A new hotlist of trending destinations for the coming year reveals the best in travel 2024 from the top 10 best cities, countries, and regions to include two new categories of the best value and best sustainable destinations, recognizing a total of 50 locations across the globe offering amazing experiences to enjoy in 2024. According to a news release these are the places to visit:
Spain tops the sustainable travel list, having taken enormous strides to boost off-season travel, expand renewable energy, spread visitors across the year, and bring tourism to previously overlooked destinations.
Wales too has been recognized as one of those leading the way in sustainability, thanks to its revamped railways expanding the possibilities of exploring the nation’s wild, wonderful west.
Patagonia, Ecuador, and the Baltic Trails of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are among those that provide more responsible ways to connect with nature.
And bouncing back strongly from the 2020 bushfires is Kangaroo Island, which remains one of South Australia’s great ecotourism destinations.
Slow Travel, a favorite topic with Lonely Planet readers, is celebrated by highlighting the Portuguese Way hiking trail and the continued rise of night trains in Europe. The popular sun-kissed country of Croatia is now easier to explore with the opening of the Peljesac Bridge shining a spotlight on the previously overlooked Peljesac Peninsula and a new highway means it’s now possible to travel directly between Split and Dubrovnik.
Algeria, the USA’s Midwest, the Greek island of Ikaria, and Normandy are just a few of those great value and often overlooked destinations, ideal for the cost-conscious traveler. Top cities include the sizzling, culturally cool Nairobi, Kenya, scenic Mostar, Bosnia with its infamous bridge and the revitalized Izmir, Turkey.
For those seeking to enjoy the great outdoors, the new Western Balkans’ Trans Dinarica Cycle Route is set to open in 2024 and Far North Scotland is bidding for UNESCO status for its unsung boggy interior and a coastline of heartbreaking beauty.
“Our picks for this year seek to both inspire and follow the instincts of 2024’s traveler. Best in Travel is Lonely Planet’s heart and soul of travel inspiration, responding to the enthusiasm of travelers who want to explore the world in an authentic way, led by local guidance, and has sustainable values at its core. With new takes on iconic destinations and 50 fresh ideas across five categories, we’re confident Best in Travel opens up a year of incredible adventures,” said Nitya Chambers, SVP content and executive editor.
Best in Travel 2024
- Patagonia, Argentina & Chile
- Wales Trails
- The Portuguese Way, Caminho Portgues de Santiago
- Hokkaido, Japan
- Baltic Trails of Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
- South Africa’s Eco Lodges
- The Midwest, USA
- Danube Limes, Bulgaria & Romania
- Normandy, France
- Ikaria, Greece
- Southern Lakes & Central Otago, New Zealand
- Night trains of Europe
- Nairobi, Kenya
- Paris, France
- Montreal, Canada
- Mostar, Bosnia
- Philadelphia, USA
- Manaus. Brazil
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Prague, The Czech Republic
- Izmir, Turkey
- Kansas City, Missouri
- St Lucia
- Western Balkans’ Trans Dinarica Cycling Route
- Kangaroo Island, South Australia
- Tuscany, Italy
- Donegal, Ireland
- Pais Vasco, Spain
- Southern Thailand
- Swahili Coast, Tanzania
- Montana, USA
- Saalfelden Leogang, Austria
- Far North Scotland
Source: Lonely Planet