Top Destination Doubs of 2024, according to Intrepid Travel

Young travelers want unique vacation experiences.
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  • Young travelers are looking for immersive, unique experiences, said Matt Berna of Intrepid Travel.
  • Some eschew popular tourist spots in favor of so-called „destination dupes.”
  • For example, book a vacation in Seoul instead of Tokyo.

Millennials and Gen Z travelers are bypassing tourist traps.

Matt Perna, President A brave journeyA small group travel agency told Business Insider that its company is moving away from destinations popular with 18- to 35-year-old tourists.

According to Berna, young travelers aren’t as bogged down by the FOMO — or „fear of missing out” — that plagued older generations. Instead, they want to set the tone.

„They want to be a trendsetter, going to the next cool place,” he said.

That’s why more and more young people are booking so-called „destination dips,” alternative vacation spots that are more affordable and less crowded than well-known destinations.

Intrepid Travel has compiled a list of destination dubs for travelers to consider this year.

Visit Corsica instead of Positano.


According to Intrepid Travel, the Mediterranean island of Corsica is a good alternative to the village of Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

„Unlike the bustling and tourist-friendly atmosphere of Positano, Corsica offers a more peaceful and tranquil environment, allowing travelers to relax and immerse themselves in the island’s calm and peaceful atmosphere,” the company said.

In Corsica, „passengers can enjoy a more authentic, peaceful and immersive experience, exploring the island’s natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and diverse activities without the crowds usually found in more popular tourist destinations,” the company added.

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Go to Seoul instead of Tokyo.

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Japan’s tourism industry is booming, with a record 3.1 million visitors this March.

Seoul is a great destination for travelers who want to explore an Asian megacity like Tokyo.

„Seoul offers an authentic and immersive cultural experience, allowing travelers to explore traditional Korean customs, arts and lifestyles in a dynamic and modern urban setting,” said Intrepid Travel. „This experience provides a deeper understanding of South Korea’s rich cultural heritage, which may be less accessible in popular tourist destinations worldwide.”

Go to Panama instead of Barcelona.

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Intrepid Travel told BI that travelers should consider adding Panama to their bucket list instead of Barcelona.

„Panama’s diverse natural landscapes, lush rainforests, exotic wildlife and pristine beaches provide a captivating backdrop for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike,” says the company.

Adventure Travel Company notes that Panama „has an inspiring cultural scene, influenced by its indigenous heritage, Afro-Caribbean roots and Spanish culture.” It „offers a dynamic and diverse experience for travelers who want to immerse themselves in local traditions, folklore and contemporary art, offering an authentic and rich journey that is different from the Euro-centric cultural landscape of Barcelona.”

Travel from Kefalonia to Corfu rather than split to Dubrovnik.

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People with a passion for traveling along Croatia’s coastline will love visiting the island across the Ionian Sea near Greece.

„Cruise through some of the most beautiful Greek islands in the Ionian Sea,” said Intrepid Travel. „Passengers can sail to secluded beaches, private islands, verdant hills and orchards, historic Venetian architecture, warm and inviting restaurants, and the world’s most transparent azure waters.”

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The company added: „With its unspoiled landscapes and pristine beaches, From Kefalonia to Corfu Unlike more crowded places, it offers a peaceful haven for travelers looking for a peaceful escape.”

Borneo tour over Bali.

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Bali is a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, but travelers can find similar vibes on the island of Borneo, Intrepid Travel said.

„While Bali is undoubtedly a stunning destination with beautiful beaches and rich cultural heritage, Borneo offers a completely different experience that is unmatched in its own right,” said Intrepid Travel.

The agency said Borneo has a „rich cultural tapestry” with influences from indigenous communities who have preserved their culture for „generations”.

„Travellers can immerse themselves in the authentic lifestyles of local communities, participate in traditional ceremonies and gain valuable insights into the unique customs and beliefs that define Borneo’s cultural heritage,” said Intrepid Travel. „By choosing Borneo over Bali, tourists can embark on a journey that is more than just sightseeing and offers a deeper appreciation of the natural wonders and cultural richness that define this remarkable destination.”

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