Great holiday ideas for 2014Which? reveals ten top travel destinations

01 January 2014

Looking for inspiration for a memorable holiday in 2014? To help you plan your trip abroad, Which? Travel has selected ideas for ten great worldwide destinations.

Our choices are based on a wealth of Which? research. We have included destinations that are currently popular according to Which? Recommended Providers and other tour operators that scored highly in our holiday companies survey.

We’ve also picked several countries that have milestone events in 2014. Travel experts at Which? have visited all ten places over the last four decades, and we have chosen this list as part of research to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Which? Travel magazine.  

Our ten overseas destinations for 2014 are pictured below. If you’re thinking about a holiday in the UK instead, see our separate recommendations for visiting North Yorkshire.

What's new in 2014?

South Africa and its scenic landscapes may well tempt potential tourists from this Friday with the UK movie release of the biopic ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’. 2014 also marks the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela becoming the country’s president, while Cape Town may become even prettier than usual as it has been chosen as this year’s World Design Capital. The strength of the sterling against the rand makes South Africa a great-value destination.

Latvia becomes the latest country to join the Eurozone today, dispensing with the lats currency. Its capital, Riga, looks set to attract more travellers this year with 200 cultural projects and events planned as part of its status as 2014 European Capital of Culture. These include what should be Europe’s largest summer solstice celebration and northern Europe’s largest light festival in November.

Brazil will be the centre of attention in June and July when the world media arrives for the World Cup. Wait until the footballers have left to avoid sky-high prices and make the most of the improvements to infrastructure.

Indonesia teems with exotic wonders such as the world’s largest living lizard (the Komodo dragon) and flower (the rafflesia), orang-utans and steaming volcanoes. From May, it will get easier for Brits to get to Indonesia as the first ever non-stop flights from the UK are launched by Garuda Indonesia - to Jakarta on the island of Java.

Where to go on holiday

If you’re looking for a European break, our other recommended travel destinations are:
• Tuscany
• Switzerland
• Mallorca

If you prefer to set your sights further afield, we also suggest:
• Morocco
• Mexico
• Vietnam

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