Where we want to go in 2024
Where would you like to travel to this year?
It's quite a simple question but when we asked our writers this, they surprisingly (or perhaps unsurprisingly) found the task difficult, umming and ahhing, fidgeting and unwilling to commit, mainly due to the tricky task of narrowing the list down from literally everywhere to one destination.
Here's what they come up with:
I once spent six hours at Istanbul airport, and enchanted as I was by the ample charging ports and Starbucks, I couldn't help but think there was more to Turkey than this.
I love chaotic places, so this year I'd like to amble through the frenzy that is Istanbul, crushing gozleme and sampling the lively nightlife on the Bosphorus. I'd like to avoid flares and death at the Intercontinental Derby football match between Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, and I'd especially like to cop an absolute beating at a traditional hammam, leaving as a new man, my creaky 31-year-old joints made to feel 29 again.
- Tim McGlone, Editor
- Roberto Serrini, contributor
Topping my travel wish list for 2024 is a cycling trip to Japan to tackle the Shimanami Kaido route. The 280km journey connects six Japanese islands dotted throughout the Setouchi Inland Sea. Apart from stunning views of the islands, water, temples, and whirlpools, it features the Kurushima Kaikyo Ohashi — one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.
Apart from indulging in my odd love of riding over a long bridge, what better excuse to indulge in a luxury ryokan onsen stay than a day spent in the saddle?"
- Kate Robertson, contributor