2024 summer holiday ideas

2024 summer holiday ideas: Our team share their favourite summer itineraries

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We’ve made it through the months of January and February! As March rolls in, things are starting to get less about the grey skies, more about the spring flowers, and we’re savouring the feeling of the warm sun on our faces (finally!)

Why not make this the year that you propel yourself out of the ordinary, ditch the fly and flop and head off on an unbeatable adventure?

Dig out the flip-flops and picture those pristine beaches, lush green rainforests and vibrant cultures all ready and waiting for you to explore.

Our team of travel-loving experts been busy pulling together this list of 6 summer holiday ideas that still have availability, perfect for your 2024 escape…

Sri Lanka summer holiday

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“Summer is a fantastic time of year to travel to Sri Lanka for two reasons: wildlife and beaches!

During July and September, you can catch the annual elephant gathering in Minneriya National Park, spot leopards and sloth bear in Wilpattu National Park, and marvel at the marine life (including whales and dolphins) off the coast of Trincomalee.

The east coast beaches of Sri Lanka are SO underrated – think long sweeping golden sandy beaches and endless sunshine. Some are perfect for surfing and water sports, others better for paddling and snorkelling… chat to me and I’ll point you in the direction of the perfect Sri Lanka beach for you.” Rebecca, HA Sri Lanka specialist


These four Sri Lanka summer holiday ideas could make your 2024:

Sri Lanka Family Adventure – 14 days

Sri Lanka Summer Escape – 14 days

Safari, Surf and Scenery – 14 days 

Explore Sri Lanka’s Hidden Gems – 17 days 



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Costa Rica summer holiday

“Costa Rica is without doubt the most family-friendly destination in Latin America. Children will receive such a warm welcome wherever you go and there are so many activities to choose from that will appeal to children of all ages (even the adult ones!)  

This holiday idea will take you to 3 main regions and packs in plenty of quirky excursions. There’s a chocolate tour, canopy zip lining, a Tarzan swing and exploring the cloud forest canopy walkways. 

We’ll make sure there’s a good bit of balance though. A few days relaxing on Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches is crucial so you can completely unwind before you head home. (If the kids aren’t worn out yet though, there are boat trips and plenty of activities like snorkelling and surfing to keep them busy!” Dawn, HA Costa Rica specialist


Our favourite Costa Rica summer itinerary:

Costa Rica Family Holiday – 12 days


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Peru summer holiday

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We love Peru for family journeys! It’s got such a fascinating mix of history, colourful Andean communities, and great active adventures, just to shake things up a bit. 

With this contrast of experiences, you are sure to keep all the family entertained. If you have a bit longer for your travels, let us know, as we would also recommend adding on the Amazon rainforest lodge for a few days.

This is a varied and fun-packed itinerary full of memorable experiences to suit travellers of all ages! The itinerary takes in the most important sites of Machu Picchu, Cusco, and cosmopolitan Lima but has exciting twists to appeal to younger visitors.

Visit the mystical waters of Lake Titicaca and the curious floating reed islands; spot swooping condors at the Colca Canyon; amble through an explosion of colour at the local market at Chinchero. And you could even spend a few days at an Amazon rainforest lodge for a true slice of Peruvian wilderness.

If you have a good chunk of time to spend, why not tag on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise around the Galapagos Islands, too?” Dawn and Lou, HA Peru specialists.


Two Peru holiday ideas for this summer:

Peru Family Holiday – 13 days

Peru & Galapagos In-Depth Adventure – 19 days


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Borneo summer holiday

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“The UK summer months fall right in the heart of dry season for Sabah, Borneo making this the ideal summer trip for those wanting to spend lots of time out in nature. This tour combines the hustle and bustle of Malaysia’s capital with the very best of the endemic wildlife in Borneo and even offers some time to relax on a dreamy tropical island. It’s the perfect summer escape (if you ask me!)” Erin, HA Borneo specialist 


Wildlife and beaches in Borneo:

City, Sand and Orangutan – 12 day Borneo adventure


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Malaysia summer holiday

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This summer holiday idea is my personal favourite for Malaysia. It really shows off the wild and beautiful side of the peninsular. You’ll get the chance to explore the national parks, visit remote rainforests and (crucially) treat yourself to some downtime, relaxing on white sand beaches and snorkelling off the shores of a paradise tropical island.” Erin, HA Malaysia specialist

Erin’s favourite Malaysia holiday itinerary:

Explore Wild Malaysia – 18 days


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Galapagos summer holiday

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“Head out to the incredible Galapagos Islands for a true trip of a lifetime – this would make the perfect reward for the kids post-exam season!

The islands are great in July and August as it’s part of the cooler season but the water is still warm for great snorkelling and swimming.

The wildlife is, of course, unique and incredible. From start to finish you’ll be surrounded by a whole host of creatures, from sealions to giant tortoises and more. Honestly, it’s ready to wow you around every corner.

I love this summer holiday idea as it’s the perfect combination of cruise and land-based. So, you get to spend some quality relaxation time together as a family by the ocean as well as exploring the islands on board a small catamaran with only 16 guests to share the experience with!” Lou, HA Galapagos specialist


The ultimate family adventure:

Family Galapagos – 18 day summer adventure


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Have you got your summer holiday plans sorted yet? Get in touch with our team of friendly (and seriously knowledgeable) experts, to talk all things holiday today. Call us on 01242 253 073, email [email protected] or simply get a quick free quote to find out more.



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