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8 Travel Destinations You Never Thought of


In a world filled with awe-inspiring destinations, it can be a challenge to narrow down where you’d like to visit next. Whether you want pristine beaches, cultural experiences, or breathtaking landscapes, there’s a destination waiting to be discovered.

As you plan your getaway for 2024, it’s essential to cover yourself with the right travel insurance. This means you can explore with peace of mind, knowing you’re guarded against the unexpected Did you know that last year, the average Travel Insurance claim was £973? And the average emergency medical treatment was £1,750[1]

Remember, the more you are spending out of pocket for things that could have been covered by your insurance, the less amazing holidays you can afford!

With that said, read on to discover these 8 travel destinations you never thought of.


A POV shot peering through the branches of the palm trees at a harbor full of small boats. In the background is a number of buildings and a hillside.

Bet you didn’t expect this one to be on the list. However, more travellers are uncovering the allure of Albania. This eastern European hidden gem is a country boasting stunning landscapes, warm hospitality, and unbeatable value. With more flights available and a growing selection of quality accommodations, Albania is quickly becoming a favourite among savvy holidaymakers seeking authenticity and adventure. With an average 3-hour flight from the UK, this location gives you a choice of historical cities, the Albanian Riveria and the option of skiing in the Alps.


Aerial from Eagle beach on Aruba in the Caribbean. Crystal blue waters and white sand

Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean, Aruba has pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, and vibrant culture. As British tour operators expand their offerings to include this enchanting island, travellers are discovering a slice of paradise that promises an unforgettable escape from the ordinary. With year-round good weather, beautiful snorkelling spots and friendly locals, Aruba is a no brainer. Flights from the UK take around 11.5 hours with a short stop in Antigua for refuelling.


Crystal blue water surrounded by blue and white buildings and a rock hill in the background,. in the water is a number of small white boats.

Crete is Greece’s largest island and a haven for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike. From rugged mountains to ancient ruins, Crete’s diverse landscape offers endless opportunities for exploring. Don’t miss the iconic Palace of Knossos, built by the ancient Minoan civilisation around 1100 BC, it’s a captivating glimpse into the island’s bronze age past. If sightseeing isn’t for you, Crete offers plenty of beaches and sunshine throughout the year so you can sit back and relax. Flights from the UK average at around just over 4 hours.


Crystal turquoise gentle sea and white sand with some palm tree's and huts in the background.

With its powder-white beaches and lush tropical landscapes, Mauritius is the definition of paradise. Beyond its natural beauty, this Indian Ocean Island draws in visitors with its local hospitality and rich cultural history. It’s a dream destination for many travellers seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. Mauritius isn’t just about the beaches though! There’s also the option of hiking in the Black River Gorges National Park, exploring some amazing museums or visiting the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden. Direct flights from the UK average around 12 hrs.


Bautzen in der Oberlausitz - old town Bautzen in Upper Lusatia, Germany

Saxony, located in eastern Germany, is a region steeped in history and culture. Saxony’s cultural landscape is more than 1,000 years old and it boasts over 500 museums. From the beautiful 17th Century architecture of Dresden to the trendy vibe of Leipzig, Saxony offers a rare blend of old-world charm and modern fun, making it a must-visit destination for travellers eager to explore beyond the beaten path. Plus direct flights from the UK average around just 1hr 40 minutes!

The Tyrol, Austria

View over Zell am See in Summer, Salzburg, Austria. A green foreground in front of a large lake surrounded by mountains

Austria’s Tyrol region, along with its Italian counterpart, the Sud Tyrol (South Tyrol), is renowned for its world-class ski resorts and stunning mountain views. In fact, its 500 mountain peaks rise more than 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) above sea level. However, beyond the winter season, this alpine paradise reveals a different kind of beauty, with charming villages, scenic hikes, and cultural treasures waiting to be explored. Another draw is the hearty local cuisine, sausages, wiener schnitzel and of course, beer. With Direct flights from the UK average around 4hr 15 mins.


Two people wearing traditional  Vietnamese Nón lá hats stood rowing a boat through a river with pink flowers and lily pads.

From bustling cities to serene beaches, Vietnam can offer travellers a diverse tapestry of experiences. With the recent introduction of visa-free travel for up to 45 days, there’s never been a better time to explore this country’s rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes. Popular cities to visit include Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, where you can hop on a scooter or moped Tours to show you around the fast paced cities. (Be sure to check if your Travel insurance covers you for these activities). Away from the cities, Vietnam is also home to some spectacular secluded islands including Phu Quốc and Lý Sơn – if you need a change of pace. Direct flights from the UK average around 14.5 hrs.


A pond with the sunset reflecting off it sounded by greenery and some elephants with a mountain in the background.

For nature enthusiasts, Zambia is a dream African destination teeming with wildlife, majestic waterfalls, and vibrant cities. With nearly a third of the country dedicated to wildlife conservation, Zambia offers unparalleled opportunities for unforgettable safari experiences and encounters with some of Africa’s most iconic creatures.

As you plan your next adventure, consider adding these 8 destinations to your travel bucket list. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or cultural immersion, these emerging hotspots promise unforgettable experiences and memories to last a lifetime. Happy travels!

Wondering how the times have changed? Check out the Top 10 most popular travel destinations for 2022 and see how many you can tick off!

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[1] Data from Association of British Insurers 2023