MiNDFOOD Must-Visit Destinations for 2024

By MiNDFOOD

Relax in the bures at Turtle Island
Relax in the bures at Turtle Island
We asked MiNDFOOD Editor-in Chief, Michael McHugh for his must-visit destinations for 2024. From enchanting landscapes to cultural gems, explore the extraordinary places capturing his attention for the year ahead.

Turtle Island, Fiji 

Turtle Island, a part of the Yasawa group of islands, is the dream of Richard Evanson Snr. This volcanic island, with two peaks reaching approximately 300 feet above sea level, boasts 12 unique beaches, each with its own distinctive personality, nestled amid coral reefs on the 500-acre land.

Read about Michael McHugh’s adventure to Turtle Island in the Jan/Feb 2024 issue of MiNDFOOD

Waterfront and Rendsburggade in Aalborg, Denmark

Aalborg, Denmark

Explore the charm of Aalborg, Denmark, where historic architecture meets modern Scandinavian culture. From the picturesque waterfront to the vibrant streets, Aalborg offers a delightful blend of history and contemporary allure for travellers to discover.
 
Historic buildings from Queens Gardens, Rosalind Park. Bendigo was at the heart of the gold rush in the 19th century.

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia 

Art enthusiasts will find Bendigo to be a cultural hub, with impressive galleries such as the Bendigo Art Gallery, known for its diverse collection and world-class exhibitions. The regions rich gold rush history is evident in the well-preserved architecture of the city, including stunning Victorian buildings and the iconic Sacred Heart Cathedral. Visitors can explore the Central Deborah Gold Mine, gaining insights into the city’s mining heritage, or stroll through the beautiful Rosalind Park.
 
New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, credit: Rob Tucker

New Plymouth, New Zealand 

Drill a hole through the Earth from New Plymouth and you’ll emerge close to Bilbao in Spain. The cities have much in common: both off the beaten track, both ports that have seen better days. Both turned around their fortunes, and reputations, by taking a daring plunge into dramatic architecture and contemporary art, creating buzzing cultural and cuisine scenes.
 
Wat Samrong Kong pagoda, Battambang, Cambodia

Krong Battambang, Cambodia

Embark on a journey to Krong Battambang, Cambodia, where the tranquil countryside meets the rich cultural tapestry of the region. Discover the colonial architecture, explore the bustling markets, and soak in the authentic Cambodian experience in this enchanting city.
 
Notre Dame de la Garde in Marseille on a sunny day.

Marseille, France

Immerse yourself in the vibrant Old Port (Vieux-Port) of Marseille, where you can enjoy fresh seafood at bustling markets, explore historic forts, and take in panoramic views of the Mediterranean. Wander through the narrow streets of Le Panier, the city’s oldest district, filled with colourful facades, charming boutiques, and local cafes. Don’t miss a visit to the iconic Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, perched on a hill, offering breathtaking vistas of Marseille and its picturesque coastline.
 
 
Albany House at sunset in Western Australia, a heritage listed building on corner of Stirling Terrace and York Street near Princess Royal Harbor 

Albany, Western Australia, Australia

Albany beckons with its rugged coastline, pristine beaches, and rich history. Explore the iconic Natural Bridge and The Gap, witness the incredible Whale World, and delve into the city’s maritime heritage at the Historic Whaling Station. Albany’s charm lies in its natural wonders and captivating historical sites, creating an unforgettable experience.
 
Kite Surfing in Te Vakaroa

Surrounded by a crystal-clear lagoon, Rarotonga, the capital and main island of the Cook Islands, has led the way with world-first conservation efforts that have protected and preserved its marine life, reefs and habitat. 

Discover where to stay, eat and explore in Rarotonga

Kayaking passed the Wanaka Tree

Wanaka, New Zealand 

Visiting Wanaka promises a serene escape amidst the stunning landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island. Enjoy the tranquil shores of Lake Wanaka, framed by snow-capped mountains, and explore the vibrant town centre with its welcoming cafes, outdoor adventures, and the iconic Wanaka Tree along the water’s edge.

 

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