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For your big moments in 2024, book these destinations

Life is full of moments that deserve a memorable celebration. If you’re anticipating some big moments in 2024 and you’re planning a trip to celebrate, get some inspiration from our guide. Whether you’re getting engaged or having a baby, marking a milestone birthday or a graduation, or celebrating a new job or retirement, here are some of the best destinations to honor the most important events in your life.

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Proposals: Paris, France

Eiffel Tower in the distance under an archway Paris France

Ah, Paris! The City of Love remains the quintessential spot for popping the big question. Imagine proposing under the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower or on a moonlit walk along the Seine River with the historic architecture as your backdrop. Whether you bend the knee atop the Montparnasse Tower, in the shadow of the Louvre, or in the lush greenery of Jardin des Tuileries, there are endless enchanting places for your big proposal moment in 2024. After you get a “Yes!”, celebrate with a candlelit dinner or a visit to the “Love Wall” in Montmartre, the perfect symbol of eternal love.

If you’re thinking of Paris for your proposal, get inspired by the Trafalgar guests who popped the question in front of the Eiffel Tower. 

Propose in Paris on: Best of France

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Weddings: The Italian Lakes

Villa and gardens on the edge of Lake Como Italy

Dreaming of a fairytale wedding in 2024? The Italian Lakes are your answer. Renowned for its gorgeous scenery and exquisite cuisine and wines, the Italian Lakes are a spectacular wedding destination. You could tie the knot at a villa overlooking Lake Como, with the Alps rising in the distance. Or host a lakeside reception at Lake Maggiore, famed for its stunning botanical gardens. There’s also Lake Garda, with its historic castles and charming villages. Whichever island you land on is sure to provide a setting that’s both intimate and luxurious. 

Find inspiration for your wedding on: Best of the Italian Lakes

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Honeymoons: Banff, Canada

blue lake and snowy mountains at Lake Louise in Banff Canada

For honeymooners who love a blend of adventure and romance, Banff is right up your alley. Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff is dotted with iconic luxury hotels like the Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. You’ll wake up to the most spectacular nature right outside your window. Explore the stunning Moraine Lake with a kayak trip for two or go canoeing on the emerald waters of Lake Louise. Take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for breathtaking views or a drive along the Icefields Parkway. Indulge in a spa day in natural hot springs, indulge in local cuisine, or go stargazing at night. This will be a dream honeymoon you’ll cherish forever.

Book your Banff honeymoon: Iconic Rockies and Western Canada

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Anniversaries: The Greek Islands

illuminated whitewashed buildings in Santorini Greece

Celebrating a special anniversary in 2024? The Greek Islands are the ideal destination for your big moment. Raise a toast to your love with a wine-tasting tour through the famous vineyards of Santorini. Take a romantic sunset cruise along the caldera. Let your hair down and go dancing together at the lively beach clubs of Mykonos. Or escape to the lesser-known islands like Naxos, with beautiful beaches and charming villages. You could even delve into the ancient history and Greek cuisine of Crete. You can’t go wrong with an anniversary trip to the Greek Islands. 

Celebrate your anniversary on: Best of Italy and Greece

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Babymoons: Hawaii

rolling green mountains by the Na Pali coastline Hawaii

If you’re planning on welcoming a new member to the family in 2024, a relaxing babymoon may be just what the doctor ordered. Hawaii is a paradise for expecting couples, with stunning beaches, soothing spas, and delicious cuisine. On the island of Maui, take a scenic drive down the Road to Hana, with its serene waterfalls and lush landscapes. In Oahu, wander down the iconic Waikiki Beach and enjoy a traditional Hawaiian lūʻau. On Kauai, known as the Garden Isle, you can relax on the beaches or take tour around the spectacular Na Pali Coast. And don’t forget to enjoy some prenatal massages and spa days across the islands.

Book your Hawaii babymoon: Best of Hawaii

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Milestone Birthdays: Japan

bamboo forest Japan

Whether you’re turning 18 or 80 in 2024, Japan is a fantastic choice to celebrate a milestone birthday. The sheer diversity of the country makes it an ideal destination for everyone. In Tokyo, explore the bustling Shibuya Crossing, the trendy Harajuku district, and iconic landmarks like the Tokyo Tower. If you prefer a quieter celebration, the historic city of Kyoto offers tranquil temples and traditional tea ceremonies. Foodies can take part in a sushi-making class or a Japanese sake tasting experience. If you want to learn more about Japanese culture, you could learn the art of wearing a kimono, watch a sumo match, or experience a soothing Japanese onsen (hot spring). 

Celebrate your birthday on: Splendors of Japan

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Family Reunions: U.S. National Parks

El Capitan at Yosemite National Park

If you’re getting the gang back together in 2024, put the US National Parks on your list. You’ve got dozens to choose from, all with a variety of activities to suit almost anyone in your family. Marvel at the shooting geysers and remarkable wildlife of Yellowstone. Soak up the breathtaking views and hiking trails of the Grand Canyon. Explore the fascinating Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde. Or enjoy the scenic drives and walking trails through the lush forests of the Great Smoky Mountains. 

Book your family reunion: Scenic Parks Explorer

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Graduations: Vietnam

Island karsts and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay Vietnam

Graduation is one of the big moments of our lives, so celebrate the completion of your schooling years with an unforgettable trip to Vietnam. From the vibrant streets of Saigon to the beaches of Da Nang, Vietnam serves up a mix of adventure and relaxation, the perfect way to transition into the next phase of your life. Explore the charming architecture and street food of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Wander along lantern-lit streets and night markets of Hoi An. Or take a cruise through Halong Bay to see the stunning karst landscapes and peaceful emerald waters. 

Celebrate your graduation on: Vietnam and Cambodia Uncovered

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Career achievement: New York City, USA

sunset over the skyscrapers of New York City

Starting an exciting new career or scoring a big promotion at work in 2024? Why not celebrate your special moment with a trip? As the city of dreams, New York City is the ultimate destination to mark a career achievement. You could visit iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Take a walk through Central Park or explore the vast collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catch a thrilling show on Broadway or enjoy dinner at a rooftop bar overlooking the Manhattan skyline. The Big Apple is sure to leave you feeling energised and ready to dive into your career.

Celebrate your career achievement on: East Coast USA and Canada

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Sabbaticals: Peru

green mountains surrounding ancient ruins of Machu Picchu Peru

You may be planning on taking a well-deserved break from work in 2024, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than with travel. If you’re ready to get out there and explore the world, start with the ancient country of Peru. Start in the vibrant capital of Lima, famed for its delicious culinary scene. Hike to the iconic Machu Picchu, the Lost City in the Clouds. Explore Cusco, the former capital of the Incan Empire. Take a river cruise through the Amazon Rainforest, one of the world’s largest and most diverse ecosystems. Learn about traditional weaving and farming practices from Andean communities in the Sacred Valley. Peru dishes up a variety of history, culture, cuisine and nature for a truly enriching sabbatical. 

Book your sabbatical: Land of the Incas

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Retirement: New Zealand

wooden walkway winding through the grassland and mountains New Zealand

If you’re welcoming the golden years in 2024, why not start the retirement life with a bang? New Zealand is a brilliant choice for a trip that’s all about celebrating your big moment. Famed for its stunning landscapes, world-class food and wine, and rich cultural experiences, New Zealand is a one-of-a-kind experience – just like retirement. Outdoor enthusiasts can go kayaking in Abel Tasman or skiing in Queenstown. Cruise the extraordinary Milford Sound New Zealand, hike through Fiordland National Park, and discover the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. If you’re a foodie, head to the vineyards of Marlborough for the most beautiful wines, cuisine, and landscapes. You can also learn more about Māori culture with traditional performances and hangi feasts. And if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, you’ll love wandering through the Hobbiton movie set.

Celebrate your retirement on: Contrasts of New Zealand

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Are you celebrating any big moments in 2024? Let us know in the comments below!

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