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Habit-breaking holiday ideas for 2024 and beyond

Where do you go when it seems as if you’ve been everywhere already? It’s a common dilemma for those with a lifetime of holidays behind them. But travel is about more than just where you go: it’s about what you do and how you do it. To help inspire your next adventure, we’ve selected all sorts of habit-breaking ways to travel differently in 2024.

You could swap the plane for the train, go solo for the first time, join locals for a celebration, venture off the beaten track, and more. With us, you benefit from over 265 years of finding new ways to see the world.

Find your different way to travel below, or speak to one of our experienced team by phone and online.

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Choose hotels with character

Chain hotels can be reassuringly familiar, but offer a similar experience whether you’re in Delhi or Denver. Where’s the adventure in that? Staying in characterful, independent hotels is not only a more sustainable way to travel, it’s also a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture, whether that’s about hearing stories from the owner or sleeping in a piece of history.

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See a culture in a whole new light

Holidays are already special occasions. Add a national celebration into the mix, and you glimpse a culture at its most ebullient, with dances, delicacies and dazzling finery. Whether it’s on one of our group tours with festival departures, or a tailor-made holiday, this is your chance to mingle with the locals and participate in age-old traditions.

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A self-drive holiday is a liberating (and affordable) way to really get under the skin of a destination. Take the roads less travelled to discover wild coasts, national parks and remote regions most travellers never see. On our self-drive holidays we arrange accommodation and everything else, providing 24-7 support throughout – leaving you free to explore wherever the wind takes you.

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Choose the railway over the runway

Swapping the plane for the train lets you appreciate the scenery while sidestepping the stress of the airport, as well as being kinder to the planet and your wallet. High-speed services can whizz you across continents, while luxury trains elevate getting from A to B to a highlight of your holiday. From 2024, you can also join many of our Europe group tours by rail.

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See the world from the water

Once upon a time, the only way to see the world was by boat. And while we may have learned to travel faster and further, sailing remains possibly the most magical way to explore – whether along winding rivers, sleepy backwaters or open ocean. In 2024, embark on your own voyage of discovery.

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Be brave and go solo

Choosing a holiday just for you can be surprisingly liberating. And it needn’t mean travelling alone – more than 20 per cent of guests on our group tours are travelling solo. On our dedicated Solo Travellers tours, you travel free of single supplements, get closer to the local culture, and forge friendships with likeminded solos.

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Take a deeper dive with expert guides

The lecturers helming our Specialist-led tours use their knowledge of history, art and archaeology to bring a place to life. They can put you in the sandals of the ancients and behind the easels of masterpieces, painting you a larger, more colourful picture. For tours with more depth, look no further.

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Head into the great unknown

Why stick to the well-trodden path? With nearly 200 countries in the world, there is always somewhere different to explore. These overlooked gems promise rare experiences, fewer crowds, and are often more affordable. Despite flying under the radar, you still benefit from great guides, handpicked accommodation and round-the-clock support with Cox & Kings.

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Genuinely small groups

Small groups promise a more personal touring experience. That’s why Cox & Kings maintains a maximum group size of 18 guests on most tours, and an average of just 14.

Worldwide support

Enjoy round-the-clock support – in person, over the phone and online. This is made possible by our well-travelled staff and unrivalled network of offices in destinations across the world.

Your money is protected

Cox & Kings is ABTA bonded and ATOL protected. When you arrange a holiday with us, rest assured that your booking is secure and your money is protected.

Experts since 1758

Cox & Kings is a name you can trust. We’ve been helping the curious traveller explore for more than 265 years – longer than any other travel company.

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