to captivate travellers with its diverse landscapes and vibrant culture. Beyond its picturesque scenery, Uganda boasts an abundance of wildlife, including mighty gorillas and an array of vibrant bird species. The allure of Uganda lies not only in its awe-inspiring natural beauty but also in its commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism. Explore Uganda beyond the usual tourist routes and discover its rising status as a unique and top destination for your travels in 2024.
 

Our Uganda Gorilla and Chimp Safari Tour offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness majestic primates in their natural habitat within Bwindi National Park. This encounter allows you to get up close to the endangered gorillas and observe them while they eat and play. Search for lions, elephants, and buffalo during a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, then cruise along the Kazinga Channel, spotting hundreds of hippos and herds of elephants. Experience a night game drive in Lake Mburo National Park, one of the best places in Uganda to see a leopard.

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