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The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2024

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Where to go in 2024, according to Travel + Leisure editors — for cultural immersion and major travel bragging rights.

Since 1971, Travel + Leisure editors have followed one mission: to inform, inspire, and guide travelers to have deeper, more meaningful experiences. T+L's editors have traveled to countries all over the world, having flown, sailed, road tripped, and taken the train countless miles. They've visited small towns and big cities, hidden gems and popular destinations, beaches and mountains, and everything in between. With a breadth of knowledge about destinations around the globe, air travel, cruises, hotels, food and drinks, outdoor adventure, and more, they are able to take their real-world experience and provide readers with tried-and-tested trip ideas, in-depth intel, and inspiration at every point of a journey.

Well, you knew it was coming. This year, more than 20 Travel + Leisure staffers weighed in to create this hand-picked list of the places that thoughtful, curious travelers should consider in 2024.

These are the destinations that have captured our imaginations, the spots where T+L editors want to spend their own time in the year ahead. Among the picks are Canada's Métis Crossing, which headlined our October 2023 issue ; Istanbul, for which our editor in chief makes a compelling case ; and Paris, because there's a little thing called Les Jeux Olympiques coming up.

Other, lesser-known places are on the rise. Consider the small towns of Sonoma County, where new businesses are doing big things ; a remote corner of Australia, where expedition ships are the way in; a Himalayan hideaway where visitors are left breathless and not just because of the altitude.

We hope this list inspires you to see the world in a new way in the coming year. We'll see you out there.

— Edited by Paul Brady and Maya Kachroo-Levine  

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For cultural immersion, ålborg, denmark.

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It rates as Denmark’s fourth-largest city, with around 120,000 residents, but out-of-the-way Ålborg might seem an unlikely international-travel hub. That's not stopping Scandinavian Airlines, which is betting on the compact, alluring city with newly launched flights from Newark Liberty International, which will run three times a week from April through October. The cobbled streets of Ålborg’s old town are lined with half-timbered houses and pastel exteriors; the attractively refurbished waterfront — where you’ll find the newly renovated Pier 5 Hotel — is another walkable district. The city’s rich cultural scene includes a modern art museum , an architecture center, and, a short drive away, Regan Vest 404 404 , a Cold War museum that opened in a former bunker in February 2023. Indeed, Ålborg is a gateway to the wider region of North Jutland, with its dramatic coastline around the town of Skagen, long a draw to Danish artists; windswept dunes of Thy National Park ; and 2,000-year-old Viking ring fortresses which have, at long last, been collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site . — Peter Terzian

Cartagena, Colombia

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A perennially hot destination, Colombia is coming into its own as a luxury escape these days, thanks to a ton of excitement in and around Cartagena, on the country’s Caribbean coast. In 2023, the city welcomed Casa Pestagua , a 16-room boutique hotel within a restored 17th-century building, in the historic center. Now, the same owners are working to open bungalows on Isla Barú, a popular day-trip spot, before the end of 2023. Sustainability minded travelers can find their fit at Blue Apple Beach , an eco-hotel on Tierra Bomba Island, just off the coast, that’s B Corp certified and generates half its power from solar, as T+L recently reported . In 2024, Disney's “Encanto”-themed tour of Colombia will debut, shining more light on Cartagena, one of the many stops on the itinerary. And there’s even more growth in the pipeline: Delta Air Lines is adding new nonstop flights to Cartagena from Atlanta in December 2023, a Four Seasons hotel is on the horizon, and the nation is investing in an airport expansion that will serve an ever-increasing number of visitors. — Susmita Baral

Eastern & Oriental Express, a Belmond Train

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After a four-year pause, this luxury train that crisscrosses Southeast Asia will ride again in February. Several new itineraries will be available on the revamped Express, which has 15 cherry wood–clad cabins and vibrant Malay-inspired decor. The Essence of Malaysia journey, for example, takes travelers from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, with side trips to Langkawi, for snorkeling in Pulau Payar Marine Park, and Penang, among the greatest food cities on the planet. Alternatively, a Wild Malaysia option includes a stop at Taman Negara National Park, where visitors might spot a Sumatran rhino or tiger. “These ‘slow travel’ journeys give our guests the opportunity to rest their mind, rekindle, and reconnect,” said Dan Ruff, the CEO of Belmond. Much like a storied ocean liner, the majestic Eastern & Oriental Express is a destination unto itself, with a sultry piano bar car; an open-air lounge with wicker furniture where passengers can watch the Malaysian jungle rush by; and two restaurant carriages serving Peranakan food. You may not have had "eating laksa on a luxury train" on your 2024 bingo card, but you really should. — Maya Kachroo-Levine

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For one month between June and July, soccer — or should we say fußball — will take over Germany, as the nation hosts the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship. Held every four years, the tournament for men’s national teams will take place in 10 cities across Germany, including Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich. “This will be an incredible, not-to-be-missed moment,” said Sofia Markovich , a travel advisor on T+L's A-List who specializes in Austria and Germany. “I expect interest to go through the roof as this is a major sports event — second only to the World Cup.” Even casual fans should find the atmosphere thrilling, Markovich said, particularly those who happen to pass through game-day destinations while cruising the country’s rivers . One host city deserves a particular spotlight thanks to the new Rosewood Munich , which opened in October. Set across two buildings (one, formerly the headquarters of the State Bank of Bavaria, the other, a Baroque residence), the 132-key property is steps from the charms of Old Town, including the leafy Maximiliansplatz, and walkable to one of Europe’s most surprising surf spots: the rapids of the Isar River . — Liz Cantrell

Métis Crossing, Alberta

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“This is not a place where you look at old things behind glass,” said Juanita Marois, the CEO of Métis Crossing, one of Canada’s most compelling Indigenous tourism projects. “This is an immersive destination where you experience the culture and the warmth of the Métis people through our land, water, skies, buildings, food, and programs.” The 688-acre retreat, which writer Carleigh Baker detailed in T+L’s October 2023 issue , is today home to a 40-room lodge, a cultural center, and campgrounds. Depending on the season, visitors can learn about traditional crafts, enjoy festivals held on-site, or head out for bird-watching, canoeing, or snowshoeing. A new addition to Métis Crossing is a collection of eight Sky Watching Domes , luxe stand-alone suites with panoramic skylight windows. From the Domes, Marois explained, “guests can listen to Indigenous stories of the night skies, see the stars, and view the aurora borealis." — Jalyn Robinson

Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park, Georgia

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It’s not every day the U.S. gets a new national park, but 2024 could see this central Georgia destination enter the fold. Presently managed as a national historical park, Ocmulgee is home to large earthen mounds, including temple complexes, created by numerous Native American peoples over thousands of years. Should Congress approve the new designation in 2024, Ocmulgee will become the first national park in the state and the first in the U.S. to be co-managed by a nation whose ancestors were removed from the area: the Muscogee (Creek) were forcibly relocated from central Georgia as a result of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. “We now have an opportunity to come back and not feel like we are visiting, but to feel like we are coming home,” said Tracie Revis, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the director of advocacy for the Ocmulgee National Park & Preserve Initiative, a community group. The gateway to the park is the city of Macon, where the Muscogee (Creek) Nation flag flies alongside the Stars and Stripes, and the street signs are being replaced with ones written in both Muscogee and English. A particularly opportune time to visit will be in September, for the town’s annual Indigenous film festival . — Liz Cantrell  

Rajasthan, India

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India’s northwestern state of Rajasthan, with its wealth of iconic hotels and cultural attractions, is one of the best-known among U.S. travelers. It also promises new delights in the coming year, with several new addresses in Jaipur worth planning a trip around. There's Villa Palladio , a delightful nine-room hotel on the outskirts of town created by the Swiss-Dutch team behind Bar Palladio , an Instagram favorite in the city center. The Johri is a beautifully designed five-room property with a chic cocktail bar and organic vegetarian restaurant on the ground level, tucked away in a heritage townhouse in Jaipur's Old Town. Meanwhile, the Anantara hospitality group is set to launch its first-ever property in India next year. The 150-room, new-build Anantara Jaipur Hotel is designed with India's ballooning market for destination weddings in mind: it will have event facilities that can accommodate as many as 2,500 guests. In the meantime, the city and wider region are becoming more accessible than ever, thanks to a new six-lane expressway that connects Jaipur to New Delhi, a major hub for international flights. — Flora Stubbs

Shinta Mani Mustang, Nepal

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A once-forbidden kingdom is now home to some truly palatial digs. Nepal’s Mustang district, which opened to outsiders in 1992 , is a place to watch in 2024 thanks to this stunning, 29-suite hotel, which welcomed its first guests in August. Shinta Mani Mustang, the latest property from the Bensley Collection, delivers the luxurious wellness experiences and thoughtful design that devotees of the brand have come to expect. Guests can spend their days trekking the surrounding Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, searching for rare wildlife like the Pallas’s cat and Tibetan wolf, horseback riding, and visiting local villages. “What caught my attention was that the outstanding aesthetics and architecture are in sync with sustainable and responsible tourism,” said Carole Cambata, an advisor on T+L's A-List and expert in Himalayan travel. “They sourced local building materials and used Indigenous construction methods.” The noteworthy opening comes at a time of positive change: in April, the Nepal Mountaineering Academy and the Nepal Tourism Board partnered on a program to educate the country’s first-ever class of LGBTQ+ trekking guides, CNN reported , in an effort to make Nepal’s hiking and climbing industries more inclusive. “Nepal is one of Asia’s most progressive countries for LGBTQ+ people due to laws that forbid gender identity discrimination,” said John Clifford , another A-List advisor. “Visitors to the country can even select ‘other’ as an option for gender identification on their visas.” — Samantha Falewée

Tallinn, Estonia

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This country’s literacy and secondary education rates consistently rank near the top in Europe, especially among women, so it should come as no surprise that Tartu, the university city to the southeast of Tallinn, has been designated Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2024 . Still, for first-timers to the Baltics, there’s no better place to get schooled than the country’s capital city, Tallinn: its walled Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best-preserved examples of Medieval architecture in the world. PoCo Art Museum , which opened in May with pop art by Andy Warhol, Banksy, David Hockney, and Jeff Koons, is now one of nearly 50 art institutions in the city, joining Fotografiska (world-renowned photography), Kumu Art Museum (contemporary Estonian art), and Kadriorg Art Museum (early European and Russian art). After soaking in the culture, head for the Noblessner district , an industrial shipyard area turned seafront hot spot that’s now bursting with stylish cafes, shops, and Estonia’s first restaurant with two Michelin stars, 180° by Matthias Diethe . (You might also try a “ smoke sauna 404 404 ” at Scandi-chic Iglupark .) As for where to stay, the new Nunne Boutique Hotel has views over Old Town’s Towers Square . —  Nina Ruggiero

Warsaw, Poland

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The thriving contemporary art scene in Warsaw, which is home to art-circuit stalwarts like the Foksal Gallery Foundation and Raster Gallery , will get a big boost in 2024, when the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw finally moves into its own headquarters. Founded in 2005, the museum has burnished the city’s art reputation for two decades, with its holdings of both foreign and Polish work, despite operating out of temporary spaces. The new HQ will be part of a 22-acre arts district centered on the existing Palace of Culture and Science, a Stalinist skyscraper that towers over the city. The museum, along with a new 800-seat TR Warszaw Theater nearby, was designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners , the architecture firm behind other notable institutions, including the Glenstone Museum in Maryland and portions of New York’s Corning Museum of Glass . — Denny Lee

For the Food and Drinks

The austrian countryside.

Journey south of Vienna and you’ll find two of the regions that give the countryside of Austria its fairy-tale quality. Styria has rolling hills and hiking trails, with the medieval city of Graz at its heart. Mellow, rural Burgenland is home to Lake Neusiedl, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Both regions have a long, rich history of winemaking, and in recent years, have become the site of a burgeoning natural wine scene. Cult producers such as Winery Maria and Sepp Muster 403 and Alice & Roland Tauss should be at the top of any visitor’s list, as should Burgenland’s beloved vintners Gut Oggau and Meinklang . Then, round out a visit to the country with a stay at Rosewood Schloss Fuschl , a meticulously restored 15th-century castle opening on the shores of a small lake near Salzburg in spring 2024. — Peter Terzian

Mérida, Mexico

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The capital of Yucatán, this city has long been popular with Mexican travelers drawn to its Maya ruins, cerulean-blue cenotes, restored haciendas, and incredible food . But it has a growing acclaim among international visitors — especially LGBTQ+ travelers, who often describe Yucatán as very gay friendly . Mérida’s historic beauty and laid-back cantina culture might explain why LGBTQ+ retirees have embraced the city in recent years, buying homes and bringing their friends along. Those not ready to make a full-on move will find lots of designer hotels carved out of stately mansions, not to mention wonderful shopping and plenty of food tours, both in the city and in the surrounding countryside, which is punctuated by haciendas, many of which host pop-up events or even overnight guests. Plans for a sprawling new “ Yucatán Central Park ,” with a food market and amphitheater, remain hazy, as does an exact timeline for the arrival of the ballyhooed Maya Train , which is nearing completion and should make it easier to hop between Mérida and popular seaside spots such as Cancún and Tulum. — Denny Lee

Sonoma County, California

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More than double the size of Napa, Sonoma might offer twice as much to do. It’s not just about the wine — though with the addition of a new American Viticultural Area (AVA) called West Sonoma Coast last year, Sonoma County now has 19 AVAs slinging chardonnay, pinot noir, and zinfandel at established wineries, such as Flowers and Scribe , and new ones, including Vérité Wines . There’s also a long coastline to explore, from Bodega Bay up to Sea Ranch, where the dreamy, cliff-top Sea Ranch Lodge is newly renovated . Inland, the opening of Dawn Ranch shines a spotlight on Guerneville , a crunchy town along the Russian River known for its LGBTQ+ scene and proximity to the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Tear yourself from the 22-acre haven, with tree house–like cabins, creekside glamping tents, and alfresco redwood tubs at the idyllic spa, to bike into town where the reimagined Piknik Market serves one of Oprah’s favorite biscuits . The changes coming to Sonoma County in 2024 are largely shaped by the area’s most famous chefs: in Healdsburg, California, Noma alum Stu Stalker debuted the plant-based restaurant Second Story, above Little Saint and down the street from Michelin three-starred SingleThread and chef Dustin Valette’s The Matheson . Restaurant powerhouse Charlie Palmer plans to launch his hotel brand, Appellation , in Healdsburg by the end of next year. — Maya Kachroo-Levine

For Big-city Thrills

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“It’s a classic Asian megacity: frenetic, neon-lit, and overwhelming to the senses,” said Jack Tydeman , a Southeast Asia specialist at Audley Travel and member of T+L's A-List. But change is coming to Bangkok, in the form of many megaprojects, including Dusit Central Park, which is slated to open in 2024, with the 259-room Dusit Thani Bangkok Hotel and a multi-terraced roof park. Also coming soon will be King Rama IX Memorial Park, a park that honors the sustainability initiatives of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Meanwhile, Lumpini Park , Bangkok’s original public green space, is getting a massive refresh next year that will add a new food hall, a vegetable farm, and a sports club ahead of its centennial. Even while sprinting to finish these new developments, Bangkok is finding time to slow down and prioritize wellness. Luxury travel network Virtuoso recently named Thailand as just one of five “emerging self-care destinations” worldwide, noting that “travelers are seeking a more spiritual journey, turning to Thailand for more than the traditional Thai massage.” The forthcoming Aman Nai Lert Bangkok , slated for 2024, is sure to deliver, with 52 spacious suites overlooking Nai Lert Park and a multifloor wellness sanctuary. — Susmita Baral

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The year ahead has the Land set to shine, thanks to national and international events, world-class cultural expansions, and the rebirth of historic hotels. It all starts in April, when the NCAA Women’s Final Four comes to the state-of-the-art Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and a total solar eclipse sweeps over the city on April 8, 2024. Cleveland will see even more action when the Pan-American Masters Games crisscross the city July 12-21. And in November, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which was held in Brooklyn in 2023, will return home. Meanwhile, many institutions are in the midst of revitalization. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is nearing completion of its multiyear $150-million expansion, with updated exhibits and new public spaces in University Circle. Karamu House , the nation’s oldest Black producing theater, will debut a new restaurant, outdoor stage, and an additional venue in the Fairfax neighborhood. The city’s oldest hotel will reopen in 2024 after extensive renovations as a Marriott Autograph Collection called Hotel Cleveland. Also coming is the Fidelity Hotel, a new boutique property with a speakeasy that's slated to launch in a landmark building downtown. There’s development along the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie, too, where paved hiking and biking trails are livening up a waterfront that has, for many decades, been underutilized. — Jennifer Salerno Yong

Fort Worth, Texas

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Offering classic Western experiences like bull riding, cattle drives, and stock shows, Fort Worth, Texas, is booming, bringing in $3 billion in tourism revenue last year alone. With all of the renewed interest in the city, luxury hotels are flocking to Cowtown’s Cultural District. The Crescent Hotel, Fort Worth opened in November, home to the first-ever wellness club by Canyon Ranch and a Mediterranean restaurant by Food Network chef Preston Paine. Bowie House, Auberge Resorts Collection , is slated to open its doors December 2023, with a tree-lined pool terrace, chic spa, and upscale chophouse called Bricks and Horses. Walking distance from both hotels is The National Cowgirl Museum , which will run a 2024 exhibit honoring the Mexican female horseback riding tradition of escaramuza charra . Looking ahead, the National Juneteenth Museum is scheduled to open in the city’s Historic Southside neighborhood in 2025. — Mariah Tyler

Turkey’s style capital is seeing a resurgence of life along the Bosphorus, thanks in part to the Galataport, the world’s first underground cruise ship terminal with a pedestrian promenade and the Renzo Piano–designed Istanbul Museum of Modern Art just above. Another neighborhood anchor is the 177-room Peninsula Hotel , spread out over four buildings, three of which date to the early 1900s. Highlights include a glittering pool facing the Hagia Sophia; a sprawling, subterranean spa; and Gallada, a rooftop restaurant from whiz kid chef Fatih Tutak, whose eponymous restaurant is Turkey’s first to earn two Michelin stars. The hotel staff wears posh uniforms courtesy of Arzu Kaprol, a designer who has a boutique in the nearby Paket Postanesi, a historic post office turned chic shopping mall. Also on the waterfront, in Beşiktaş, the lavish Çırağan Palace Kempinski has been reimagined by local interior designer Serdar Gülgün, with rooms that lean into Ottoman-era grandeur (think tulip-pattern motifs and mother-of-pearl furniture). Finally, don’t miss The Basilica Cistern, open again after a five-year closure, and now hosting contemporary art exhibits amid the ancient columns. — Jacqui Gifford

Kansas City, Missouri

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World famous for barbecue and jazz, KC is now staking a claim as a global leader in sports and entertainment — and not just because of Taylor and Travis . In March, the Kansas City Current, of the National Women's Soccer League, will open the first-ever purpose-built stadium for women’s pro sports. “It will be a destination for sports lovers and will inspire generations of girls to follow their dreams,” said Katie Mabry van Dieren, CEO and curator of The Strawberry Swing , a brand that organizes events and pop-ups in the city, as well as Shop Local KC , a string of boutiques. The stadium’s construction has spurred other developments around the city, including the forthcoming Origen Hotel KC , a 118-room boutique property; the massive Berkley Beer Garden; and an extension of the free KC Streetcar that will serve the Berkley Riverfront area. Also coming soon is the country’s first entertainment district of its kind, the Rock Island Bridge , a reclaimed rail crossing over the Kansas River. “Visitors will be able to enjoy two levels of entertainment with food from two restaurants and three bars, plus a covered event space with a dance floor and open veranda seating overlooking the river and city,” a source told T+L of the High Line–inspired project that will connect Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas. — Jalyn Robinson

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Just when you think Sin City can’t get any bigger, louder, or glitzier, Las Vegas turns it up another notch. On the heels of blockbuster residencies from Adele , Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga, U2 kicked off their inaugural stint at the long-anticipated Sphere this fall. Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky’s immersive sci-fi production “Postcard from Earth” will also show off the new arena’s 16K LED display, beginning this fall and continuing through 2024. Formula 1 and Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive captured a growing American audience for the international racing circuit, and the Las Vegas Grand Prix will hit The Strip Nov. 16-18, 2023, and again Nov. 21-23, 2024. It won’t be the only megaevent on the sports calendar: Las Vegas will host Super Bowl LVIII on Feb. 11, 2024, at Allegiant Stadium, marking the first time the game will take place in Nevada. Still not enough? The 67-story Fontainebleau Las Vegas will open in December with 3,700 rooms and a ton of buzzy restaurants, including a Casa Dragones Tasting Room and a Chinese noodle den from the restaurateur behind Wagamama and Hakkasan. — Elizabeth Rhodes

Louisville, Kentucky

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The Kentucky Derby will celebrate its 150th anniversary on May 4, 2024, as well as the debut of the redesigned Churchill Downs Paddock, which is coming off a multiyear, $200-million renovation. Those that can’t make race day can brush up on the event’s history and culture year-round at the Kentucky Derby Museum , which has interactive exhibits on subjects like Black horsemen’s contributions to racing . Continue on theme at Derby City Hotel, a Canopy by Hilton property, which will open in downtown Louisville this summer with 168 rooms plus a rooftop pool and bar, or opt for another new property, such as The Myriad Hotel, Common Bond Hotel Collection , or the trendy Hotel Genevieve by Bunkhouse Group. Also coming in 2024 is “Ali,” a musical about the Louisville icon, which opens at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in the fall. There’s news on the spirits scene, too, including the launch of Bourbon and Belonging – Kentucky’s Queer Bourbon Week, a statewide celebration running Oct. 3-6, 2024, that will have events in Louisville and beyond. — Elizabeth Rhodes

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As close as you can get to Europe without the transatlantic flight, this island city of nearly 2 million is newly relevant in the year ahead, thanks to forward-thinking infrastructure that’s made it one of the greenest and most visitor-friendly spots in North America. The Réseau Express Métropolitain, or REM, is a new automated light rail system that Canada’s Globe and Mail calls “ Montreal’s biggest public transit project in more than half a century ,” with a growing number of stations coming online in the years ahead. (All of them are or will be “ universally accessible .”) The Grand Quay, the city-center pier that many cruise ships use, has a new attraction in the form of the Port of Montreal Tower , a blocky observation spire that echoes the look of the famed Habitat 67 nearby. Meanwhile, the city’s bike-sharing program, Bixi, which launched back in 2009, is still going strong and now offers an all-you-can-bike monthly pass for just $14 that makes using the system a no brainer; the city’s 560 miles of bike lanes help, too. The recently renovated Vogue Hotel Montreal Downtown, Curio Collection by Hilton , and the new-in-2023 Honeyrose Hotel, Montreal, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel , join the four-year-old Four Seasons in adding a touch of luxury that had, perhaps, been missing in the heart of the city. That said, Montreal has more than 24,000 hotel rooms — and plenty of Airbnbs — across the metro area, which will make it an ideal last-minute destination for eclipse watchers who want to be in the path of totality on April 8. — Paul Brady

When Paris hosts 329 distinct sporting events next summer, the whole city will be on display: the first-ever Olympic Games breakdancing competition will be at Place de la Concorde; beach volleyball courts will skirt the Eiffel Tower; and the opening ceremony’s Parade of Nations will sail down the Seine River. The host city of the 2024 Summer Olympic Games (July 26-August 11) and Paralympic Games (August 28-September 8) will welcome visitors with a flurry of new hotels and restaurants. Chateau des Fleurs is an extravagant new stay in the eighth arrondissement with 19th-century style and an haute Korean restaurant. Celebrated hotel designer Martin Brudnizki just unveiled two projects : the 50-room Grand Mazarin , in the Marais, and La Fantaisie in the ninth. And the hoteliers behind the Hôtel Dame Des Arts , which appeared on T+L’s 2023 It List , unveiled their train-themed Hôtel des Grand Voyageurs in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in October. The legacy establishments have new life, too: Hotel Plaza Athénée , named the best hotel in Paris by T+L readers, has a French restaurant, Jean Imbert au Plaza Athénée, which recently scored two Michelin stars, to say nothing of the property’s brand-new Dior Spa. And the sumptuous La Tour d’Argent restaurant just got a sensational facelift. Meanwhile, “numerous museums and institutions will host sports-related exhibitions, films, performances, workshops, and kids’ programming throughout the summer,” writer Lindsey Tramuta reported in T+L’s November 2023 issue. For those in need of a sports break, La Galerie Dior and Fragonard Musée du Parfum are two new additions to the scene worth checking out. — Maya Kachroo-Levine

For Moments on the Water

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Cruising is back in a big way, and Alaska's Inside Passage is leading the charge. In 2023, the state saw ships including Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer and Carnival’s Luminosa for the first time, while Royal Caribbean recently sent Brilliance of the Seas north for the first time in years. The new Klawock port, on Prince of Wales Island, is poised to welcome large ships in the 2024 season with food and retail outposts, exhibits detailing Indigenous culture and history, and nature trails. Skagway, a well-known port that’s home to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and the scenic White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, is getting a 550-foot floating pier, which will allow the port to host two megaships simultaneously beginning in the 2024 season. Lately, that season has been getting longer: most companies run trips May to September, but Norwegian Cruise Line had October sailings in 2023, which gave passengers a look at Alaskan life during a quieter season. Considering Alaska is projected to notch 1.65 million cruise travelers on around 700 voyages this year, opting for a shoulder season trip in 2024 might not be a bad idea. —  Nina Ruggiero

Coastal Norway

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Long known for its cutting-edge design and architectural marvels like the Oslo Opera House, Norway has lately doubled down on building big. “Over the last few years, we’ve seen a surge in new attractions,” confirmed Katrine Mosfjeld, the chief marketing officer for Visit Norway. In seaside Oslo, the new luxury hotel Sommero is a study in adaptive reuse, inside a landmark building from 1930 originally designed by famed Norwegian architects Andreas Bjercke and Georg Eliassen. Four hours southwest, in Kristiansand, the Kunstsilo , or Art Silo, is another repurposed wonder: the one-time industrial complex will reemerge in 2024 as a museum devoted to Nordic modernist art. Up the coast, in Bergen, Iris Expedition Dining is a new tasting-menu destination located in Hardangerfjord, inside a floating sculpture known as the Salmon Eye. North of the Arctic Circle, the long-awaited Six Senses Svart promises to be one of the hottest openings anywhere when it finally debuts. The ring-shaped resort, at the base of the Svartisen glacier, aims to be off-grid, carbon-neutral, and emissions-free, with a zero-waste dining program and a “design lab,” as the hotel calls it, meant to foster further innovation. — Taylor McIntyre

Douro River, Portugal

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As recently as a decade ago, almost nobody was talking about wine tourism in Portugal. These days, “you have to see the Douro River,” said Sheree M. Mitchell , a T+L A-List advisor based in the country and the president of Immersa Global. “It’s non-negotiable.” Mitchell’s preferred way to do it is on a yacht charter, which gives guests the chance to spend a few hours or days hitting quintas , or wine estates, and dining at Michelin Guide–approved restaurants like Castas e Pratos . Cruises are a more affordable option, and lines are expanding their presence on the river, which cuts across Spain and Northern Portugal before reaching the Atlantic in the city of Porto. Tauck , a favorite among T+L readers, unveiled the Andorinha in 2021, which will sail 33 wine-country itineraries in 2024. Another T+L reader favorite, Viking, will have four ships on the Douro in the year ahead, visiting towns such as Peso da Régua and Pinhão, in the heart of port country. And AmaWaterways recently announced a special November 2024 departure that will “explore the history of the Black and African diaspora in Lisbon and along Portugal's stunning Douro River,” according to the brand. — Maya Kachroo-Levine

Faroe Islands

This remote, starkly beautiful archipelago in the North Atlantic just got way more accessible. Summer 2023 saw Atlantic Airways launch nonstop flights from New York Stewart International, 70 miles north of New York City, to Vágar Airport, in the islands. “This direct flight is not only about easier transport to our great ocean nation, but a means of creating a bridge between two worlds,” Jóhanna á Bergi, CEO of Atlantic Airways, told T+L. The news seems to have been warmly received by U.S. travelers. Melissa Lee , a Northern Europe specialist on T+L’s A-List said she has seen an uptick in interest in the Faroes. "Previously, you could only get there from Copenhagen, or Reykjavik, Iceland.” Once there, a world of adventure awaits, with activities including cold-water surfing , traditional knitting , and hiking to places such as Sørvágsvatn, the so-called lake above the ocean . Then there’s the top-flight dining: the restaurant Roks in Tórshavn, the Faroe Islands’ capital, is an offshoot of Koks, the Michelin two-starred restaurant in Greenland which is presently on hiatus. — Liz Cantrell

Kimberley, Australia

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This destination in northwest Australia, also called The Kimberleys, is home to ancient wonders: dinosaur tracks; striated geological formations, some 350 million years old, known as Bungle Bungles; waterfalls and reefs that seem unmoored from time; and Aboriginal history from what some call the world’s oldest continuous culture . Lately, though, some of the world’s top cruise lines have caught on to all the upside and are racing to offer thrilling expedition-style itineraries that combine all this history with modern-day adventures, such as sightseeing flights by helicopter, paddling, Zodiac tours, scuba diving, and cultural excursions. Silversea will have its Silver Cloud in the region from May through September, doing 10- to 17-day trips, with a maximum of 200 passengers. Seabourn is also bullish on the destination, and its newest expedition ship, the 132-suite Seabourn Pursuit , will spend June, July, and August cruising the region. (Both lines are perennial favorites among T+L readers .) Also operating on this remarkable stretch of coast are several Australian companies , including Coral Expeditions and True North Adventure Cruises , as well as private yacht charters like those organized by Yotspace . — Paul Brady

The Mississippi River

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New ships are bringing fresh interest to one of America’s most storied waterways, meaning now’s the time to consider river cruising closer to home. “The Mississippi River is such an important part of American history,” said Adam Peakes, president of Hornblower Group, the parent company of American Queen Voyages. The line will have two ships on the Mississippi in 2024, both of which are already booking up for summer. “Many of our cabin categories are nearly at capacity almost a year in advance,” Peakes added. Other brands are also betting on the river: the Viking Mississippi launched in 2022, with 193 Scandi-chic suites, all with private verandas; American Cruise Lines has launched three new ships on the Mississippi in the past three years. There are new draws on land, too. In Memphis, the newly completed riverfront Tom Lee Park has an installation by artist Theaster Gates and a pavilion named for Tyre Nichols; the expansive riverfront attraction — a collaborative effort from Studio Gang, Scape Studio, and numerous other architectural and design firms — sits just south of Beale Street and is connected to the city via the River Line, a walking and cycling path. Meanwhile Natchez, Mississippi, is these days “filled with surprises, thanks in large part to a cohort of young natives who wandered away and then returned home with new ideas,” according to Southern Living ; come December, the town hosts holiday markets akin to those in Central Europe, as T+L recently reported . In St. Louis, the newest 21c Museum Hotel recently opened in a renovated, century-old YMCA building, with numerous permanent art installations as well as rotating shows and a beautiful, all-day cafe. And, of course, there’s always New Orleans . — Paul Brady

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Few voyages are as iconic as a transatlantic crossing aboard a Cunard ocean liner. So when the new Queen Anne departs Southampton, England, in May 2024, expectations will be sky-high for the first new Cunard ship to launch since the Queen Elizabeth in 2010. The 1,498-cabin vessel is slated to sail to Lisbon and will then spend its first summer in the Mediterranean. It will also represent an evolution for the 183-year-old brand: Queen Anne will have four new restaurants, including an omakase venue and an Indian dining room, alongside more familiar options such as the Princess Grill and Queens Grill, all overseen in partnership with U.K. chef Michel Roux, Jr. A top-deck wellness studio, with yoga and other fitness classes, will be another noteworthy addition to the ship. A third distinction: Queen Anne will be captained by Inger Klein Thorhauge, the first woman to hold that rank for Cunard. For all the new, some familiar traditions will remain, including proper high tea service and, naturally, an outpost of the Golden Lion pub pouring Cunard’s own microbrews. — Paul Brady

Seven Seas Grandeur

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Slated to launch in November 2023, Seven Seas Grandeur will be the sixth ship from Regent Seven Seas Cruises, a luxury line that T+L readers consistently say is one of their absolute favorites thanks to no-nonsense, all-inclusive pricing and fabulous suites. The newcomer will feature fresh takes on the elevated dining, shore excursions, and entertainment already found on ships such as Seven Seas Splendor and Seven Seas Explorer , said Andrea DeMarco, the brand’s president. “ Grandeur is inspired by our rich heritage, but we’re reimagining signature restaurants and offering 15 exceptional suite categories to only 746 guests,” she explained. Among the no-expense-spared features of the new ship will be a multimillion-dollar, 1,600-piece art collection that counts among its trophies a handful of Picassos and a custom Fabergé Egg. (Fittingly, the ship’s godmother is Sarah Fabergé, the director of special projects for the jewelry house.) Grandeur ’s inaugural season will be in the Caribbean, but it will head for the Mediterranean in April before returning to the U.S. in August. — Elizabeth Rhodes

For Nature Lovers

Amboseli national park, kenya.

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This 151-square-mile expanse, close to the border with Tanzania, is famed among safari insiders for its big-time wildlife: Amboseli has a well-earned reputation for elephant spotting, with massive herds roaming the dusty plains, along with all sorts of other charismatic creatures including cheetah, giraffe, and zebra. Camps and lodges surrounding the park tend to be basic, which is one reason the fall 2023 opening of the richly appointed Angama Amboseli is so exciting. The second? The 10-suite lodge is the first spinoff of the Angama Mara , a destination hotel that's among the best safari lodges in the world, according to T+L readers . The new property, located about 45 minutes driving from Amboseli National Park, on a private wildlife conservancy, will offer game drives as well as cultural experiences organized in partnership with local communities. Another draw: Angama Amboseli will have unparalleled views of the peak of nearby Mount Kilimanjaro, including from private patios attached to every suite. — Paul Brady

Aspen Mountain, Colorado

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The legendary ski destination is getting its biggest makeover in four decades this season, with the opening of a new lift, a high-speed quad known as Hero’s that will make accessible a fresh 153 acres of fluffy powder. The project will increase the mountain’s skiable terrain by some 20 percent, adding more than a dozen new chutes, glades, and trails for intermediate and expert skiers. “The quad is a game-changer for Aspen,” said Maureen Poschman, a spokesperson for the Aspen Chamber Resort Association. “The new terrain is a big area, it’s high-altitude skiing, and it’s a bit of a hedge against climate change,” she noted. Not that you have to be a pro skier to find something to love in ever-evolving Aspen, which experienced an influx of residents the past few years . The cultural calendar is as packed as ever; Balenciaga and Hermès now have shops in the heart of town; and scene-y restaurants, including a Sant Ambroeus coffee bar, keep popping up. Where to stay? Mollie Aspen is the newest luxury hotel in town, slated to open in December with 68 rooms designed by Post Company, plus a rooftop plunge pool and terrace, right in the middle of it all. — Denny Lee 404 405

Big Sky, Montana

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Just an hour from Yellowstone National Park, this wild, wide-open area offers heart-pumping activities such as fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and skiing at every turn. So, thankfully, a new retreat from hospitality brand One&Only is slated to bring some rest and relaxation to Big Sky in 2024. Situated between Lone Mountain and the Spanish Peaks, the 73-room Moonlight Basin will provide convenient access to 5,850 skiable acres, with a dedicated gondola connecting guests to Big Sky’s terrain, plus a private ski lodge and a Chenot spa. (The resort will also have 19 villas and 62 private residences.) The first U.S. outpost of One&Only, Moonlight Basin arrives a few years after another five-star resort, Montage Big Sky , which opened in 2021, with 139 rooms, six dining venues, a bowling alley, a huge spa, and, naturally, ski-in, ski-out access. — Alisha Prakash

Hokkaido, Japan

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Travelers are flocking back to Japan , but in the year ahead, they should look beyond Tokyo and Kyoto. Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, has a sterling reputation for food — its biggest city, Sapporo, is famous for miso ramen — and its Shiretoko National Park is a natural wonder with excellent hiking and photogenic waterfalls. Hokkaido is also, insiders know, one of the world’s premier ski destinations thanks to simply phenomenal snow . The center of the action is the village of Niseko, which has plenty of hotels, homestays, and resorts — but has gotten a touch easier to visit thanks to the 2022 opening of Club Med Kiroro. The something-for-everyone property has two distinctive concepts, Club Med Kiroro Peak , for guests age 12 and older, and the new-in-2023 Club Med Kiroro Grand , a family-friendly alternative. These all-inclusives are helping to eliminate the intimidation factor when booking a Japanese ski week, by rolling up everything from accommodations and equipment rentals to off-the-mountain entertainment and kids' clubs. Another perk? Club Med Kiroro Grand will also have the brand’s first-ever Japanese onsen alongside other wellness facilities including soaking tubs and saunas. — Danielle Pointdujour

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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This out-of-the-way South African province, sometimes shortened to KZN and located on the country’s eastern coast, is moving into the spotlight. “KwaZulu-Natal has two World Heritage Sites — the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the majestic uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park — and is popular for its beaches, safari parks, green hills, and temperate weather,” said Julian Harrison , a safari expert and longtime member of T+L’s A-List. It’s also home to an ambitious rewilding project backed by the Emcakwini Community Trust , which began reintroducing once-endemic species including black rhino, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and lion in 2018; today, it’s known as Babanango Game Reserve . Harrison also points to other conservation efforts, such as those underway at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve , which is monitoring critically endangered Temminck’s ground pangolins. The newly opened Madwaleni River Lodge is the place to stay, said Raza Visram , another A-List expert. “The intimate lodge has 12 beautifully designed tents that overlook the White Umfolozi River,” he explained. There’s also Sala Beach House , an oceanfront escape on Thompson’s Bay that writer Heather Richardson detailed in T+L’s September 2023 issue . Coming soon in KZN will be The Homestead , a 12-suite eco-lodge in the province’s western Nambiti Game Reserve. — Samantha Falewée

Mababe, Botswana

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Long considered one of Africa’s most exclusive safari destinations, Botswana has a huge array of five-star lodges, operated by the likes of African Bush Camps, andBeyond, and Great Plains Conservation. But the most compelling new place to stay isn’t one with high thread count sheets or over-the-top amenities: Mokete, a new safari lodge from Wilderness , is worth the trip because it will only exist until 2026, when the operator pulls down the tents and carries away any sign the nine-suite escape was ever there. The temporary enclave will be situated east of the famed Okavango Delta, in the heart of a 124,000-acre tract known as the Mababe Concession, which has considerable populations of lion, elephant, and buffalo, plus a huge variety of birds. Wildlife watching is the thing here, with all-day game drives and guided nature walks. Mokete is all about an elemental connection with the outdoors, down to the design of the guest quarters: each tent will have a retractable roof so guests can stargaze from bed — and hear the calls of hyenas from the surrounding bush. — Paul Brady

New Zealand

It’s time to take it off your once-in-a-lifetime list and just go : earlier this year, Delta launched service from Los Angeles to Auckland, and United Airlines plans to start a San Francisco to Christchurch route in December. That’s on top of an existing Air New Zealand nonstop between Auckland and New York City that launched in 2022 . “Any time of year is a great time to visit,” said Sarah Farag , a member of T+L’s A-List and the Auckland-based owner and director of Southern Crossings , a luxury travel firm. “Our summer months are always popular,” Farag said of the December to March period, “but those who come at other times are well-rewarded with captivating colors during autumn harvest season, snow-capped adventures and spectacular stargazing in the winter, and fabulous fishing and hiking in spring.” There’s a growing number of enticing stays, including the new exclusive-use villas at Flockhill Lodge , set on a working sheep station, and the Clifftops at Anderson Cove , a tented camp above the Northland coast. Christchurch has recently seen the opening of two new boutique properties, the sleek, modern Mayfair and the artsy Observatory Hotel ; meanwhile the beloved Huka Lodge in Taupo is getting a makeover. If the outdoors are a priority, turn an eye to the North Island’s Wairarapa Dark Sky Reserve , the country’s second, which was certified earlier this year, or the new Tom Doak–designed golf course which just opened at Te Arai Links . — Peter Terzian

For Beach Vibes

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Compared to some brand-name Florida destinations, this island south of Tampa Bay is way under the radar. But it's cultivated a loyal following, thanks to its no-high-rises shoreline, incredible sunsets, and small-town feel. Case in point: Anna Maria Island is a place where most people tool around by golf cart or beach cruiser, and almost all the sherbet-hued clapboard homes are vacation rentals. In an effort to keep things copacetic, the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, which works on the island, inked a partnership with Leave No Trace this summer, making Anna Maria the first destination in Florida to work with the nonprofit. Meanwhile, new developments fit right in with the vibe: Mello on the Beach , a hotel that opened in July, offers vibrant retro-style apartments on the Gulf of Mexico, while the villas of Joie Inn , which opened in 2021, still feel super-fresh. On the dining scene, the cocktail bar Doctor’s Office recently added a “dining room” to its string-lit outdoor garden, and coming soon to the island is Bohemian, a restaurant from repeat James Beard semifinalist Jeannie Pierola. Getting there has gotten easier thanks to growth at Sarasota-Bradenton International, which added nonstops to four new domestic destinations in 2023. A planned terminal expansion looks to be right-sized, too: the airport aims to add five gates next year. — Jennifer Salerno Yong

Coastal Campania, Italy

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It’s no wonder Campania — the southern Italian region that’s home to Amalfi, Capri, Positano, and Sorrento — is having a bit of a hotel boom: visitors have been flocking to this splashy coastal destination over the past few years. The renaissance kicked off with Il Capri Hotel , which opened on the island last spring, offering travelers a boutique option inside a neo-Gothic villa reminiscent of a Venetian palazzo. Next, Oetker Collection, the luxury hotel brand behind the celeb-loved Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, debuted its first Italian hotel in June: the glamorous, 50-room Hotel La Palma is a fresh take on a property that originally opened in 1822. Then there’s the new Convento di Amalfi , a 52-room Anantara with a cliffside pool, set in a 13th-century Capuchin convent. Airlines have also taken note of the increased demand: American Airlines 429 405 and Delta are both launching new routes to Naples next year, the former from Philadelphia, the latter from New York City. Lindblad Expeditions, meanwhile, will have its new Sea Cloud II in southern Italy this coming May, for an 11-day itinerary that will take guests to the ancient ruins of Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast’s most beautiful seaside villages, with a focus on Italian food and wine. —  Nina Ruggiero

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The land of pura vida just keeps getting better, which is why Costa Rica was just named T+L’s 2024 Destination of the Year . Surfers can find their bliss at the new, boho-chic Sendero hotel, which opened in February in oceanside Nosara, on the Nicoya Peninsula. A few hours north, the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo has added the new Virador Beach Club, updated its golf course (while cutting water usage), and opened Wellness Shala, a spa that offers healing treatments with local ingredients like cacao, coconut, and volcanic mud. Nearby, the community of Las Catalinas has announced a new mixed-use space, La Rambla, which will promote spending time outside and car-free living. Forward-thinking tour operator Intrepid Travel has launched new trips that shine a light on the Terraba community, one of Costa Rica’s eight Indigenous groups. Meanwhile local outfitters such as UrriTrek are now offering guided hiking trips on the 174-mile Camino de Costa Rica , a trail connecting the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. — Samantha Falewée

The self-declared Nature Island, Dominica has been voted the best island in the Caribbean for the past two years in T+L’s World’s Best Awards , thanks in part to its serene tropical rain forests, enticing hot springs, and gushing waterfalls. There’s also an ever-growing number of resorts and hotels, such as the InterContinental Dominica Cabrits Resort & Spa , which opened this year, and the forthcoming Anichi Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection , and Tranquility Beach Resort — Curio — a Collection by Hilton . Also of note is the new 32-nautical-mile Waitukubuli Sea Trail, which takes sea-kayakers along the island's western coast from Scott’s Head to Capuchin; Soufrière Outdoor Centre can supply equipment, an itinerary, and a guide. And there’s another element to Dominica’s story that’s capturing the attention of travelers who care about sustainability. The volcanically active country plans to commission its first geothermal power plant in 2024, and in the meantime gets about a quarter of its overall power from hydroelectric sources. It’s also home to what T+L has called one of the world’s most eco-friendly resorts, Coulibri Ridge . — Annie Archer 429 405

Hawai’i Island

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“We welcome mindful visitors to Hawai‘i Island,” said Ilihia Gionson, the public affairs officer of the Hawai'i Tourism Authority, in an interview with T+L. Commonly known as the Big Island, the destination is planning for a meaningful 2024, with the help of returning visitors. “Travelers have the opportunity to help mālama , or care for, our natural resources and support our community to ensure a regenerative model of tourism that is sustained for generations,” Gionson said. The theme of mālama is more significant than ever this year following the devastating fires that impacted both Hawai’i Island and Maui in 2023. Those looking to support relief efforts have many choices, including the Hawaii Red Cross, the Lāhainā Restoration Foundation, and more 429 405 . Travelers ready to return might consider Kona Village, an iconic hotel that reopened in 2023 as a Rosewood Resort following its closure in 2011. “Each villa feels like your own little beach house,” Nicole Hollis, the interior designer of Kona Village, told T+L 429 405 . Various events are on the island’s cultural calendar in the year ahead, including the Kona Brewers Festival in March and the Big Island Chocolate Festival in April. — Christine Burroni 405 405

Los Cabos, Mexico

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With its rugged desert-meets-ocean landscape, 350 days a year of sun, and stunning five-star resorts, Los Cabos isn’t exactly an unexpected choice for a dreamy vacation. But 2024 promises to be a big year for the Baja California destination, thanks to all the new resorts coming to Cabo del Sol, the 1,800-acre community just east of Cabo San Lucas with two miles of beach and two 18-hole golf courses. Four Seasons Resort Cabo San Lucas at Cabo Del Sol and Soho House Beach Club are expected to open in the first part of 2024; Park Hyatt Los Cabos 429 429 at Cabo Del Sol will join them by the end of the year. On the southern shore of the peninsula — and not far from the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal 405 405 , a T+L reader fave — there’s even more happening: the resort community of Quivira Los Cabos will welcome the 120-room St. Regis Los Cabos at Quivira by late 2024, with access to 2.5 miles of beach and its own Jack Nicklaus golf course. — Danielle Pointdujour

Mallorca, Spain

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The sparkling waters, delicious food, and laid-back atmosphere are all still here — and Americans are loving United’s summertime nonstop service from Newark Liberty International. In the year ahead, though, they’ll be visiting for the booming luxury hotel scene, which is poised to help this island steal the spotlight from its western neighbor, Ibiza. One must-see is Son Bunyola , a Virgin Limited Edition retreat on Mallorca’s northwest coast, with three miles of beautiful coastline backed by olive groves. Sir Richard Branson first purchased the property in 1994, as T+L recently reported 405 405 , but it only opened to guests this summer, with 26 rooms and suites, plus three villas. Nearby is The Lodge Mallorca , a Small Luxury Hotels of the World retreat that opened in May, which has wood-fired dining and extensive wellness programming. Then there’s the first hotel from 22-time Grand Slam champion and Majorcan Rafael Nadal, whose new Zel lifestyle brand has opened — what else? — Zel Mallorca , an approachable, beachy hotel in partnership with Meliá, the Spanish operator. Coming soon, said Clare Watkins, an expert in the Balearic Islands at Red Savannah , are more exciting properties: Four Seasons Resort Mallorca at Formentor will be a top-to-bottom refresh of a century-old hotel, while Mandarin Oriental Punta Negra, Mallorca, will have 131 rooms, plus 44 suites and nine bungalows, overlooking the sea just outside Palma. — Danielle Pointdujour

For Adventurous Travelers 

Alula, saudi arabia.

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Of all the ambitious tourism developments in Saudi Arabia, AlUla may be the most enchanting, which may explain why Qatar Airways recently launched new flights to the destination from its Doha hub. This huge sweep of red rocks and desert in the country’s northwest is home to Hegra, a 2,000-year-old archeological site filled with soaring tombs carved by the Nabataean civilization, the same one that built Petra, in modern-day Jordan. After touring ancient history, visitors can retreat to decadent contemporary hotels, including a forthcoming 36-room luxury resort at Hegra that will sensitively incorporate parts of an old railway station and fort. A short drive away, in AlUla’s Old Town, the contrast of old and new continues; the new 30-room eco-hotel Dar Tantora , for example, eschews electricity in favor of candlelight. In the year ahead, more fresh thinking will touch down in AlUla, courtesy of Wadi AlFann, or Valley of the Arts, a permanent showcase of works from big-name international artists. The best way to see it might be from on high, duringca April’s “AlUla Skies” festival, when helicopters and hot air balloons will soar above Instagram-worthy monuments. —  Jacqui Gifford

Bahia, Brazil

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This coastal state, situated between the Amazon and Rio de Janeiro, is the sort of place most Americans never quite get to — and that’s a shame. Its coastline offers some of the most mythical surf-and-sand spots in the world, including Itacaré, which is home to the community-minded Barracuda Hotel & Villas 405 405 , and the boho-chic enclave of Trancoso, a place that “first captured the imagination of the international creative set back in the 1980s,” as T+L reported in the September 2023 issue 405 405 . “The beaches are some of the most picturesque in Brazil,” said Paul Irvine 405 405 , an expert in the country and member of T+L’s A-List. But, he added, there’s more to Bahia than the coast. “We’ve started sending our more adventurous clients to the Chapada Diamantina National Park ,” he said, “which has its own vibrant, off-grid hippy culture.” While high-end hotels in the area are in short supply, more villa accommodations are popping up all the time. One thing to keep in mind for 2024: Brazil stopped requiring a visa for U.S. citizens back in 2019, but the country’s tourism officials have said that the mandate will return on Jan. 10, though further details on how to apply and any fees have yet to be announced. — Paul Brady

Northern Pakistan

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The northern reaches of this South Asian nation have a growing profile in the adventure-travel world, thanks to striking topography, high-elevation lakes, and precipitous peaks. Consider that, in 2023, Intrepid Travel launched a 12-day women-only expedition to the region, a first for the tour operator, which has similar trips in places such as Jordan, India, and Morocco. Intrepid will return in 2024 — with departures in May, September, and October — taking women to ancient villages, alpine lakes, and historic forts; travelers will have ample opportunity to meet with locals in areas that would be off-limits if men were part of the group, according to Intrepid. Other outfitters are heading to Northern Pakistan as well. Wild Frontiers will debut a brand-new, 14-day walking adventure that will no doubt challenge the bodies and minds of those who are up for it, with several full-day hikes, some above 4,000 meters (13,123 feet). The payoff comes in the form of staggeringly beautiful landscapes — not to mention the chance to make connections with people you meet along the way and see historic gems in Islamabad, the trip’s jumping off point. — Alisha Prakash

Peru's Trekking Routes

In a country where all roads seemingly lead to spectacular scenery and historic finds, there’s much more to explore beyond majestic Machu Picchu. These days, travelers have more options for getting off familiar routes thanks to the efforts of companies such as Alpaca Expeditions , an Indigenous-owned outfitter that will lead its first-ever, all-women hiking trip on the Salkantay Trail 405 405 in 2024. Operated by women — including guides, porters, drivers, chefs, and other staff — for women, the seven-day adventure will include stays high in the Andes and cultural experiences such as cooking classes and farm visits that aren’t typical on more popular Inca Trail trips. Meanwhile the tour operator Intrepid Travel debuted in 2023 a 12-day expedition on the Great Inca Road in northern Peru. Starting in Huaraz and culminating at the Inca site of Huanuco Pampa, the trek will immerse hikers in this less-visited region’s nature and culture, including plentiful archeological sites. — Alisha Prakash

South Australia

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Visitors to this low-key state may feel like they’re in on a big-time secret with all that’s happening lately. The biggest news may be Australia’s new national park, Nilpe­na Ediacara , which opened in April and gives travelers a look at the oldest known fossils on the planet. “They’re about 550 million years old,” Mary L. Droser, an American paleontologist, explained in a recent interview with T+L 405 405 . Across South Australia’s wine country, meanwhile, hotels such as Le Mas Barossa , Sequoia Lodge , and The Vineyard McLaren Vale are gateways to the hundreds of vineyards and cellar doors just outside of Adelaide, the state capital. “South Australia is known as the wine state for a reason,” said Tim Duval, the winemaker at John Duval Wines . Travelers can learn about small-batch wineries (including Duval’s) at Artisans of Barossa ; sample eco-conscious shiraz at Bird in Hand ; and enjoy a tasting in The Cube, a five-story structure fashioned after an unfinished Rubik’s Cube, at d’Arenberg . Another notable stay can be found on Kangaroo Island, where the famed Southern Ocean Lodge is slated to reopen in December after the disastrous bushfires of 2020. — Samantha Lauriello 405 405

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This small South Asian island nation has big things on offer. “You can cover a lot of ground in two weeks, with loads of variety in the landscapes, from gorgeous beaches to lush jungles to high mountains to historic cities,” said Catherine Heald, co-founder and CEO of Remote Lands, a luxury travel firm. This year, the tea company Dilmah opened two boutique stays under its Reverie brand, Kayaam House and Ahu Bay ; Sri Lankan–owned hotel group Uga is debuting Uga Riva in Negombo this November; and for foodies, Red Savannah recently rolled out a culinary tour of Sri Lanka. Political unrest in 2022 took the destination off the table for many travelers, acknowledged Rachel Cooper , a South Asia travel expert at Red Savannah. But, she added, "the new government has introduced measures to protect and encourage a positive traveler experience throughout the country.” — Susmita Baral

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If you’re anything like us, you’re looking to cram as much adventure as possible into 2024.

And if you are looking to be inspired, we’ve just released Best in Travel 2024 – a roundup of the best places to unwind, connect, eat, learn and journey around the world next year. With 30 different destinations and experiences among our picks, there’s plenty to pack in.

So if you want to start planning a year’s worth of epic trips, read on to find out the best time to visit these incredible places in the coming year.

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Where to travel in January

Nairobi, kenya .

While there really isn’t a bad time to be in Nairobi , the height of the summer season is always a good bet. January sees an average of four days of rain and temperatures of 23°C/73°F. Expect perfect conditions for a safari experience in Nairobi National Park , just on the outskirts of the city. It might be the only place in the world where you can see black rhinos, lions, hyenas, gazelles, warthogs, zebras, giraffes and buffalo against a backdrop of skyscrapers. 

Southern Thailand

Many have described Southern Thailand as Thailand before the backpackers arrived. In January, the busiest month for tourism in Thailand, you can lie on a deserted beach near Ao Khanom, waiting to catch a glimpse of the elusive and beautiful pink dolphins. It’s good to know when not to go, too: keep in mind monsoon season arrives from July to October. And in 2024, Ramadan falls across March and April, with Eid-ul-adha in the middle of June. 

The dry, cooler winter, from October to April, is the ideal time to visit India , with February being the sweet spot. Plan at least one long-distance rail journey as part of your trip – there’s no experience quite like waking up on an Indian sleeper train barrelling across the plains.

It’s always best to avoid the rain-drenched monsoon season from May to September, unless you’re heading to arid Ladakh , in the far north. 

Benin is solidifying its status as a premier West African destination for art and culture. As part of efforts to repatriate historical artifacts, Benin is establishing the Museum of the Epic of the Amazons and Kings of Dahomey , set to open in late 2024 with priceless pieces restituted from France. So why are we not encouraging you to visit in December? Well, you should – but January 10 sees Benin’s famed voodoo festival take place in Ouidah and Porto Novo. It’s an enriching cultural experience that shouldn’t be missed.

Find out more of the best places to go in January . 

Waterfall in St Lucia; a snow and ice-covered harbor with colorful buildings in Hokkaido; women in costume celebrate Mazatlan's Carnival and a koala hugging a tree on Kangarro Island

Where to travel in February

There’s hardly a wrong time to visit the Caribbean – yet February sees a high influx of visitors hoping to escape cold-weather countries. St Lucia ’s independence from British rule in 1979 is celebrated on February 22, and marked by parades and celebratory events island-wide. Come prepared to party.

Hokkaido, Japan

February is when the temperatures are at their coldest in this premier Japanese hub for skiing and snowboarding, and the season even offers an opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to try ice fishing on the top of a frozen lake. ​​ Sapporo Snow Festival – Hokkaidō ’s most famous festival, featuring snow and ice sculptures and giant slides – is held in February, bringing a huge number of well-wrapped-up visitors. 

A Mexico visit in January or February means dry and relatively cooler days, providing some relief in humid coastal destinations. It’s also whale-watching season along the Pacific Coast . In Mazatlán , February is carnival time: the 2024 festival is the 126th edition.

Kangaroo Island, Australia

Deceptively vast and blessed with a ridiculous amount of stunning coastline – 540km (335 miles) to be exact – this is where you may find you’ve scored an entire beach to yourself. Kangaroo Island invites guests to indulge in its unique local produce, encounter adorable Australian wildlife and discover some of the country’s best beaches. And the island is a total show-off during the Aussie summer months of January and February.  

Find out more of the best places to go in February .

Waterfall in Morocco, landmarks in Uzbekistan, timber houses in Normandy and a member of a Toureg tribe in Algeria

Where to travel in March

For those seeking a trekking experience away from snowy summits, the Anti Atlas Mountains in Morocco are perfect in March, when you can embrace tranquil hikes and the season of wildflowers and blooming trees. Don’t miss the annual almond blossom festival in Tafraoute , held in February or March to coincide with the vibrant flowering and harvest of almond trees.


March welcomes the start of spring in Uzbekistan , as blossoming apricots grace the landscape. As the month unfolds, expect warm and moderately dry weather, with temperatures ranging from 14°C (57°F) to 30°C (86°F). Seize the opportunity to explore the storied cities of Samarkand , Bukhara and Khiva ; immerse yourself in mountainous retreats; or embark on an artistic and cultural journey in the capital city of Tashkent .

Normandy, France

If visitors to France fancy something other than the Olympics , the region of Normandy is hosting the Normandy Impressionist Festival from March to September next year to celebrate 150 years of Impressionism. The event will bring visitors into the heart of a 19th-century movement that turned art on its head with its radical, soulful focus on outdoor scenes and the effects of light. The program includes open-air theater performances and dance cafes, art exhibitions and workshops, plus forest walks, stargazing, sound- and-light shows and romantic picnics straight out of a Renoir.

Though Spain might be one of the most popular countries for visitors, the sun-washed destination is leading the green-travel way with its plans for a more sustainable, circular tourism model. The Mediterranean city of Valencia is a European Green Capital for 2024, and March is the perfect time to visit and explore Jardines del Turia , a 9km (5.5-mile)long riverbed that’s been transformed into a road-free park.

Since winters along the Mediterranean coast can be cold and wet, and desert nights icy, March is an ideal month to visit Algeria . To see the Algerian Sahara ’s most beautiful sand dunes, head to the blood-red oasis city of Timimoun and its nearby Grand Erg Occidental, a dune sea twice the size of Belgium . It is also best to avoid summer, when temperatures in the Sahara can get into the 50°C (122°F) range. In spring and autumn, the weather is ideal for touring, and hotel rates are lower than the summer peak. 

Find more of the best places to go in March .

Volcano in Nicaragua, coastal walking trail in Wales, A kayaker in Palau and a beach town in Ikaraia, Greece

Where to travel in April

Danube limes, bulgaria.

The string of settlements on the ancient limits of the Roman Empire known as the Danube Limes has been nominated for inclusion on the Unesco World Heritage list in 2024, so expect visitor numbers to increase. Go in April before the summer heat hits, and explore part of the 460-mile Dunav Ultra cycling path , which follows the Danube through Bulgaria all the way to the Black Sea. 

Paris, France 

Who doesn’t love Paris in the springtime? And 2024 will certainly be the eternal city’s year, with the Olympics happening in the summer. Even if you didn’t score tickets, visit in April to cheer on the runners in the Paris marathon , Europe ’s biggest and considered by many the world’s best. The route takes in most of the world-famous Paris landmarks, including the Arc de Triomphe , the Bastille , Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower .

From beachcombing to village-hopping, volcano-climbing and indulging in fresh, lip-tingling ceviche, Nicaragua ’s pleasures are plentiful. And in 2024, the country will offer visitors something even more special: it’s a prime viewing destination for the total eclipse on April 8 . Observe it from atop a volcano for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Wales ’ southwest is far less crowded with tourists than the north – and has an air of the untouched and untamed. The best period to visit starts in April, when rainfall is low and temperatures milder. A hike along the Wales Coast Path is the best way to explore this protected shore.

This small Pacific nation offers uninhabited tropical beaches where you can live out your scuba-diving dreams. Visiting in April guarantees warm and sunny weather for diving, snorkelling and swimming – although it is possible to go to Palau throughout the year, as the country does not experience typhoons.

Ikaria, Greece

The Greek island of Ikaria seduces with aquamarine waters and wild terrain, plus an independent spirit. As spring unfolds, Ikaria comes alive with delightful weather and vibrant natural landscapes, creating the perfect setting for island tours and outdoor activities. Embark on sailing adventures, explore the waters through kayaking or pedal along scenic cycling routes. Ikaria is also a popular spot for stargazing. 

Find more of the best places to go in April .

Stari Most bridge in Mostar, a night train leaving from Amsterdam station and a cyclist peddals through puddles

Where to travel in May 

Mostar, bosnia .

Swap the Bosnian city of Mostar ’s stifling summer heat for a balmy cultural getaway in spring. Visit the colorful Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque for its panoramic views of the city. Wander along cobblestone alleys (relatively crowd-free at this time of year) to find bazaars selling everything from ceramics to textiles and traditional art. Then head down to the River Neretva, where you can witness locals test gravity’s limits by diving from the Stari Most bridge . Maybe you’ll join in? If not, you can enjoy front-row seats at a riverbank cafe, Turkish coffee in hand.

Europe’s night trains

From spring 2024, European Sleeper will expand its services to offer travelers even more overnight rail options . The expansion connects Berlin to more Dutch and Belgian cities, and will simplify travel from London to Paris or Prague. Book a journey in early May before the summertime crowds arrive, and you can enjoy scenic train rides through lush green valleys, cherry-blossom-lined landscapes and snow-capped mountains.

The Western Balkans

Launching in 2024, the Trans Dinarica cycling route covers 3364km (2090 miles) through the Western Balkans , weaving through alpine lakes, national parks, Unesco sites and villages in the Dinaric Alps and nearby regions. The route is divided into 50km (31-mile) sections, with dining and accommodation options at the end of each one. Late May to early June is an ideal time to go: the snow has melted, spring flowers are in bloom and temperatures aren’t so punishing.

Find out more of the best places to go in May .

Village life in Croatia, two women sit in a park in Jakarta, a San Sebastian beach scene and a hiker walks along the Portuguese Camino

Where to travel in June

It’s almost impossible to move through the narrow streets of Croatia ’s historic cities and old towns at the height of summer without jostling elbows with fellow tourists. Go in early June instead, when you’re almost guaranteed sun-kissed weather and you’ve a better chance of snagging a spot at a popular attraction or restaurant without agonizing queues. Now that Croatia is officially in the eurozone , you can easily enter from most other EU countries without changing currency.

Basque Country, Spain

For much of the year, Spain’s Basque Country is under a constant drizzle – but by June the sun is out, and so are the locals. Outdoor terraces, bars and beaches come alive as people gather to linger over seafood and pinxtos. Try San Sebastián for its culinary scene and crescent-shaped cove; Bilbao for bar-hopping and museums; or try any of its scenic hiking trails. We love the Wine and Fish trail that traverses through the region's vineyards and coastal towns.

Jakarta, Indonesia 

Jakarta offers a dizzying mix of attractions, from exceptional cuisine and coffee to a rich history, a vibrant art scene, fantastic shopping and lively nightlife. While the weather is hot and humid most of the year, June offers a pleasant break with the onset of the dry season. Due to Jakarta’s unsustainable future, Indonesia plans to move the capital to Nusantara –  so visit soon, before it transforms forever.

The Portuguese Way, Camino de Santiago

The Portuguese Way  – also known as Caminho Portugues de Santiago – unfolds with ancient villages, locally owned albergues (hostels) and scenic paths through Portugal and Spain. June is an excellent time to take on the pilgrimage route, thanks to generally bright and pleasant weather, moderate crowds and lush, green fields.

Find out more of the best places to go in June .

Cycling in Midwest, Donegal lighthouse, Montana hiking path and people in Mongolia hunt with golden eagles

Where to travel in July

The midwest, usa.

With revitalized warehouses turned into art spaces, eco-design hotels and world-class museums, the USA ’s Midwest offers a multitude of reasons to visit. Moreover in 2024, Ann Arbor, Michigan – a haven for foodies – celebrates its 200th birthday with year-round festivities, while Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio celebrates its 50th anniversary. Visit in July to see Midwest energy in full force before August’s heat sets in.

Donegal, Ireland

Beautiful, wild and windswept Donegal boasts the longest coastline in Ireland and over 100 beaches – so even though summer attracts large crowds, finding a spot of solitude should be no problem. While you can never depend on the weather in Ireland, you’ll generally have a better chance of clear skies in July, making it an ideal time to hike Europe’s largest sea cliffs at Slieve Liag , or any of the Wild Atlantic Way ’s coastal paths. Earagail Arts Festival takes place in July, offering the chance to connect with the Irish language and local traditions.

Montana, USA

With its vast wilderness and jaw-dropping “big sky” landscapes, Montana truly embodies the spirit of the American West . While there’s no bad time to visit, July stands out for outdoor activities like hiking, white-water rafting, cycling and wildflower spotting. With the snow melted, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks are more accessible (though tour buses are back on the road). Festival season is in full swing, too, with the Under the Big Sky Festival in Whitefish, Evel Knievel Days in Butte and the Flathead Cherry Festival in Polson all taking place in July.

Saalfelden Leogang, Austria

In 2024, Saalfelden Leogang , an Austrian mountain resort, is embracing a sustainable future with a new solar-powered chairlift and an array of guided outdoor activities. Visit in winter for skiing or snowboarding – or in summer, when you can hike, bike and swim in the lake at this family-friendly mountain playground.

​​Mongolia beckons to those yearning for vast expanses, thrilling adventures and captivating cultural encounters. With its awe-inspiring landscapes and rich heritage, this extraordinary destination holds a multitude of treasures waiting to be discovered . Mongolia is best visited in the summer, when the steppes turn electric green and you can explore the countryside. July is the main time to catch Naadam events (with such traditional games as horse racing, wrestling and archery) happening in small towns across the country. 

Find out more of the best places to go in July .

Colorful harborside Greenland buildings illuminated by sunset; a walking trail filled with wildflowers in Poland; hikers in a lush and wet jungle in Ecuador and goats graze on a clifftop in Scotland's Far North

Where to travel in August

In 2024, Greenland will get two new airports, in Nuuk and Ilulissat, allowing for direct flight connections between this icy land and North America. Once there, you can enjoy unique local experiences. For dog-sledding and the northern lights, spring is the ideal time to visit – and coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Arctic Sounds music festival next April. If you’re looking for outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, wildlife-spotting and endless hours of sun, though, you can’t go wrong in August.

August is an excellent time to embrace Poland ’s natural beauty. You can hike in the Carpathian Mountains , kayak in the Great Marsuain Lakes and bike in Białowieża National Park . In fact, Poland boasts 23 national parks, which means you’ll never run out of outdoor activities. If you prefer something more relaxing, Poland’s coastline offers affordable, uncrowded white-sand beaches, best enjoyed in late summer.

With drier weather and more sunshine, August is a great time to explore Ecuador ’s 10 national parks and eco-friendly cloud lodges – and Día de Independencia (August 8) and the procession of La Virgen del Cisne (August 15) are big events on the cultural calendar. If you’re not pushed for time, a brand new digital-nomad visa means tourists can enjoy extended stays in one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. 

Far North, Scotland

Next year, Scotland ’s Far North is vying for Unesco World Heritage recognition thanks to its rich biodiversity and critical role in carbon sequestration. The wild and boggy terrain is home to mist-shrouded mountains, rivers, a diverse wildlife population and restaurants that emphasize local, foraged ingredients. A late-August visit ensures comfortable temperatures for exploring the great outdoors – without the nuisance of midges.

The Baltic Trails 

Crisscrossing Estonia , Latvia and Lithuania , the newly established Baltic Trails are best tackled in summer, when guesthouses are operating and the sun shines until 10pm. Trekkers can take to two trails: the Baltic Coastal Hiking Route, which runs along the Baltic Sea; and the Forest Trail, which takes you through forest hinterland and national parks, including Latvia’s Gauja River Valley.

Find out more of the best places to go in August

Kansas City streetcar downtown, a village in Tuscany, a cat plays in an ochre-hued street in Izmir, a woman admires views of the countryside from a pool in South Africa

Where to travel in September

Kansas city, usa .

Kansas City , in the heart of the American Midwest, is increasingly traveler-friendly thanks to revitalized urban spaces, a brand-new, state-of-the-art airport terminal and expanded (free!) streetcar service. In 2024, the city is set to unveil its first National Women’s Soccer League stadium – a prelude to hosting World Cup games in 2026. For the ultimate KC sports experience, visit in September, when the NFL season kicks off and you can experience the roar of a Chiefs home game.

Tuscany, Italy

Few destinations epitomize the art of savoring life’s unhurried moments quite like this idyllic region. Whether you’re wandering along pristine hiking trails or reacquainting your palate with the rustic charm of cucina contadina (farmhouse cooking), any experience in Tuscany is an exquisite fusion with the land itself. Come September, as the sun’s gentle warmth lingers, you’ll find the bliss of fewer tourists and countryside paths awash with wild blooms.

İzmir, Turkey

İzmir is a city that prides itself on good living – which isn’t hard thanks to its seaside location, fresh Aegean cuisine, and a blend of rediscovered heritage and revitalized contemporary culture that draws visitors from teeming Istanbul . With its mild winters and refreshing breezes caressing the city from the bay, İzmir’s allure as a year-round destination is undeniable. Yet September, as the summer heat mellows, might be the ideal time to explore this city.

South Africa

South Africa is an ode to natural grandeur: penguins inhabit the coastline, lions and black rhinos prowl the bush, and the fynbos shrub breathes life into the hills of the Western Cape . The southern-hemisphere-spring months of September and October bring the best chances of dolphin and whale encounters, including at whale-watching centers such as Hermanus . Do your research and book responsible experiences, taking care to avoid places where wild animals are held captive or made to alter their natural behavior.

Find out more of the best places to go in September

Autumn leaves in Hunza Valley, Pakistan; Downtown Montreal in autumn colors, Beach at the Dead Sea in Egypt; a whitewater rafter in Patagonia

Where to travel in October

In October in Pakistan , the monsoon season has ended, vibrant autumn hues take over the Hunza Valley, and guided outdoor tours through the country’s alpine valleys and snow-capped Himalayan passes beckon. Don’t miss a journey along the dramatic Karakoram Highway to immerse yourself in the country’s most epic mountain scenery. 

Montréal, Canada

While summer is the best time for outdoor festivals, fall in Montréal offers cheaper prices, beautiful autumn leaves and just-right temperatures. Don’t miss the Parc du Mont-Royal , where wooded trails and the Belvédère Kondiaronk provide views of the mountain’s changing hues against the backdrop of downtown. Another must-visit is Gardens of Light , a colorful event that transforms the Chinese, Japanese and First Nations gardens of the Jardin Botanique into works of art through the end of October.

The long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open its doors in 2024, offering a tantalizing immersion in Egypt ’s ancient treasures. What’s more, budget travelers will have more options, with the potential launch of low-cost flights from Ryanair and Air Sphinx. Unsure when to visit? October is usually a great time , as crowds thin out, temperatures remain balmy and the light provides excellent photography opportunities.

New trails, ever-growing parklands and a truly ambitious rewilding project make Patagonia both fiercer and more approachable than ever before. Need another reason to visit in 2024? An annular solar eclipse will black out the skies over both Argentina ’s and Chile’s Patagonia National Parks on October 2, creating even more buzz in one of the planet’s wildest corners.

Find out more of the best places to go in October

Colorful buildings in Santiago, Chile; swimmers in the water of Mafia Island, Tanzania; dolphins in South Island, New Zealand

Where to travel in November

Travelers will love Chile in November. After the hush of winter months, Patagonia awakens to the vibrant hues of spring, while the northern regions gradually shed their chill, offering a respite from the dampness of previous seasons. This also marks the ideal time to explore the picturesque coastal towns and desert landscapes of the north, a month before the busy tourist season swings into action. 

Swahili Coast, Tanzania

Tanzania ’s Swahili Coast boasts a timeless allure, beckoning travelers year-round. November offers terrific wildlife watching. Savor the coastal wonders in their full glory with whale sharks swimming on Mafia Island or float along the wide Rufiji River on a boat safari, passing hippos submerged in the shallows, crocodiles sunning themselves on rocks and kingfishers taking it all in from the riverbanks.

Southern Lakes and Central Otago, New Zealand

November can be a great time to visit, especially if you love mountain biking (Kiwis have gone bike-mad) amid still cooler weather. New Zealand ’s Great Walks hiking season also kicks off in late October and runs through until April. Spring festivals include Crayfest Kaikōura , pairing everyone’s favorite crustacean (crayfish) with local wine and craft beer. It’s also a good time to incorporate some whale watching at Kaikoura . 

Find out more of the best places to go in November

Ice skating rink at Christmas time in Philadelphia, a water boat in Manaus and a iew to the old town square of Prague during night time with a Christmas market in winter time with snow

Where to travel in December

Philadelphia, usa .

Looking for an art and culture city break? Head straight to Philadelphia . In 2024, the Franklin Institute celebrates its 200th anniversary with revamped exhibitions and interactive displays. A new world-class art museum, Calder Gardens , dedicated to the work of world-famous sculptor (and Philly native) Alexander Calder, will open near the Rodin Museum and Barnes Foundation before the end of the year. While it’s cold in December, there are plenty of festive activities, including a public ice-rink near towering City Hall .

Manaus, Brazil 

Manaus , gateway to the Amazon , is best explored in the dry season, which generally runs until the end of December. Look for sustainable tourism and Indigenous-led initiatives like Biatüwi ’s all-Indigenous menu, which showcases ingredients from the Amazon Basin. Or go wildlife exploring in Rio Urubu, located just two hours from the city center.

Prague, Czechia

Yes, December can be bitingly cold in Prague – but that doesn’t mean it’s not a magical time of year, and the perfect month to find a traditional cozy pub to warm up and sink a tall Czech beer. Hearty Czech cuisine warms you up, and the cobblestone streets are illuminated with twinkling lights. Don’t miss the Christmas markets: the biggest is in the Old Town Square and runs until the end of the month – with mulled wine, gingerbread biscuits, seasonal gifts and musical performers.

Find out more of the best places to go in December

This article was first published Nov 19, 2019 and updated Oct 25, 2023.

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Embark on an unforgettable journey as we unveil the top 20 destinations for your Summer Travel in 2024. From sun-soaked beaches to majestic mountain ranges, this curated list promises the ultimate adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion. Whether you're seeking a romantic escape, family fun, or solo exploration, our guide offers something for every traveler's dream. Join us as we traverse the globe, discovering the best places to visit around the world this summer, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

1. Santorini, Greece

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Famous for its stunning sunsets, white-washed buildings, and crystal-clear waters. Why travel to Santorini, Greece this summer? Summer in Santorini means warm weather perfect for exploring the island's iconic white-washed buildings, lounging on its stunning beaches, and witnessing unforgettable sunsets over the Aegean Sea. Who should travel to Santorini, Greece this summer? Ideal for romantic couples seeking a picturesque getaway with its stunning sunsets, romantic ambiance, and luxurious accommodations overlooking the Aegean Sea. Interested in planning your summer travels in Santorini, Greece? Personalize your Greece Travel Package

2. Barcelona, Spain

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Known for its unique architecture, vibrant street life, and beautiful beaches.

3. Bali, Indonesia

Offers beautiful beaches, lush rice terraces, and a rich cultural experience.

4. Paris, France

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5. Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Spectacular coastal scenery, colorful villages, and delicious Italian cuisine.

Why travel to Amalfi Coast, Italy this summer? The Amalfi Coast shines in the summer with its warm weather, allowing visitors to soak up the sun on its picturesque beaches, wander through charming coastal towns like Positano and Ravello, and savor fresh seafood overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean.

Who should travel to Amalfi Coast, Italy this summer? Ideal for couples seeking a romantic escape with its stunning coastal scenery, charming villages, and exquisite cuisine, as well as families looking for a relaxing beach vacation with plenty of cultural experiences and outdoor activities. Interested in planning your summer travels in Amalfi Coast, Italy? Personalize your Italy Travel Package

6. Kyoto, Japan

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Rich in history and culture with beautiful temples, traditional tea houses, and stunning gardens.

Why travel to Kyoto, Japan this summer? Summer in Kyoto offers the chance to experience traditional festivals like Gion Matsuri, stroll through lush gardens and bamboo forests, and admire the city's ancient temples and shrines amidst warm, sunny days. Who should travel to Kyoto, Japan this summer? Perfect for couples interested in exploring traditional Japanese culture, history, and architecture, as well as solo travelers seeking tranquility amidst beautiful gardens, temples, and serene landscapes. Interested in planning your summer travels in Kyoto, Japan? Personalize your Japan Travel Package

7. Cape Town, South Africa

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Offers diverse landscapes including beaches, mountains, and vineyards, along with cultural attractions.

Why travel to Cape Town, South Africa this summer? With its mild winter during the Northern Hemisphere's summer, Cape Town boasts perfect weather for exploring Table Mountain, indulging in wine tasting in nearby vineyards, and relaxing on its beautiful beaches along the Atlantic seaboard. Who should travel to Cape Town, South Africa this summer? Suitable for adventurous couples or families seeking a mix of outdoor activities, wildlife experiences, and cultural immersion amidst stunning natural landscapes and vibrant city life. Interested in planning your summer travels in Cape Town, South Africa? Personalize your South Africa Travel Package

8. Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Known for its medieval walls, picturesque old town, and stunning Adriatic Sea views.

Why travel to Dubrovnik, Croatia this summer? Summer brings Dubrovnik's historic streets to life with bustling markets, outdoor cafes, and cultural events. Visitors can also take advantage of the warm weather to explore the city walls, swim in the Adriatic Sea, and enjoy boat trips to nearby islands. Who should travel to Dubrovnik, Croatia this summer? Great for couples seeking a romantic escape with its picturesque old town, stunning coastal views, and opportunities for leisurely walks, as well as families interested in history, culture, and outdoor adventures. Interested in planning your summer travels in Dubrovnik, Croatia? Personalize your Croatia Travel Package

9. Maui, Hawaii, USA

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Why travel to Maui, Hawaii, USA this summer? Offers breathtaking beaches, lush rainforests, and opportunities for snorkeling and hiking. Summer in Maui offers ideal conditions for snorkeling with sea turtles, hiking through lush rainforests to majestic waterfalls, and enjoying the island's laid-back atmosphere and stunning sunsets. Who should travel to Maui, Hawaii, USA this summer? Perfect for honeymooners or couples seeking a romantic beach getaway with its pristine beaches, lush landscapes, and opportunities for outdoor adventures like snorkeling, hiking, and scenic drives. Interested in planning your summer travels in Maui, Hawaii, USA? Personalize your USA Travel Package

10. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Famous for its Carnival, stunning beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema, and iconic landmarks like Christ the Redeemer.

Why travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer? Rio comes alive in the summer with its famous Carnival atmosphere lingering, inviting visitors to enjoy lively samba performances, relax on its world-famous beaches, and take in panoramic views from iconic landmarks like Sugarloaf Mountain. Who should travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer? Best enjoyed by young couples or groups of friends seeking a lively city break filled with samba music, beach parties, and cultural experiences, as well as families interested in exploring the city's iconic landmarks and vibrant culture. Interested in planning your summer travels in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil? Personalize your Brazil Travel Package

11. Queenstown, New Zealand

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Known as the adventure capital of the world with activities such as bungee jumping, skydiving, and skiing.

Why travel to Queenstown, New Zealand this summer? Summer in Queenstown offers a plethora of outdoor adventures, from hiking in the Remarkables Range to bungee jumping over the Kawarau River. The long daylight hours allow for plenty of time to explore the stunning landscapes and indulge in adrenaline-pumping activities. Who should travel to Queenstown, New Zealand this summer? Ideal for adventurous couples or thrill-seeking friends looking for outdoor activities such as hiking, bungee jumping, and skiing, as well as families seeking a mix of adventure and natural beauty amidst stunning landscapes. Interested in planning your summer travels in Queenstown, New Zealand? Personalize your New Zealand Travel Package

12. Istanbul, Turkey

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A city where east meets west, with rich history, stunning architecture, and delicious cuisine.

Why travel to Istanbul, Turkey this summer? Summer in Istanbul is a feast for the senses, with warm weather perfect for exploring the city's historic sites such as the Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. Visitors can also enjoy leisurely boat rides along the Bosphorus or savoring delicious Turkish cuisine at outdoor cafes. Who should travel to Istanbul, Turkey this summer? Perfect for history enthusiasts, couples, or families interested in exploring the city's rich history, vibrant culture, and diverse culinary scene, as well as solo travelers seeking a blend of ancient wonders and modern delights. Interested in planning your summer travels in Istanbul, Turkey? Personalize your Turkey Travel Package

13. The Maldives


Known for its luxurious overwater bungalows, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life.

Why travel to the Maldives this summer? Summer is the perfect time to visit the Maldives for pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and world-class snorkeling and diving opportunities. With calm seas and sunny weather, it's an ideal destination for relaxation and indulgence in luxurious overwater villas. Who should travel to the Maldives this summer? Best enjoyed by honeymooners or couples seeking a luxurious and secluded escape with pristine beaches, overwater villas, and world-class diving and snorkeling, as well as travelers looking for a relaxing retreat surrounded by natural beauty. Interested in planning your summer travels in the Maldives? Personalize your Maldives Travel Package

14. Banff National Park, Canada

Offers stunning mountain scenery, turquoise lakes, and opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, and outdoor activities.

Why travel to Banff National Park, Canada this summer? Summer in Banff National Park showcases the Canadian Rockies in all their glory, with opportunities for hiking amidst breathtaking scenery, wildlife spotting, and enjoying outdoor activities such as canoeing on turquoise lakes like Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Who should travel to Banff National Park, Canada this summer? Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, or families looking to explore the Canadian Rockies with activities such as hiking, wildlife viewing, canoeing, and scenic drives amidst breathtaking landscapes. Interested in planning your summer travels in Banff National Park, Canada? Personalize your Canada Travel Package

15. Phuket, Thailand

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Famous for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich cultural heritage.

Why travel to Phuket, Thailand this summer? Phuket shines in the summer with its warm weather and clear skies, making it ideal for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts. Visitors can explore the island's vibrant nightlife, indulge in delicious Thai cuisine, and take boat trips to nearby islands for snorkeling and diving adventures. Who should travel to Phuket, Thailand this summer? Perfect for beach lovers, party-goers, or families seeking a tropical escape with its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and opportunities for water sports, island hopping, and cultural experiences. Interested in planning your summer travels in Phuket, Thailand? Personalize your Thailand Travel Package

16. Sydney, Australia

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Iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, beautiful beaches, and vibrant culinary scene.

Why travel to Sydney, Australia this summer? Summer in Sydney means outdoor fun, from surfing at Bondi Beach to picnicking in the Royal Botanic Garden. The city comes alive with festivals, outdoor concerts, and events like the Sydney Festival, offering visitors a vibrant cultural experience amidst stunning natural beauty. Who should travel to Sydney, Australia this summer? Great for couples, families, or solo travelers looking to experience the best of city life and outdoor adventures with activities such as surfing, harbor cruises, exploring national parks, and enjoying cultural events and festivals. Interested in planning your summer travels in Sydney, Australia ? Personalize your Australia Travel Package

17. Reykjavik, Iceland

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Known for its otherworldly landscapes, including geysers, waterfalls, and the famous Blue Lagoon.

Why travel to Reykjavik, Iceland this summer? Summer in Reykjavik brings long days of sunshine, allowing visitors to explore Iceland's unique landscapes, including waterfalls, geysers, and volcanic landscapes. Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy activities such as hiking, whale watching, and soaking in geothermal pools like the Blue Lagoon. Who should travel to Reykjavik, Iceland this summer? Ideal for adventurous couples or nature enthusiasts seeking unique landscapes, outdoor activities like hiking, glacier trekking, and whale watching, as well as families interested in exploring geothermal wonders and Icelandic culture. Interested in planning your summer travels in Reykjavik, Iceland? Personalize your Iceland Travel Package

18. Machu Picchu, Peru

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Ancient Incan ruins set against the backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery.

Why travel to Machu Picchu, Peru this summer? Summer is the dry season in Machu Picchu, offering clear skies and ideal conditions for trekking the Inca Trail or exploring the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu itself. Visitors can immerse themselves in the rich history and breathtaking scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Who should travel to Machu Picchu, Peru this summer? Perfect for history buffs, adventure seekers, or couples seeking a once-in-a-lifetime experience exploring ancient ruins, trekking through breathtaking landscapes, and immersing themselves in Andean culture. Interested in planning your summer travels in Machu Picchu, Peru? Personalize your Peru Travel Package

19. Dubai, UAE

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Offers luxurious accommodations, stunning architecture, and world-class shopping and dining experiences.

Why travel to Dubai this summer? While Dubai can be scorching in the summer, it's a great time to take advantage of indoor attractions such as shopping in the world's largest malls, visiting indoor theme parks like IMG Worlds of Adventure, and enjoying luxury accommodations at discounted rates. Who should travel to Dubai this summer? Great for luxury travelers, couples, or families seeking a mix of opulent experiences, world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment, as well as cultural immersion amidst futuristic architecture and desert landscapes . Interested in planning your summer travels in Dubai? Personalize your Dubai Travel Package

20. Copenhagen, Denmark


A charming city known for its colorful buildings, historic sites, and innovative culinary scene.

Why travel to Copenhagen, Denmark this summer? Summer in Copenhagen brings a lively atmosphere with outdoor dining along the canals, cycling through the city's picturesque streets, and visiting attractions like Tivoli Gardens and the colorful Nyhavn district, all under the long days of Scandinavian sunlight. Who should travel to Copenhagen, Denmark this summer? Ideal for couples, families, or solo travelers looking for a blend of history, culture, and modern Scandinavian lifestyle with activities such as exploring historic sites, biking along canals, and indulging in Nordic cuisine and design. Interested in planning your summer travels in Copenhagen, Denmark? Personalize your Denmark Travel Package

As we conclude our exploration of the best places to visit around the world for Summer Travel 2024, we hope this guide has ignited your wanderlust and provided inspiration for your next adventure. Whether you're drawn to the azure waters of Santorini, the bustling streets of Tokyo, or the tranquil landscapes of Banff National Park, there's a destination on this list to suit every traveler's desires. As you plan your summer getaway, remember to embrace the magic of exploration, immerse yourself in new experiences, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Here's to a summer filled with adventure, discovery, and unforgettable moments. Safe travels and happy exploring!

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24 Destinations for 2024

As the sun sets on another year, we stand at the precipice of a new era in travel, brimming with opportunities to explore, discover, and experience the world like never before. Welcome to the ultimate list of 24 destinations for 2024, where we unveil the most captivating areas of the world that promise to make your next year an exhilarating whirlwind of adventure and culture.

Get ready to expand your horizons, our curated list spans the globe, offering an array of experiences that cater to every traveller’s dreams and desires. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker seeking the adrenaline rush of a lifetime or a culture enthusiast eager to immerse yourself in rich traditions, this list has something for you.

So, we thought we’d deliver a dose of travel inspiration for 2024 holidays  because we all deserve a little something to look forward to.

New destinations

Our amazing team of destination experts are always looking for new places to add to our list, and we’re particularly excited about these additions. We have a feeling people will be going all out in 2024 and we can’t think of anywhere better than…:

1. Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Among our selection of newest destinations is the fabulous Dominican Republic , the beautiful Caribbean nation synonymous with palm-fringed white sand beaches, wild jungle-strewn mountainous and riotously colourful carnivals. Hike the Pico Duarte, the highest peak in the Caribbean, discover the stunning El Limón waterfall, try delicious tostones (fried plantains) and wash it down with a glass of mamajuana. There’s no doubt the Dominican Republic will capture your heart.

2.  Slovenia


Sensational Slovenia is often – and unfairly – overlooked. Home to mountains, lakes, vineyards, forests, caves and hot springs, you’ll be hard-pushed to become bored here. The quaint towns are home to gorgeous architecture untouched by time, and the local cuisine is a delightful crossover of bohemian heartiness and Mediterranean flair. Make this your 2024 holiday destination – you won’t regret it.

3.  Vietnam


This snaking S-shape of lush green land promises a surprise around every corner. Vietnam is a  land of enchantment that seamlessly blends ancient traditions with awe-inspiring natural beauty. Get lost among the bustling streets of Hanoi or the serene waters of Halong Bay, adorned with limestone karsts, discover the flavours of Vietnamese cuisine and explore historic temples… Vietnam promises a truly immersive experience quite unlike anywhere else.

4.  Biarritz


A chic seaside town on France’s Basque Coast, Biarritz is a magnet for surfers, art lovers and foodies. Go for coastal walks in the hunt for hidden sandy spots and dramatic cliff scenery, ride the waves at Europe’s first-ever surf beach, Côte des Basques, or go for a historic wander around the museums and heritage buildings of this charming town.

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5. Dordogne

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This region of France has always been a firm favourite with our customers, and it’s easy to see why. Château-studded hills, picturesque fortified towns, quality wine-growing regions, and lush forested interiors make it a real beauty. Foodies will appreciate the fresh, local produce and history buffs will enjoy soaking up tales of the region’s past.

6. Provence

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This classy and sophisticated region of France is the perfect place to spend the summer. Stroll along to local morning markets for fresh pastries, frolic through lavender fields, and indulge in the mouthwatering gastronomy by the harbourside. History and art lovers aren’t forgotten, as the region is home to iconic art collections and some of France’s most famous prehistoric cave paintings.

7. French Riviera

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Stylish, cosmopolitan and effortlessly elegant – everyone needs to spend a holiday in the French Riviera at least once in their lives, as it makes you feel just a little bit like an A-Lister. The coastline is fringed by a collection of chic coastal towns where you can dine alfresco on a sun-soaked terrace, spend your days by the beach, and rub shoulders with the glamorous as you sip champagne while watching the sunset.

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Home to some of the best beaches in Greece, this mountainous peninsula on the mainland flies gloriously under the radar due to many people escaping to the nearby islands. Forested hills, ancient monasteries and rustic stone houses make this a truly authentic escape. Spend your days kicking back on a secluded, sun-baked beach, drive along the coastal roads to explore charming local villages, or soak up the spirit and atmospheres of the local restaurants and bars. This is where you come to rest, relax and recharge.


An island of historic treasures, a lively town centre, and wild scenery, Kos is way more than fine sand beaches and electric blue waters (although we wouldn’t say no to spending our whole holiday lazing on said beaches). Boasting a rich history, visitors have a selection of monuments to visit, such as Asklepion, Neratzia Castle and Antimachia Castle. Or if you’re looking for somewhere to kick back and watch the world go by, you can do that too.

10. Zakynthos

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You may recognise its world-famous Navagio Beach (aka Shipwreck Beach) from your Instagram feeds, but there’s much more to this cove-studded island than meets the eye. Traditional rural villages amongst hilltops and forests, limestone cliffs flank white sand beaches, and lively evenings filled with music and cocktails. A trip to this beautiful Greek island is the perfect way to ease your stresses, and the colourful marine park is ideal for a spot of scuba diving or snorkelling.

United Kingdom

11. scotland.

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Magical lochs, rugged wilderness and dramatic coastlines – the landscapes of Scotland offer an endless amount of adventures for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re into sailing, hiking, kayaking or abseiling, you can find all manner of activities to get stuck into. That’s not to mention the rich history living in the walls of its medieval castles, ruins and city streets. Cosy up in a local pub, go shopping in one of the cities, or just soak up the views from the hot tub at your holiday home.

12. Cotswolds

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Chocolate-box villages that wouldn’t look out of place in a children’s storybook, the Cotswolds is a rural idyll in the south of England set in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With quaint and cosy pubs, walking trails winding their way through undulating countryside, and quintessentially British tea rooms, it’s a great place for a family holiday.


Experience the Croatia that’s not in the travel guides. This heart-shaped peninsula promotes the local way of life, away from the tourist-laden pockets of the country (if you venture further than the coastline, that is). The foodie heart of Croatia is alive and well here, with white truffles, fresh seafood and award-winning wines featuring heavily on the menu. Hilltop villages are surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the national parks are great for a day out cycling or walking with the family.


A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s no surprise that Croatia’s  Trogir is oozing in natural beauty. Once ruled by the Ancient Greeks, and subsequently the Romans, this pretty island city’s fascinating history is proudly displayed through its architectural delights.

But it’s not all about cathedrals and fortresses. If beach days are more your vibe, the dazzling Trogir Riviera will treat you to quaint, shingle beaches, warm waters and beachside bars. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly spots for swimming with little ones or lively stretches offering bars and restaurants, there’s something for every type of Trogir holiday.

15. Menorca

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A low-key alternative to its Balearic neighbours, Menorca is all about the beach days. Its 216 km-long coastline is punctuated with hidden coves, long sandy stretches, Blue Flag beaches, and volcanic scenery. White-washed villages, picturesque cities and Bronze Age sites add to the charm of this Biosphere Reserve island (awarded by UNESCO in 1993) – it’s a great place for a family holiday.

16. Galicia

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Spain’s northwestern province is unfairly overlooked as a holiday destination, but that rather works in its favour. You’ll get to experience its stunning coastline, pretty towns and villages, fascinating historic sites and unparalleled cuisine without the throngs of tourists that head elsewhere in Spain every year. Don’t miss the fabulous Cíes Islands, a short boat trip from Vigo, with its picturesque dune-backed beaches and forested hills begging to be hiked.

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Set in the ‘boot’ of Italy, this sun-baked region stands out for its unique, traditional Trullo houses that are scattered across its scenic, rolling hills. The UNESCO World Heritage town of Alberobello has a fairytale-like feel, the dramatic rocky coastline of Salento wouldn’t look out of place on a postcard, and the quaint town of Lecce (dubbed ‘Florence of the South’) is well-known for its Baroque architecture and foodie hotspots.

18. Sardinia

This Italian isle and its impossibly clear blue waters could easily be mistaken for somewhere in the Caribbean! Sardinia’s craggy coastline interspersed with stunning white sand beaches provides ample exploring opportunities from above the water if you are keen on sailing, or below the water if a scuba excursion takes your fancy.

Elsewhere in the world

19. marrakech.

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Colourful and chaotic souks, an ancient and bustling Medina and diverse landscapes – trek in the mountains, walk with camels in the desert, or find yourself in the midst of grand palaces –  Marrakech has got it all going on. Although there’s plenty of hustle and bustle, you can still find tranquillity in the beautiful local Riads or hammams.

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Where boho meets Turkish tradition, this white-washed seaside town is steeped in history, dating as far back as the Lycian times. When you’re not wandering the bougainvillaea-draped old quarter or taking a boat trip across the Med, you can explore ancient Lycian cities, tombs and the amphitheatre. While away a lazy morning feasting on a Turkish breakfast in a local café, before heading to the beach or discovering crumbling ruins.

21. Aphrodite Hills , Cyprus

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Set in the gorgeous, sun-soaked Paphos, this stylish retreat is ideal for those looking for everything in one place. Five-star hospitality, tranquil beaches, a spa and an award-winning golf course mean you can spend your hours relaxing and recharging or getting stuck into daily activities. There’s an incredible kids club to keep the young ones entertained while you enjoy some much-needed me-time next to your private pool and in the evening, come together as a family for alfresco dinners as you gaze into the sunset. Bliss.

22. Bay of Kotor , Montenegro


Montenegro is slowly becoming a sought-after destination, and the Bay of Kotor (aka Boka) is leading the charge. Breathtaking scenery surrounds the bay, which is scattered with medieval towns, monasteries and incredible national parks. It’s a breath of fresh air from the usual beach escape, and if you’re an adventure sports lover, architecture nerd, foodie or photographer, the Bay of Kotor is your Nirvana.

23.  Lisbon Coast , Portugal

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You might have heard a lot about Lisbon city, but what about its coastline ? Pristine national parks, surf beach havens, and vibrant seaside towns dot this captivating side of Portugal. But it’s not all about the beaches – head further inland and you’ll find historic, quirky Sintra with its brightly coloured palace, or the hidden Neolithic ruins of Adrenunes.

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Vibrant, energetic and passionate – these are just some of the ways to describe the culture and the people of Mexico . With fiery cuisine, fiesta-filled calendars, and charming towns, cities and villages, you’ll never be bored on a trip to Mexico. Whether you’re looking for a creative art scene, interesting architecture, sleepy beaches, or luscious jungles, you’ll find this country is full of soul, with plenty to satisfy your appetite.

So there we have it, our list of 24 destinations for 2024. Where takes your fancy the most?   Villa holidays  are perfect when you’re looking to stay  somewhere with the whole family  because you get the privacy and independence of your very own home-from-home that you can truly relax in (and with Oliver’s Travels , our places have plenty of space for even the biggest of groups!)

If you need help in planning your holiday, don’t hesitate to reach out to our  free concierge service .


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It goes without saying that travel is subjective. Everyone’s idea of the best destination for this, that and the other will be different. Our 24 best travel destinations for 2024 were selected based on personal experiences and informed passion — exactly what's driven Rough Guides for 40+ years. These are all places our experts can personally vouch for and we’re sure you’ll feel the same about (at least) some of them, too. Without further ado, here's your travel inspiration for 2024, and beyond. 

Best destinations for adventure

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Best destinations for new experiences in 2024

Gower Peninsula, Wales While Snowdonia understandably looms large as an outstanding spot for Welsh adventures, our panel made a strong case for featuring the Gower Peninsula as one of the best travel destinations for bucket list experiences.   And the reasons? First up, the Gower Peninsula was Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Beauty. With an extraordinary limestone coast and range of natural habitats, it’s a place to relish unforgettable walks on the wild side.   On that note, enjoy the Rhosili headland walk to Worm’s Head — a tidal island that’s only accessible for two hours either side of low tide.  Adventures await on the water, too, with Gower hosting world-class surfing, climbing, abseiling and coasteering opportunities.   If that wasn’t enough, the Gower Peninsula is also eminently affordable.  Expert’s tip: to get close to nature, book a Dryad Bushcraft course.  Discover more: download the free Rough Guide to Responsible Wales for more on the Gower and other Welsh wonders.

Rhossili Bay, Gower — a top spot for scenic, affordable adventure @ Shutterstock

Our experts considered destinations that offer multiple opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime experiences and high-octane adventures. Such experiences can be pretty costly, so they chose places that give travellers better bang for their buck. 

Gower Peninsula, Wales

While Eryri ( Snowdonia ) understandably looms large as an outstanding spot for Welsh adventures, our panel made a strong case for the  Gower Peninsula being a top spot for extraordinary outdoor experiences. 

Why? First up, the Gower Peninsula was Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Beauty. With an extraordinary limestone coast and range of natural habitats, it’s a place to relish unforgettable walks on the wild side. 

On that note, visitors can enjoy the Rhossili headland walk to Worm’s Head — a tidal island that’s only accessible for two hours either side of low tide.

Adventures await on the water, too, with Gower hosting world-class surfing, climbing, abseiling and coasteering opportunities. 

If that wasn’t enough, the Gower Peninsula is also eminently affordable.

Expert’s tip: to get close to nature, book a  Dryad Bushcraft course.

Discover more: check out our itineraries and discover the magic of Wales

Arenal volcano in Costa Rica ©Shutterstock

It's clear why Arenal is one of our 24 best travel destinations for 2024 © Shutterstock

Arenal, Costa Rica

From  volcano hikes , zip-lining and canyoning, to white-water rafting and invigorating hot spring-bathing,  Arenal offers an array of exhilarating activities.

This being  Costa Rica — one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet — Arenal also offers incredible wildlife-watching opportunities. 

For example, Arenal Volcano National Park, plays host to everything from toucans and sloths, to coati and capuchin monkeys.  

With activities for all ages and ability levels, Arenal is great for family trips of a lifetime. Wildlife-mad kids with a passion for adventure will be in their absolute element.

Expert’s tip: take a trip on Arenal lake (one of the  best Arenal volcano tours ), and a night-time nature tour (if you’re not freaked out by snakes, frogs and arachnids!).

Discover more : browse our customisable  tropical Costa Rica trip itinerary.

Sunrise on Half Dome in the Forest, Yosemite National Park, California ©  Stephen Moehle/Shutterstock

Yosemite National Park, California ©  Stephen Moehle/Shutterstock

California, USA

California struck a chord with our experts who highlighted the fact that the state has “so many famous places and fun experiences to tick off”.

Kicking off with a couple of icons, how many of us have longed to see the Hollywood sign in real life? Better still, take one of several trails to be wowed by its scale. Or, head to the Golden Gate Bridge for a sublime sunset experience.

For higher-octane adventures, hiking, sand-boarding and star-gazing awaits in Death Valley National Park. Or maybe you fancy biking, rock climbing, rafting and skydiving in Yosemite National Park?

Meanwhile, nature lovers won't want to miss marvelling at the world’s tallest, oldest trees (Hyperion coast redwoods) in Northern California’s Redwood National and State Parks.

Expert’s tip: heading to West Hollywood? The Bottega Louie restaurant is a highlight of the whole area — great food (amazing pizza, pasta and French macaroons!), killer espresso martinis, and great view of the nightlife.

Discover more: read up on  California road-trips that include a range of unforgettable, iconic destinations.

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Bloukrans Bridge, Tsitsikamma, South Africa © Shutterstock

The Garden Route, South Africa

Stretching between Mossel Bay in South Africa’s  Western Cape  and the Storms River Mouth on the western edge of the Eastern Cape , the Garden Route is a bona fide bucket list road-trip.

Encompassing sublime beaches and mountain forests, lakes and lagoons, nature reserves and vineyards, few routes offer such a diversity of one-of-a-kind experiences.

For example, Knysna Forest is a top spot to camp, hike and mountain bike, with its Outeniqua Trail offering an epic 7-day trek to Plettenberg Bay. Meanwhile, Kaaimans River in the Western Cape is a divine destination for hiking, abseiling and white-water kayaking. 

Travellers with a head for heights and a hankering for high-energy thrills won’t want to miss leaping from Bloukrans Bridge in Tsitsikamma — the world’s highest bridge bungee, no less.

Expert’s tip: consider  cycling the Garden Route .

Discover more : read up on the  best things to do in South Africa . And if you're going on a family trip, also find out all the information you need from our guide to South Africa with kids .

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Fairy tale enchantment awaits at Lake Bled, Slovenia © Shutterstock

Best travel destinations for relaxing 

Lake bled, slovenia.

Backed by the majestic Julian Alps, and overlooked by a medieval castle, visiting  Lake Bled in north-western  Slovenia is pretty hard to beat when it comes to restful travel.

The lake itself is mirror-like, with an adorable island at its heart — truly the stuff of fairy tales. In fact, winter sees this beauty spot host the Bled Winter Fairytale experience, during which the lakeside promenade sparkles with fairy lights. 

For sublime views of the lake, Bled Island and Bled Castle, head up to one of three forested hills — Mala Osojnica, Velika Osojnica, or Ojstrica.

Expert’s tip: be sure to try   Bled cream cake (it really is delicious), and reserve a table at Restaurant Sova to enjoy local dishes in atmospheric surroundings.

Discover more: find out why  Bled might be Europe’s greenest destination .

"Ile aux Cerfs", Mauritius, Africa with view of the mountain chain "Montagne Bambous" © Bekker Stefan/Shutterstock

ÎIe Aux Cerfs is within easy reach of Trou d'Eau Douce, Mauritius © Shutterstock

Trou d'Eau Douce, Mauritius 

Trou d'Eau Douce (“fresh water hole”) is the kind of azure-water wonderland that makes you feel 100% chilled from just looking at photos of it. Imagine, then, how relaxed you’d feel if you visited this  Mauritian marvel?

Located on the  east coast of the island, Trou d'Eau Douce was first settled by the Dutch in the 17 th century, with historic mills reinvented as art galleries and cafés.

In the main, visitors come to Trou d'Eau Douce for its beaches and laidback, get-away-from-it-all glamour. That and the fact the town is the jumping point for trips to Île Aux Cerfs Leisure Island. 

The epitome of a paradisiacal playground, Île Aux Cerfs serves world-class water-sports, golf and cuisine in tropical surroundings.

Expert’s tip: simply take things slow here. This small, quaint fishing village with little streets and a beautiful beach is the ideal place to just be. 

Discover more: aside from relaxing in Trou d'Eau Douce, read up on the  best things to do in Mauritius .

The entrance to the elephant cave "Goa Gajah" on the Indonesian island of Bali © Shutterstock

Goa Gajah, near Ubud, Bali © Shutterstock

Ubud, Bali 

Surrounded by forests, rivers and rice paddies in  Bali's uplands,  Ubud boasts a bounty of temples, galleries, museums and meditation centres. As such, it’s easy to see why our experts selected it as one of the best destinations for relaxing.

To start your trip in immersive style, make a beeline for Ubud Palace. This vibrant cultural hub showcases traditional dance and art in a splendid historic setting.

Outside town, soul-stirring walks await along paths that run through lush rice paddies, offering views of Gunung Agung volcano. 

Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) temple is another highlight. This ancient archaeological site unveils shrines, bathing pools, and an incredible cave decorated with mystical carvings. 

Expert’s tip: for an unforgettable stay (and food), Mana Earthly Paradise comes massively recommended. Run by an NGO, the beautiful eco-villas use renewable energy, natural building materials, and follow sustainable practices, while the restaurant serves probiotic foods made from locally-sourced, organic ingredients.

Explore all the possibilities of travelling to the island that beckons all year round with our guide to the best time to visit Bali . Planning a family trip? Also read our guide to travelling in Bali with kids .

Discover more: fancy blending culture with the bliss of a beach break? Browse our customisable  Royal Bali trip.


Captivating Karlovy Vary, Czechia © Shutterstock

West Bohemia, Czechia

West Bohemia is something of a utopia for relaxing travel — think chic spa towns, and remarkably enchanting natural landscapes.

On that subject, West Bohemia’s Šumava National Park — a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve — encompasses Central Europe’s largest forest, along with glacial lakes and Boubín primaeval forest. 

Offering all the haunting allure of a fairy-tale, hiking to Black Lake — the largest, deepest lake in Czechia — and legend-rich Devil’s Lake is an unforgettable experience. 

Back on the more beaten track, the spa towns of Karlovy Vary, Mariánské Lázně and Františkovy Lázně reveal more West Bohemian beauty in serenely elegant style.

Expert’s tip:  for a budget-friendly city break that’ll leave you recharged and refreshed, spend a long weekend in Pilsen. 

Discover more: read up on where to enjoy  hiking and history in the enchanting Czech Republic.

Exterior and garden of Real Alcazar Destination in Sevilla, Spain © Shutterstock

Alcazar, Seville, Spain © Shutterstock

Best destinations for culture and cuisine 

Seville, spain.

Capital of Andalucía,  Seville is a  Spanish stunner that stirs all the senses courtesy of its extraordinary cuisine and architecture. 

Barrio Santa Cruz, for example, plays hosts to iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site monuments. First up, the Alcázar Réal showcases over 1000 years of history from its opulent royal apartments to glorious gardens roamed by peacocks.

Just opposite, you’ll find the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Its ginormous Giralda bell tower dates back to 1195, when it was the minaret of the Aljama mosque. After working up an appetite uncovering cultural treasures, foodies will be in their element in Seville. Don’t miss the city’s signature serranito sandwich — pork loin, Serrano ham and grilled green pepper packed into a baguette.

In more good news, our resident Seville aficionado raved about the city’s reasonable prices.  Expert’s tip:  the authentic flamenco performances are a must! Shows don't get more emotive than at La Casa del Flamenco , in the heart of Seville's Santa Cruz district.

Discover more: love your grub? Our  Culinary Experience in Seville will set your mouth watering.

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Shirakawa village, Takayama, Japan © Shutterstock

Takayama, Japan

Located in the Japanese Alps,  Takayama is notable for Sanmachi Suji old town, which sees  Japan's prosperous Edo Period (1603-1868) preserved in pristine style.

Due to its location, Takayama was somewhat cut off from the rest of Japan. As a result, Edo Period customs — among them carpentry and sake brewing – thrived here post-1868, and still do today.

Alongside exploring Sanmachi Suji’s exquisitely-preserved merchants’ houses, don’t miss visiting a sake brewery. Meanwhile, meat-eaters should try the local Hida-gyu specialty — beef from cattle raised in the Gifu Prefecture for a minimum of fourteen months.

Then there’s Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village  —   an open-air museum that showcases shrines and traditional houses in a handsome hillside location.

Culture vultures will also want to take a trip to Shirakawa-go. Home to unique gasshō-zukuri farmhouses, this traditional village is a designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Expert’s tip: don’t be shy! Strip off and relax in a traditional onsen (hot spring).

Discover more: you’ll find more inspiration in our  Secrets of Japan trip, which includes Takayama.

Terre de Haut from Le Chameau hill, Guadeloupe © Shutterstock

Terre de Haut from Le Chameau hill, Guadeloupe © Shutterstock

Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe

The largest of Guadeloupe’s enchanting Iles des Saintes, Terre-de-Haut is a gorgeous overseas territory of France.

Exuding joie de vivre at every turn, this bijou island feels at once sophisticated and amiably unpretentious as it serves a moreish mix of top-notch Caribbean-Gallic cuisine and culture.

Its Old Town brims with bistros, boulangeries, boutiques and ice-cream parlours, with Fort Napoleon — perched 114 metres above sea level — revealing local history. 

This being the Caribbean, Terre-de-Haut isn’t short of beautiful beaches, all of them boasting sugar-soft sand and warm waters that are ripe for rewarding snorkelling jaunts.

Expert’s tip:  dine   at La Fringale for   fabulous French-Creole cuisine (be sure to try the boudin  sausage), super-friendly service, superb Chablis, and moreish local rum. And all this at surprisingly pocket-friendly prices.  

Discover more: get  The Rough Guide to the Caribbean .

Taxco Guerrero Mexico a colorful town © Shutterstock

Taxco, Mexico  © Shutterstock

Taxco, Mexico

A few hours south of Mexico City , and one of  Mexico’s best pueblos magico (magic towns), Taxco is celebrated for its silversmith culture.

On arrival, visitors never fail to fall for the charm of its colourful architecture, bursts of bougainvillea, and narrow streets that snake its steep hills. 

Add to that picturesque plazas, fabulous food, and one of Mexico’s most ornate churches — Santa Prisca — and Taxco amounts to a diamond of a destination for culture vultures. 

Touring a silver mine comes highly recommended, as does timing your visit to coincide with a local festival. For example, late November or early December sees silversmiths showcase their best handcrafted creations at the Feria Nacional de la Plata. 

Expert’s tip: occupying the terrace of Hotel Boutique Pueblo Lindo, Rosa Mexicano is a stunning spot to enjoy authentic local food. Don't leave Taxco before trying cochinita pibil,  a traditional Yucatec Mayan slow-roasted pork dish, or pozole, a traditional stew.

Discover more : take inspiration from our  Mexico itineraries .

Melissani Cave, Kefalonia Island, Greece © Shutterstock

Magical Melissani Cave, Kefalonia, Greece © Shutterstock

Kefalonia, Greece

While many  Greek islands are great for family holidays,  Kefalonia was lauded by our experts for offering a richness of experiences for all ages. 

In addition, while Kefalonia offers stacks of all-important family-friendly facilities, it remains relatively uncrowded and retains a rugged beauty. All the better for adding a dash of adventure to family breaks.

Kicking off with the obvious — Kefalonia is loaded with beautiful beaches for fun family days out. As a result of its safe shallow waters, activity offerings and facilities, red-hued Xi beach comes especially recommended if you’re travelling with kids.

Subterranean magic awaits at Melissani Cave and Melissani Lake, where you’ll board a boat to view dramatic myth-laden chambers and rock formations.

Animal-mad little ones will also adore boarding a boat to spot turtles, seals and dolphins.

Expert’s tip: if your little-legged little ones have the stamina, visit Mount Ainos National Park, where Drogarati Cave bares dragon’s teeth stalactites and stalagmites. 

Discover more : read up on the  best things to do in Kefalonia .

First light on the sand dunes between Wells and Holkham © Shutterstock

First light on the sand dunes between Wells and Holkham © Shutterstock

North Norfolk, UK

Travelling with kids in the UK? Here's why North Norfolk is one of the best travel destinations for 2024.

With 45 miles of coastline — including six beautiful Blue Flag beaches — it's packed with vast expanses of sand that offer families a refreshing sense of freedom.

In addition to delivering the timeless joys of a traditional seaside holiday — from building sandcastles on Holkham’s unspoilt beaches, to eating fish and chips at Wells-next-the-Sea — North Norfolk has masses to thrill kids along the Deep History Coast Discovery Trail. 

Head to West Runton to walk in the footsteps of the UK’s biggest mammoth. While the colossal skeleton unearthed here is now in the care of a museum, plenty of fossils are still being found in these parts.

Elsewhere, North Norfolk offers everything from steam railway rides, adventure parks and magical gardens, to seal-spotting excursions and children’s theatre. How that’s for variety that’ll keep all ages sated?

Expert’s tip: get close to seals in Blakeney National Nature Reserve. It's best to book a boat trip from Morston Quay.

Discover more: read up on the  best things to do in Norfolk .

Monsaraz castle and village and hot air balloons, Alentejo - Portugal © Shutterstock

Alentejo is a hotspot for hot air ballooning © Shutterstock

Alentejo, Portugal

Dune-backed beaches and breath-taking balloon trips. Exhilarating safari parks and magical walks. Covering a large area of southern Portugal , the Alentejo region is a wonderful place for family breaks, not least if you make it a multi-destination experience. 

Top attractions of the region include a duo of UNESCO World Heritage Site towns. Namely, fortified Elvas, and  Évora , with its Roman temple, Moorish alleys, medieval walls, and sixteenth-century mansions.

Meanwhile, kids who are crazy about animals will go wild for Badoca Safari Park and Monte Selvagem Animal Reserve.

Back on the coast, dolphin-watching adventures await, along with windsurfing and kite surfing courses for older kids. 

Oh, and any gourmands in your group will be very happy with Alentejo’s food and wine. The region is a major producer of notable full-bodied reds.

Expert’s tip:  take to the sky! Alentejo is   one of the few places in Europe you can enjoy a dreamy balloon trip around the year.

Discover more: read up on the best things to do in Portugal .

Tropial sunset with boats in Nai Yang Beach, Phuket, Thailand © Shutterstock

Nai Yang beach, Phuket,Thailand © Shutterstock

Nai Yang Beach, Phuket, Thailand

In general, Phuket is a great place for family holidays in Thailand . Many beaches are well-served by amenities, with water parks and child-friendly walks on the wild side (hello, Khao Phra Theao Nature Trai!) when you fancy a change from sea and sand. 

But back to the beach! With a long sweep of sand, excellent swimming conditions at its southern end, and laidback shorefront restaurants, Nai Yang comes especially recommended for families.

Plenty of natural adventures can be had here, too. For example, Nai Yang is right next to Sirinat National Park. If you visit between November and February, you might just get to see leatherback and hawksbill turtles laying their eggs along the park’s coastal fringe.

Added to that, our specialist noted that “it's affordable and easy to access from both Europe as well as the US”. 

Expert’s tip:  as much as we love a quiet beach, if there are no vendors around and your child wants French fries at 1pm, it's better to stick to beaches with amenities! It's safer to swim at non-deserted beaches, too.

Discover more: be inspired by ideas for family tours of Thailand .

Taktsang Palphug Monastery and the Tiger's Nest, is a Himalayan Buddhist sacred site located in cliffs of the upper Paro valley in Bhutan © Avik/Shutterstock

Taktsang Palphug, Bhutan © Avik/Shutterstock

Best destinations for meaningful travel 

For this category, we asked our experts to consider destinations that present opportunities to travel more responsibly. Places in which you can engage with local communities, environments and wildlife in rewarding, responsible ways that enrich travellers and the local community.

Ura Valley, Bhutan      

Carbon negative, and committed to its citizens’ well-being through a Gross National Happiness Index , majestically beautiful Bhutan obliges tourists to pay a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF).

With SDF revenue transparently allocated to programmes that sustain cultural traditions, protect the environment, and build climate resilience, every visitor contributes something tangible to the country.

As for why to visit, Bhutan is a heavenly destination for adventurers, with challenging Himalayan mountain hikes taking you through pristine landscapes.

Another highlight is trekking up to Taktsang Goemba (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) — a sacred place that’s improbably sited on a vertical 3000-metre cliff.

Bhutan will also delight travellers interested in culture, courtesy of the thirteen Bhutanese arts and crafts known as the Zorig Chusum.

If you choose to base yourself one place, our experts suggest the Ura Valley. At 3100 metres above sea level, this small rural settlement is one of the highest Bumthang valleys.

Expert’s tip:  time your trip to coincide with a festival, like the Ura Yakchoe festival of masked dance. In 2024, this will run 20th–24th April.

Discover more: browse our Mountains and Monasteries trip itinerary to uncover a bounty of Bhutan’s beauty. 

Knepp's deers © Shutterstock

Knepp's deers © Shutterstock

Knepp Rewilding Project, England

While rewilding has become a bit of a buzzword of late, Knepp — an historic, former hunting estate in the heart of Sussex — has been blazing the rewilding trail for some 20 years. 

In that time, the Knepp Rewilding Project has seen endangered species — among them turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies — find a beautiful place to call home here. 

Alongside said endangered species, the 3500-acre site also sees herds of English longhorn cattle, Tamworth pigs, Exmoor ponies and red and fallow deer roam free.

Visit Knepp to walk countless wildlife trails, or book a safari in the company of an expert guide. You could even opt to stay here – take your pick from bedding down in bell tent, yurt, shepherd’s hut or tree house.

Expert’s tip: visit in spring to see carpets of bluebells, along with piglets, fawns, foals and calves. Meanwhile, autumn sees Knepp ring with the unmistakable bellow and clatter of deer rutting season.

Discover more: read up on ecological attractions and activities in the UK .

Young woman serving rice and curry in traditional rural kitchen. Eco village Hiriwadunna, Sri Lanka © Shutterstock

Visit Hiriwadunna, Sri Lanka, for a taste of rural village life © Shutterstock

Hiriwadunna, Sri Lanka

Intrigued by Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle ? Alongside marvelling at more obvious attractions like the Dambulla cave temples and the remarkable Sigiriya rock fortress, head to Hiriwadunna for a taste of village life.

With tours run by guides who are local to the area, visiting the village is a wonderful way to experience rural Sri Lanka while also giving something back. 

In addition, as a result of a period of political unrest, Sri Lanka has seen a decline in tourist numbers. This means your visit to Hiriwadunna will make even more of a difference. 

Trips usually begin with a ride on an ox cart, followed by a walk through rice fields, and a delicious lunch of local vegetable curries.

Expert’s tip:  For the ultimate experience, pick the best season for your adventure with our guide to the best time to visit Sri Lanka .

Want to have an unforgettable experience on a family vacation to Sri Lanka? Read our guide to Sri Lanka with kids and pick up some useful tips.

Discover more: see our customisable  Wild and Wonderful Sri Lanka trip — it includes Hiriwadunna.

Old lighthouse on isolated island, Shetland, Scotland © Shutterstock

Shetland, Scotland © Shutterstock

UNESCO Trail, Scotland

The first country in the world to link all its UNESCO sites along one route, Scotland’s UNESCO Trail is an amazing way to take in tonnes of natural and cultural wonders.

With thirteen sites in total ­— six World Heritage Sites, two Biosphere Reserves, two Global Geoparks and three Creative Cities — the UNESCO Trail showcases Scotland’s richness while encouraging visitors to travel more responsibly .

As for the route, it covers a remarkable variety of UNESCO designations and a diversity of destinations — from the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, to the Global Geopark of Shetland. From St Kilda’s World Heritage Site islands in the Outer Hebrides, to Edinburgh , a UNESCO City of Literature.

While it’ll take around 40 days to cover the entire trail, one of its allures is being able to dip in and out of it, and return to it year after year.

Expert’s tip: if you can, take a trip to Orkney to see the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's utterly enchanting, whether you're into ancient history or not.

Discover more: keen to take less-travelled roads? Read up on spectacular remote places in Scotland . 

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A new 2024 train service between Barcelona and Paris could get you to the Olympics in luxurious style © Neirfy/Shutterstock

Barcelona and Paris  —    scoot between cities on a new train service

Keen to cut down on flights, but don’t want to curb your European travels? You’ll be happy to hear an Italian rail company has just announced plans to launch a new high-speed service between Barcelona and Paris .

Though the exact date has yet to be confirmed, it’s expected to be up and running in time for the Paris Olympics, which kicks off in July 2024. 

Promising a more luxurious experience, and to shave time off the current Barcelona-Paris service (this takes 6 hours 45 minutes), now might be the time to consider taking a multi-destination European rail-trip.

Expert's tip: before zipping to Paris, stock up on snacks from La Boqueria — one of the best food markets in the world for obvious reasons.

Discover more: arm yourself with tips for travelling by train in Europe .

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2024 will see Dominica further protect its resident sperm whales © Shutterstock

Dominica — explore the world’s first marine protected area for sperm whales

While Dominica’s waters have long drawn in-the-know divers, November 2023 saw the island announce the creation of the world’s first marine protected area for sperm whales. 

With Dominica being the only place in the world sperm whales can be seen year-round, this is excellent news for the future of the species. It also means visitors to Dominica’s waters in 2024 will experience something very new, and very special.

Whales aside, it’s clear why Dominica is known as the Nature Island of the Caribbean. Pristine rainforests sparkle and thunder with rivers and waterfalls. Its Boiling Lake — located in the UNESCO-designated Morne Trois Pitons National Park — is the second largest of its kind in the world. 

If that wasn’t enough, Dominica’s 115-mile Waitukubuli Trail is the longest hiking trail in the Caribbean, while its Waitukubuli Sea Trail is the Caribbean’s only sea-kayak trail. For a tiny island, Dominica sure packs magnificent punch.

Expert’s tip: while Dominica is blatantly big on nature, it’s also blessed with big cultural experiences. For example, visit the  Kalinago Barana Autê  to find out about the island’s indigenous Kalinago people.

Discover more: be inspired by  community projects in Dominica .

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Visit Malta in 2024 for the new UNESCO-endorsed Malta Biennale © Shutterstock

Malta — enjoy the new UNESCO-endorsed Malta Biennale

2024 will see the island of Malta — and sister island Gozo — transformed into a spectacular art gallery by the first ever Malta Biennale .

Running from March to May, the Malta Biennale will coincide with the island’s longstanding festa  season. This means all corners of both beautiful islands will be energised by everything from traditional parades, to the world-class contemporary art of the Biennele.

With UNESCO having granted their esteemed patronage of the Malta Biennale, many of Malta and Gozo's UNESCO World Heritage Sites will serve as the remarkable settings for events and exhibitions. 

These include the City of Valetta — capital of Malta, and a UNESCO World Heritage Centre — and the megalithic temples of Ġgantija, Gozo.

Expert's tip: if you love food and prefer to stay in less toursity areas, check out Mġarr.

Discover more: read the Pocket Rough Guide to Malta and Gozo .

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Opening in 2024, the Grand Egyptian Museum serves views of the pyramids of Giza © Shutterstock

Giza, Egypt — visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum 

Some 20 years in the making, excitement is building around the 2024 opening of the new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). Ancient Egypt aficionados should prepare to be well and truly dazzled. 

While you’ll need to stay tuned for the exact launch date, word is you won’t have to wait long. In fact, the GEM is currently offering tours to test the visitor experience ahead of the official opening.

Offering panoramic views of the Pyramids of Giza , at 490,000 square metres, this extraordinary new space will be the biggest archaeological museum in the world.

Inside, 100,000+ Ancient Egyptian artefacts will be displayed, including 5600 glories from King Tutankhamen’s tomb.

With a massive statue of Ramesses the Great set to dominate the atrium, and a sweeping staircase showcasing statues of 80+ pharaohs and Egyptian gods, the GEM is set to be grand in name and experience.

Expert's tip: pretty obvious, but visit the pyramids as early as possible. It really is worth arriving before the bus tour crowds rock up from 10am.

Discover more: browse our Nile Cruise trip for inspiration.

For more inspiration — and to take the hassle out of planning — let us help you with fully customisable itineraries for destinations across the world.

You might also want to arm yourself with  24 life-affirming travel ideas for 2024 , as recommended by Rough Guides’ readers. 

Joanne is a Pembrokeshire-born writer with a passion for the nature, cultures and histories of the Caribbean region, especially Dominica. Also passionate about inspiring a love of adventure in young people, she’s the author of several books for children and young adults, hosts international writing workshops, and has written articles on the Caribbean and inspirational community initiatives for Rough Guides. Follow her @JoanneOwen on Twitter and @joanneowenwrites on Instagram.

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The Best Holiday Destinations for Every Month in 2024

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Welcome to your year of personalised travel, curated by our experts in personalised and tailor-made holidays . From private islands to ancient cities and undiscovered gems, this is our complete guide to the best luxury holiday destinations in the world for 2024.

Whether you wish to escape the cold of winter, need a pick-me-up break in spring, fancy a seriously special summer getaway, or dream of seeing the colourful leaves of autumn in a far-away land – we've handpicked luxury travel experiences for every month of the year.

What's more, as the experts in personalised and tailor-made holidays, we've included our first-hand insights, hotel recommendations, and destination highlights. That way, we can help you pick a holiday that's perfect for you. 

Are your ready to fill your year with unforgettable travel experiences? Find your dream escape in your chosen month and start planning your bucket list holiday of a lifetime!

Top Luxury Destinations for 2024

  • January: Maldives
  • February: Dubai
  • March: South Africa
  • April: Barbados
  • May: Sardinia, Italy
  • June: British Columbia, Canada
  • July: Costa del Sol, Spain
  • August: Crete, Greece
  • September: Galapagos Island, South America
  • October: Japan
  • November: Oman
  • December: New York City, USA

January - Escape to the Maldives

The perfect cure for the winter blues, the Maldives is one of the best holiday destinations for couples looking to escape the cold and grey of the UK after the fun of Christmas is over.

These beautiful islands, rising out of the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean , offer high temperatures, low humidity, and plenty of sunshine at this time of year. They're also home to many a luxury resort, making them ideal for a rejuvenating retreat after the stress of the festive season.

Don't follow in the misguided belief that there is nothing to do in the Maldives, either - you just need to know where to go to find the more unique experiences.

At the Fairmont Maldives , you can dive down to the unique underwater museum and art installation, where coral is being regenerated. Or, stay at Coco Bodu Hithi to head out on a traditional dhoni for a day of fishing, with the chef on-hand to prepare your catch for you evening meal. From outdoor cinemas to underwater spas and stargazing observatories, there's so much to discover. 

“The Maldives is the original 'wow' experience. Every time I fly in over the atolls, I feel as though I've arrived in my special place. While you can relax to your heart's content, you'll be surprised at how many unique experiences there are, too.” – Kelsey, Luxury Travel Specialist

For more ideas on where to go in January, read: ‘ Where is Hot in January? ‘ .

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February - Discover Dubai's deserts

Skip the last, lingering month of winter and jet off to the glamorous city of Dubai — one of the most luxurious holiday destinations in the world.

With almost no rainfall in February and daily highs of 25 degrees, this middle eastern gem is the best holiday destination for sun-soaked beaches, five-star hotels, spectacular shopping, world-class dining and thrilling desert adventures.

While Dubai might be too hot for some during the scorching summer months, temperatures remain cool enough in February to make the most out city's top tourist attractions. Browse authentic souks in the old town, zoom down gravity-defying slides at Aquaventure waterpark, or dine amongst the sand dunes under a canopy of stars.

This year, escape the bustle of the city at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort . While it's just a 45-minute drive from downtown, it's a world away from the metropolis. This retreat on the dunes offers a more authentic taste of the UAE, with daily camel treks, falcon shows and archery lessons. Or, you can simply relax in the dusky desert atmosphere at the rooftop lounge and see the incredible sunset over the sands.

“Dubai really does have its own level of luxury. Beyond the soaring skyscrapers and city lights you'll find the rolling desert dunes - the perfect contrast.” – Peter, Indian Ocean Travel Specialist

To check out other popular places for a holiday in February, read: ‘Where's Hot in February?‘ .

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March - Explore South Africa

One for the bucket list, South Africa is a dynamic holiday destination for 2024, offering everything from adrenaline-fuelled activities to winelands tours and wildlife encounters.

Known as the adventure capital of the world, this exciting country is perfect for outdoor adventures in March when it sees 12 hours of glorious sunshine a day and temperatures hovering around the mid twenties.

Looking to experience everything South Africa has to offer? One of the best way to do so is by embarking on a tailor-made tour.

Covering a number of diverse locations, a two-week itinerary of this kind can see you exploring the picturesque port city of Cape Town , sampling the country's finest wines in the sprawling vineyards of Franschhoek, strolling along scenic paths on South Africa's stunning southeast coast, and tracking safari royalty in one of the country's many game reserves – all on one epic holiday.

Looking to tick South Africa off your bucket list? Embark on a ‘ South African Winelands with Culture & Safari ‘ tailor-made luxury tour.

“This itinerary encapsulates some of the highlights of South Africa, with a mix of culture, wine and gourmet cuisine – plus the opportunity to see the big five of the land and of the sea.” – Cheryl, Africa Travel Specialist

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April - Go Caribbean island-hopping

Catch the end of the Caribbean's dry season in April.

With an daily average temperatures of 30 degrees in April, this is a great month to jet off on a tropical adventure.

Island-hopping is the perfect way to see the more authentic Caribbean. By travelling beyond the main 'gateway' islands, you'll be rewarded with the most beautiful beaches and crystal waters. You'll discover the true meaning of 'Caribbean time', as you totally unwind and soak in your own secluded paradise.

It's good to pair contrasting islands together, making the most of the direct flights to places like Barbados and St Lucia before heading off to the likes of the  British Virgin Islands or the Grenadines . Or, you could even opt for a  cruise aboard one of the more intimate yacht style ships, and relax as the best of the Caribbean comes to you. 

“I have so many tips to share when it comes to Caribbean island-hopping! I'd say two weeks if perfect for up to three islands. Be sure to plan well in advance as the smaller internal flights fill up fast.” – Jackie, Caribbean Travel Specialist

Need more inspiration for your getaway in April? Read: ‘Where's Hot in April? The Best Easter Holiday Destinations' .

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May - Branch out in Italy

May is a superb month to plan in the beautiful holiday destination of Italy. Not only is it the start of the sunshine season, but it's still cool enough to explore on foot with temperatures remaining in the low twenties.

Italy is perhaps one of the most diverse places to travel to. From the mountainous lakes and ski slopes to the rolling hills of Tuscany , ancient cities and rustic beaches, a journey from north to south would reveal myriad experiences. You could go back year after year and always find something new.

If you're looking for beaches, head to Sardinia's Costa Smerelda, sometimes referred to as 'the Seychelles of Europe' for it's breathtaking sands. Visiting in the shoulder months, like May, means avoiding the crowds that the peaks of summer brings. 

Italy is also one of the best holiday destinations for a city break. Jet off in May to Florence , Palermo, Verona, Milan or Venice to see Renaissance marvels rub shoulders with modern day coffee shops and wine bars.

Or, you could escape to the  Italian Lakes . Make the most of the fresh spring air as you walk around the shores, gardens and mountains, stopping to fuel up on the finest of foods.

“Swap your Aperol spritz for a limoncello spritz and experience Italy authentically. If you're in Venice, don't miss dinner in Cip's Club for the best views. Or, for a wow moment in Lake Garda, opt for a helicopter arrival.” – Lucy, Europe Travel Specialist

Discover more place to enjoy a luxury beach holiday in Italy for your spring escape: ‘ Where are the Best Beaches in Italy? ‘.

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June -  Go wild in British Columbia, Canada

Prepare to be humbled by Canada 's vast wilderness…

Picture mirror-surface lakes, sprawling pine forests, formidable mountains, and picturesque towns. Bordering the USA, British Columbia has been rising to the top of many British travellers' bucket lists in recent years – and for good reason!

With a range of awe-inspiring landscapes to explore, there's no better way to see the outstanding natural beauty of British Columbia than on a flexible fly-drive holiday. Hitting the open road means you get to explore several spots at your own pace, admiring the changing scenery as you go.

Discover the vibrant city of Vancouver , before setting off for the sprawling vineyards of Okanagan's Valley. Stop off at the many waterfalls of Wells Grey Provincial Park, drive through the famous Canadian Rockies, and spot black bears around Whistler.

If charming towns are your thing, you'll love wandering around Whistler . Home to the world's longest free-span gondola ride, the town also promises an unforgettable evening adventure at Vallea Lumina – an illuminated night time walk through the forest with interactive viewpoints throughout.

“Lake Louise is also a fantastic trip to do if you simply can't get enough of Canada's epic natural vistas – looking up at the soaring mountains and enormous Glacier is quite spectacular.” – Clare, North America Travel Specialist

Visit all these incredible places and more on this 14-night luxury tailor-made tour: ‘ Discover British Columbia ‘.

Or combine Canada with Alaska for your 2024 holiday and tick both of these unique destinations off your travel bucket list: ‘The Most Amazing Places to Visit in Alaska‘ .

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July - Take a gourmet getaway to San Sebastien, Spain

Steaming pans of paella, crispy patatas bravas, deep and heady red wines… Spain is nothing short of a fantasy for foodies. Still, it’s sometimes overlooked in favour of other European gastronomic hotspots.  

For a fresh helping of Spanish cuisine, follow your tastebuds to San Sebastian in Basque Country. This northern region is packed with culinary excellence, where you can dine on the area’s unique gilda pinxto washed down with a glass of Txokoli, a sparkling dry white wine. It’s main draw, though, is its close proximity to the renowned Rioja region, home to the country’s smooth and oaky flagship red wine 

You can combine your time in San Sebastien with Madrid, a city full of art and culture. Join one of the world-renowned chefs for a traditional cooking class,and learn how to skilfully craft dishes that authentically capture the flavours of Spain. Whether it’s Barcelona, Seville or Granada, each area of Spain has some regional treats on offer – why not head out to discover them?

 "There is so much to Spain beyond the beaches! For example, many people flock to the Costa del Sol without exploring the full treasures of Andalusia - from Malaga to Ronda, Seville and Grenada there is so much culture and history to see." - Alex, Travel Specialist

Taking the whole family with you? Check out ‘ The Best Family Holiday Destinations in Spain ‘.

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August - Try an Athens twin-centre

Greece is the ultimate summer holiday destination, with August temperature averaging at around 30-degrees Celsius - sometimes higher.

But, it's also a great time to visit Athens. Many local people leave the capital for their own beach holidays during this month, so it can be slightly less crowded, meaning you can see the sites a little easier. Combine a couple of nights in the city with a stay at Costa Navarino in Peloponnese , where you'll find some of Greece's most beautiful beaches. Or, combine One&Only Aesthesis, sat just south of Athens, with One&Only Kea Island - the latter being a laidback island retreat just off the coast of the city's coast, opening for 2024. 

“I love everything about the Greek culture and landscape. I’m fascinated by the ancient sites and myths that pepper the land, from the mighty Acropolis to the Minoan Knossos, baked in the endless sunshine..” – Sam, Europe Travel Specialist

Already explored Crete? Read ‘The 5 Best Greek Islands for Families ‘ for similar holiday ideas.

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September - Venture to Australia

When it comes to adventure, there are few more exciting places than Australia .

Head to the southern territory in September and explore the beautiful Murray River region. This area has some stunning walking routes to add to your journey. The Murray River Walk  offers a four-day expedition along creeks, old oxbow lagoons and red gum forests. You'll return each night to your luxury houseboat, where you'll be served a delicious three-course meal.

Or, embark on the 123km Cape-to-Cape walk . On foot, you'll see the stunning headlands, expansive limestone caves and picturesque rock pools.

It's also a great time to explore the Kimberly region. Venture to the El Questro Homestead  in the unspoilt wilderness of Western Australia, where 700,000 acres of wilderness comprises mighty gorges, peaceful waterfalls and sweeping mountains. Combining the authentic outback with luxury accommodation and gourmet cuisine, this is a must-do experience in Australia. 

“Australia isn’t just for bucket lists. It’s easier to get to than many people think and there’s always something different to see. Western Australia holds many gems, from its incredible outback to its fine wines and unique wildlife.” – Ellie, Luxury Travel Specialist

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October - See autumn in Japan

Journey to a land of contrasting cultures and landscapes in October, when Japan 's famous zen gardens put on a vibrant display of red and gold foliage.

With so much to see and do, visiting multiple locations over the course of two weeks or more ensures that you get a strong sense of the country's wonderful diversity.

Start your adventure in Japan's futuristic capital city of Tokyo , where skyscrapers illuminate the sky with gigantic LED screens. Travel to the natural hot springs of Hakone and take in dramatic views of Mount Fuji in the distance. Later, brush shoulders with geishas on the narrow streets of Kyoto , admiring its ancient shrines and traditional teahouses.

October is one of the best time to travel around Japan. The weather remains fair, making it comfortable for sightseeing, while the annual harvest festivals add an extra bit of theatre to the spectacle.

Embark on a ‘ Best of Japan ‘ bespoke luxury tour to experience its fascinating cities, historic sites and temples, and spectacular rural scenery.

“When it comes to somewhere like Japan, never do something just because you think you ‘should’. While the cherry blossom is stunning, it's one of the busiest times with no guarantee of seeing it - autumn is quieter and just as beautiful.” – Nick, Far East & Asia Travel Specialist

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November - Retreat to Oman's mountains

There's nothing quite like seeing the majestic Al Hajar mountain range for the first time, located along the alluring northern coast of Oman .

Oman is something of a hidden gem. It has recently come to the attention of discerning travellers captivated by its cinematic landscapes, unspoilt beaches and rich history (including five UNESCO World Heritage Site landmarks).

Plan your holiday in November to enjoy a comfortable climate and be in with a chance to spot turtles around the Arabian Gulf.

Stay at Six Senses Zighy Bay for a five-star experience of this soul-stirring destination in 2024. Set between the desert mountains and the glistening Arabian Sea, this unique luxury retreat offers a level of service that is so rarely found today.

Sleep in contemporary Omani-style villas with ensuite pools and enjoy exclusive access to the resort's private beach. Be sure to make a reservation at the Sense on the Edge mountaintop restaurant for spectacular high-altitude dining and a nine-course tasting menu that'll take your tastebuds on a journey.

“If you’ve already experienced the glamour of Dubai, turn to its larger and more authentic sibling, Oman. Here, you can head up to the mountains and discover the real and authentic Arabia.” – Sophie, Middle East Travel Specialist

To make the most out of your luxury escape to Oman, read: ‘ Uncover Oman: The Best Attractions & Things to Do ‘.

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December - Go Skiing in Europe

Is there anything more enchanting than skiing at Christmas?

Whether you're a beginner or seasoned on the slopes, there are so many excellent options for a ski holiday in France , Switzerland , Austria  and Andorra , along with Italy's excellent ski resorts . For a challenge, seek out high altitude resorts with swooping black runs. If you'd rather enjoy fun for all ages, chose a ski resorts with extra winter activities, like ice skating or dog sledding, so everyone can join in.

To make your trip even more memorable, add extra experiences to your ski break. Whether it's skijorging across Lake St Moritz, taking a helicopter ride over the Matterhorn or dining on a mountain top in Megève, you personalise your own bespoke ski holiday just to your liking.

“Europe has some fabulous places with experienced ski schools and gentle slopes for first-timers. Beyond the slopes, you can still make the most of the winter wonderland with other activities like dog sledding and exploring alpine villages.” – Eleanor, Ski Travel Specialist

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Where to go in 2024: The 16 best places to travel


This past year has been a time of regeneration, renewal and reckoning for travelers and the travel industry alike.

Travel has certainly resurged since pandemic-related restrictions were lifted ... but it is different from before.

Travelers faced new frustrations, whether it was higher prices, longer wait times or more crowds. Destinations eager to welcome back waves of visitors were confronted with obstacles like unprepared infrastructure, the impact of inflation on local populations and unforeseen environmental calamities. Hotels and airlines continued to struggle with staffing shortages, operational challenges and supply chain issues.

And yet, despite those hurdles, the desire to travel has never shone brighter. Intrepid adventurers journeyed to new (to them) corners of the globe in search of unique experiences. Folks who had perhaps put off a trip or two found reasons to take them. And all of us discovered the joy of reconnecting with loved ones near and far.

As we look ahead to next year, we are excited to share our list of the best places to go in 2024, drawing from our own editorial team's expertise and also that of our outstanding group of contributors from around the world.

We thought long and hard about things like new airline routes , fabulous hotel openings and events set to take the world stage by storm. But at The Points Guy, we also think why we travel is as important as where we travel.

Maybe you want to use your hard-earned points for an over-the-top flight in Singapore Airlines' Suites or just to get the family together at Grandma's house for an overdue visit. Perhaps you want a carefree all-inclusive beach vacation , or to get firsthand insights into a destination at the forefront of sustainability .

From the thrill of Olympic competition in France to the otherworldly landscapes of Bolivia, the wildlife-rich Bissagos Islands of Guinea-Bissau and the exciting design developments taking place in both San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico — whatever your travel goals or preferences, we've got an incredible roster of places just waiting to be explored next year.

Get ready for a few surprises, a dash of inspiration and a healthy helping of wanderlust as we share our most exciting places to travel to in 2024.

— Eric Rosen

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Best for experiencing once-in-a-lifetime events on the world stage

Whether it's high fashion or haute cuisine, France is known for creating creme-de-la-creme experiences. But the sheer number of special events and exciting new developments expected to take place there in 2024 will have even the French exclaiming, "Sacré bleu!"

The marquee happening, of course, will be the 2024 Summer Olympics from July 26-Aug. 11. The opening ceremony will take place along the Seine in the heart of Paris , but showstopping venues will include the magnificent grounds of Versailles for the equestrian events, various stadiums throughout the country, and even French Polynesia for the surfing competition. The stage is set for a truly spectacular set of games.

The Olympics have even displaced the Tour de France from its normal final stage along the Champs-Elysees in Paris. The alternate is, thankfully, a sun-splashed finish line along the Cote d'Azur in Nice . That's within easy driving distance of the relatively new Carlton Cannes , a luxurious reimagining of one of France's most iconic hotels courtesy of IHG. Hilton is also planning a vast French expansion with various branded properties in cities including Cannes, Dijon, Bordeaux and Marseille.

On a more somber note, June 6 will mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, and the region is planning over 100 special events to commemorate this historic event, including a June 1 sound-and-light show using 2,500 drones over the five landing beaches. From March 22-Sept. 22, the region will also host the Normandy Impressionist Festival, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first Impressionist exhibition. Events will include a major show of James Abbott McNeill Whistler at Rouen's Fine Arts Museum, while the Musee d'Orsay in Paris will host the "Paris 1874: The Impressionist Moment" showcase of 130 masterpieces of painting, sculpture, photographs and more.

In the east, Strasbourg will be UNESCO's 2024 World Book Capital, with events organized around various themes like poetry, refuge, debate and more. The Alsatian capital is also home to one of Europe's most charming Christmas markets in the month leading up to the holiday , which is well worth a visit.

Wine lovers should head to Bordeaux for its famous Fete le Vin from June 27-30 to enjoy the region's famous vintages and gourmet delicacies, along with live music and other performances. They can even put their Accor points to use with a stay at a new Philippe Starck-designed, 97-room Mondrian constructed around a historic 19th-century building right in the city center, complete with an expansive open-air terrace. Now that's something worth toasting to.

TPG tip: Hotel reservations around the Olympics can be notoriously hard to confirm and Paris is cracking down on short-term rentals, so if you plan to attend the Games, prepare to pay high prices for an official package ... or take your chances trying to book something at the last minute.

San Diego, California & Tijuana, Mexico

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Best for art and design lovers who appreciate cross-cultural collaborations

In a first, two neighboring cities in two different countries have been designated the World Design Capital for 2024: San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico. The World Design Organization accolade recognizes cities that effectively utilize design to enhance their residents' economic, social, cultural and environmental quality of life. San Diego and Tijuana will celebrate the designation through unique experiences, from events and festivals to exhibitions and summits.

Community events scheduled throughout 2024 include Tijuana's World Design Street Festival (April 28), where travelers can attend concerts, public design workshops, exhibitions and design studio open houses. The Mingei International Museum in San Diego and the Centro Cultural Tijuana will simultaneously host an exhibition called "Frontera," focused on jewelry design. In September, both cities will host an interactive World Design Experience.

Aside from its WDO duties, San Diego has a lot going on. One of the West Coast's largest adaptive reuse projects, the 10-acre, sustainably designed Horton Campus , set for completion at the end of 2023, has transformed a former downtown shopping mall into a chic development with white-and-glass structures, parks, shops and lab space, each with either a green roof or solar panels.

San Diego's white-hot culinary scene continues to heat up, with Valle winning Oceanside's first Michelin star earlier this year. Restaurant openings to look forward to in 2024 include all-day cafe Wildflour from award-winning chef Phillip Esteban, the farm-and-vine-to-table Cellar Hand , and chef Brian Malarkey's highly anticipated French-inspired steakhouse, Le Coq, in the tony coastal enclave of La Jolla.

San Diego's hotel roster is also growing. The new owners of the historic Lafayette Hotel in North Park, which had fallen into disrepair, unveiled a stylish $31 million renovation this summer, and the bucolic Inn at Rancho Santa Fe will celebrate its 100th anniversary following the completion of multimillion-dollar renovations in 2024. The iconic Hotel del Coronado is in the throes of a wholesale revamp. The Beach Village at The Del will unveil a full makeover at the end of 2023, while its Victorian section will be renovated in 2025. A new 39-room boutique hotel in Coronado called The Bower is also slated to debut in fall 2024.

Tijuana got its own new hotel in 2023: Hotel Brecha , a boutique hotel with art-filled walls and nine sleek rooms. Recent bar and restaurant openings across the city's diverse culinary scene include the speakeasy-style Border Saloon and seafood spots Don Vergas Mariscos Tijuana and Don Timon .

TPG tip: Tijuana, which has been sorely lacking in green space, will have a new eco-park by the end of 2024, Parque Esperanto . The 320-acre plot will involve the reforestation of 15,000 trees and feature amenities like an open-air gym, sports fields, zip lines, children's play areas and a bicycle path.

— Devorah Lev-Tov

Assam, India

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Best for lovers of tea and tigers keen to explore one of India's hidden corners

Home to a fascinating blend of Indigenous tribes, awe-inspiring landscapes, traditional mountain villages and UNESCO-inscribed national parks, the eastern Indian region of Assam has cultural and natural wonders just waiting for travelers to explore — without the crowds you might find in better-known South Asian destinations.

The region's main artery, the mighty 1,800-mile-long Brahmaputra River, runs from the Himalayan highlands of Tibet to Assam's wildlife-rich floodplains, bordered by lush, terraced tea plantations, ornate temples and riverside villages.

Even with just a week or 10 days for your journey, you can learn about tea cultivation in Jorhat (Assam produces over 50% of India's famed tea), marvel at imposing Ahom temples in bustling Sivasagar — the sacred former capital of Assam's Ahom kings — and learn about the socially inclusive religion of neo-Vaishnavism on Majuli, one of the world's largest river islands and a haven for birdlife.

Straddling the border with Bhutan, UNESCO-listed Manas National Park is a biodiversity hot spot known for its sightings of buffaloes and rhinoceroses that graze in forests that surround the Manas River. The highlight of any visit, though, is a Jeep safari to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kaziranga, which provides sanctuary to endangered one-horned rhinoceroses, Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, panthers, bears, gaurs (Indian bison) and myriad other species.

Next year, several new cruise itineraries will make the region more accessible to travelers keen to get off the beaten path without sacrificing creature comforts. Banyan Tours will operate four-, seven- and 10-night Assam cruises from Kolkata aboard the luxurious ABN Charaidew II and the more intimate 12-cabin ABN Sukhapa . Both ships feature spacious, beautifully appointed cabins, large sun decks, small spas, a library, gourmet cuisine and onboard naturalists. Guests can spend time in between excursions scouring the waters for species such as the endangered Ganges river dolphin and the smooth-coated otter.

TPG tip : For travelers looking for rare tiger and mammal encounters across several Indian regions, in January, andBeyond will offer a 16-day limited-edition Project Tiger Expedition that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of India's renowned tiger conservation initiative. The itinerary begins in Delhi before visiting three of India's most iconic national parks: Kanha, Kaziranga and Ranthambhore.

— Caroline Lascom

holiday travel 2024

Best for an affordable Mediterranean beach getaway

Turquoise Mediterranean waters lapping beautiful beaches? Check. Picturesque hilltop villages? Check. Forest-covered mountains and mouthwatering food and wine? Check and check. Albania has all the attributes of more popular Southeastern Europe destinations like the Greek islands but without the crowds and the high price tag.

Begin your adventure in Tirana, the capital city, where Brutalist architecture blends with charming, tree-filled neighborhoods. Take a cable car ride up Mount Dajti for panoramic views of the city and stay at the sophisticated Tirana Marriott , though IHG loyalists might want to hold out for the opening of the InterContinental in 2025.

Just an hour southwest from Tirana International Airport (TIA), check in to the newly opened Melia Durres Albania, a luxurious beachfront retreat in a dreamy beach town offering stunning Adriatic Sea views and an opportunity to unwind.

Heading south along the coast, enjoy picturesque beaches while exploring charming towns like Dhermi and Jale, and savor the local cuisine, renowned for its fresh seafood and Mediterranean spices.

Then, immerse yourself in the country's vibrant summer music scene . The weeklong Kala Festival in early June features house, disco, soul and funk music across five intimate stages along the pristine shores of the Ionian Sea.

Back in the hinterlands, you can delight in mouthwatering delicacies at the AgriTourism Huqi farm located a short drive from the capital, like slow-cooked lamb (mish ne pus), and sample a variety of flavorful cow and goat cheeses. Don't forget to try local wines like the tangy white ceruja and full-bodied red kallmet at the family-run Nurellari Winery, less than a half-hour from the 13th-century fort city of Berat.

For an even deeper glimpse of the country's rich heritage and archaeological sites, wander its many ancient settlements, like Butrint, which played host to the Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. Even with all that history, Albania feels exciting and new once again, and you won't have it to yourself for much longer.

TPG tip : Fly into a major European gateway like Frankfurt or Paris and then connect to Tirana via air. From there, book a one-way car rental to the port city of Sarande so that when your time in Albania is over, you can catch a 30-minute ferry to Corfu, Greece, where you have even more history and beaches to explore, and many low-cost flight options to major European airports.

— Matt Moffitt

holiday travel 2024

Best for epic wildlife and sustainable travel

One of the most biodiverse places on Earth, framed by rugged Pacific and Caribbean coastlines and home to magical cloud forests, picture-perfect volcanoes and extraordinary marine reserves, Costa Rica has long captivated wild-at-heart travelers.

An eco-tourism pioneer in the 1990s, and dubbed the "Switzerland of South America" due to its mountainous green landscapes and political stability in a sometimes volatile region, Costa Rica continues to raise the bar with its commitment to environmental protections; over 25% of its land is national parks and reserves.

For travelers looking to combine sustainable outdoor adventures with sumptuous accommodations, 2024 is when it all comes together. A flurry of exciting new hotels are set to debut, including Nekajui, just the sixth of Marriott's ultraexclusive Ritz-Carlton Reserves . Designed with a light environmental footprint on a pristine swath of the Papagayo Peninsula, the 107-key resort takes inspiration from a traditional stone Costa Rican hacienda surrounded by treehouse-style buildings tucked discreetly into steep hillsides.

Nearby, the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Residences Guanacaste will be the brand's first Costa Rican outpost, embodying the "pura vida" lifestyle with a holistic wellness center and cenote-inspired spa. Elsewhere, the Four Seasons Resort Peninsula Papagayo comes back online following a multimillion-dollar renovation with a new beach club and expanded wellness offerings.

For travelers looking for a low-key retreat with easy airport access, as well as proximity to San Jose's cultural attractions, the new Hyatt Centric in Escazu — another brand first for Costa Rica — will offer World of Hyatt loyalists an ideal bookend to a Costa Rica road trip.

The wildlife-rich Osa Peninsula is more accessible (and especially alluring to points enthusiasts) these days thanks to the recent opening of Botanika, part of Hilton's Curio Collection. The eco-chic property places travelers within striking distance of Corcovado National Park, one of the best places on the planet to view sloths, toucans, giant anteaters, howler monkeys and ocelots.

Visit the region from August through December to witness one of the world's greatest natural attractions: humpback whales migrating to Golfo Dulce, one of just four tropical fjords on the planet. The habitat, critical for the survival of the whale species, was awarded Whale Heritage Site status in 2023, one of only eight such sites worldwide.

TPG tip : U.S. airlines are adding new flights to Costa Rica, including Delta Air Lines, which will boost its service from Atlanta with three additional flights per week to both San Jose and Liberia (for Papagayo) from Jan. 13. Flights on the Liberia route are currently available this winter starting at 26,000 Delta SkyMiles or $421 round-trip.

South Korea

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Best for glimpsing the future while exploring the past

The "Korean Wave" — a tide of global popularity the country's cultural economy has created thanks to K-pop music, K-dramas on television and movies — has swept the world in recent years. In fact, youth tour company Contiki has announced the first K-Wave trip to South Korea to showcase local pop culture.

However, South Korea's entertainment culture is just one of a long list of reasons this Asian sensation should be on your 2024 travel list.

Four distinct seasons provide stunning backdrops year-round, so there's no wrong time to visit. Spring brings the magic of Jinhae's cotton candy-pink cherry blossoms while crimson and cadmium foliage frames the historic temples of Naejangsa and Taeansa during fall.

The past and the future intersect in the capital, Seoul, where heritage sites like the 14th-century Jongmyo Shrine coexist with futuristic architecture, including the Zaha Hadid-designed Dongdaemun Design Plaza and the striking Seoul City Hall, with its seven-story vertical garden and prismatic glass facade.

Set to open in late 2024, the Seoul Robot and Artificial Intelligence Museum will showcase science and technology through interactive exhibits featuring AI and virtual reality. Robots aided in the museum's construction and will participate in its day-to-day operations, including welcoming guests and leading tours.

New spaces and exhibitions await visitors at the Busan Museum of Art, which showcases modern Korean artwork. Renovations begin in 2024 and will add high-tech features like evolving 3D projections.

A luxury clifftop island retreat overlooking the East China Sea, the stunning JW Marriott Jeju Resort & Spa, designed by Bill Bensley, debuted in 2023. And though it will be a while, in 2025, the luxury chain Capella Hotels and Resorts is set to open its first Korean property, Capella Yang Yang, near Songjeong Beach in Yangyang, Gangwon Province, where travelers can explore the region's famous pine forests and enjoy its ultrafresh seafood.

TPG tip: Travelers eager to explore South Korea's assorted allures can take advantage of increased airlift from the U.S. United Airlines has upped its frequencies between Incheon International Airport (ICN) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to 12 flights weekly. By the end of 2023, Air Premia will add flights between Seoul and Honolulu, too.

— Kristy Tolley

Eclipse path, United States

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Best for travelers who want to see a rare total solar eclipse in their own backyard

On April 8, some 31.5 million Americans will be able to witness a total solar eclipse from their doorstep when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, completely blocking the sun's face. The heavenly event will cut its way across North America, passing through Texas, the Midwest and some Eastern states. It's a sight you won't want to miss — the next total solar eclipse won't be visible from the contiguous United States for another 20 years.

Parts of San Antonio will experience about two minutes of midday darkness, making it the largest U.S. city along the path of totality. The 15-mile-long San Antonio River Walk is just south of the path, so visitors there will only see a 99% partial eclipse. Nevertheless, many hotels and restaurants are hosting viewing events, including a Solar Brunch at The Moon's Daughters , where guests and locals can see the eclipse unfold from the indoor-outdoor perch on the 20th floor.

An hour northwest of San Antonio, the town of Kerrville, Texas, one of NASA's Primary Eclipse Partners, will have over four minutes of darkness. The Texas Hill Country community's Schreiner University will host a weekendlong festival with celestial yoga, trail walks and observatory tours.

With renowned institutions known for cutting-edge research in space science and technology — and expecting four minutes of totality — Dallas will be one of the best eclipse destinations. At the Perot Museum of Nature and Science , 20 astronomers will answer questions. The city's many hotels, meanwhile, plan to offer stylish viewing, like Virgin Hotels Dallas, which will host a lively rooftop pool party.

This will be Indianapolis' first total solar eclipse in more than 800 years, and the town is going all-out with a citywide party to celebrate its 3 1/2 minutes of totality, including events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (NASA will broadcast live from the venue) and the Indianapolis Zoo.

In Cleveland, another NASA partner city, a natural phenomenon known as a lake effect (where cool air blows away clouds from the shoreline of Lake Erie) will allow visitors to view the eclipse for nearly four minutes. Downtown, The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland is offering a solar eclipse package with club-level accommodations for two and celestial-themed cocktails. The Great Lakes Science Center and NASA's Glenn Research Center are hosting Total Eclipse Fest from April 6-8, with science activities for kids and a classical music concert.

Buffalo will experience just under four minutes of totality, with the best vantage points found inside Niagara Falls State Park, while the Sheraton Niagara Falls is offering a two-night package , including eclipse viewing glasses and breakfast.

In Vermont, Stowe Mountain Resort will whisk skiers and snowboarders via gondola to the top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, for high-altitude views during the nearly three minutes of totality the town is set to experience.

TPG tip: Holland America has put together a 22-day Solar Eclipse cruise , where guests will depart from San Diego and experience the eclipse off the coast of Mexico.

— Casey Hatfield-Chiotti

Bissagos Islands, Guinea-Bissau

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Best for intrepid naturalists seeking an under-the-radar destination

Sandwiched between Guinea and Senegal, Guinea-Bissau is one of West Africa's lesser-visited destinations, but that's what has helped keep the 88-island Bissagos archipelago 31 miles off its coast so untouched.

This astonishingly wildlife-rich island chain — often dubbed the Galapagos of Africa — is an idyll of empty white-sand beaches, thick mangroves, teeming lagoons and dense palm and cashew forests. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, the Bijagos (as they're also known) are home to thriving populations of saltwater hippopotamuses, manatees, dolphins, green sea turtles, flamingos, rays, sharks and around 175 fish and 500-plus bird species.

And you won't be vying for sightings with other safari vehicles or Zodiac boats. These paradisiacal islets are home to just 33,000 or so residents who hew to their traditional matriarchal society, and there are no formal resorts or ecolodges.

The archipelago has also been quite difficult to reach. However, a handful of luxury and small-ship cruises have begun to call at the islands. Ponant Cruises has just opened sales for its first dedicated nine-day "Adventure in the Bissagos Islands" itinerary (April 7-15, 2025) on Le Lyrial, which starts and ends in Dakar, Senegal. During the journey, guests can expect to spy towering baobabs and flocks of migratory birds, playful vervet monkeys and vividly colored lizards, and take part in ancient ceremonies alongside the Bijago people.

On board MS Spitsbergen, Hurtigruten now offers a 14-day "West Africa Archipelago" cruise (paired with Cape Verde), which includes four days of deploying small rigid inflatable boats and sea kayaks to navigate the islands and channels for awe-inspiring wildlife sightings. The line also arranges encounters with the islanders, who have acted as custodians of this wonderfully biodiverse and pristine part of Africa, and who dedicate some 100 days per year to sacred rites and ceremonies such as fanado and difuntu .

Swan Hellenic's Ghana-to-Senegal "Crucibles of West Africa" trip, on the new 152-guest SH Vega, has two days scheduled in this off-the-grid sanctuary, where shore excursions include explorations of Orango National Park's mangrove thickets and savannah as well as trekking through traditional villages on Canhabaque.

As with many of the world's island paradises, the clock is likely ticking down on the Bissagos remaining immaculate and undeveloped, so if you hope to see them as they are, 2024 is the year to go.

TPG tip: Non-cruisers can visit the islands by first flying into the capital, Bissau, from Lisbon with TAP Air Portugal. Alternatively, Delta Air Lines has daily direct flights from New York to Dakar, from which there are daily connections on Air Senegal to Bissau. From Bissau, hire a speedboat for the hourlong journey to Bubaque, where the affordable Saldomar guesthouse and Hotel Kasa Afrikana make great home bases for daytrips to islands like Rubane, Orango and Canhabaque.

— Kathryn Romeyn

Quebec, Canada

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Best for pristine landscapes and rich Indigenous cultures

Quebec has long attracted travelers with its cosmopolitan towns , distinctly French flair and untouched wilderness. Thanks to a bold commitment to supporting Indigenous tourism, in 2024, the Canadian province will also provide new and meaningful ways to experience its natural beauty, its people and its culture.

Travelers can take in the aurora borealis while learning about Inuit traditions in Quebec's Arctic region of Nunavik, scan for beluga and blue whales with an Innu guide in Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, or forage for mushrooms and berries in the Laurentian mountain range. Across Quebec, there are now abundant opportunities to delve deeper into the ancestral traditions of the area's First Nations, Innuit and Metis people.

The recent addition of Anticosti Island to Canada's cache of UNESCO-protected heritage sites will draw wilderness seekers to its otherworldly canyons, primordial forests and cascading waterfalls. The island's 1,440 known fossil species offer the most "complete and best preserved paleontological record of the first mass extinction of animal life, 447-437 million years ago," according to UNESCO, providing a unique window into our planet's past.

For urbanites, Quebec City's lamplit, cobblestone streets have never been a hard sell for a weekend getaway, but now there are even more reasons to linger. Join one of Cicerone 's locally led walking tours, shop for regional artworks along Rue du Tresor, see Inuit art at the Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec (a new exhibit starts in February) and then dine on inventive boreal cuisine at Indigenous-owned restaurant Sagamite, whose owners have added two boutique hotels to their portfolio and will open a new microbrewery in 2024.

Head just outside the city's 400-year-old walls to Canada's only recognized Huron-Wendat community. Here, the superb First Nations-owned Hotel-Musee Premieres Nations was recently revamped with luxe suites and rooms appointed with Indigenous artworks and textiles with First Nations motifs. The hotel's restaurant, La Traite, helmed by much-lauded chef Marc de Passorio, provides a magical initiation into ancestral flavors with standout dishes like local tomatoes with sage and Quebec buffalo mozzarella and hearty bison medallions with beet puree and thyme juice.

TPG tip : Bookend your trip with a stay in Montreal , where the hotel scene is buzzing. There's the new art deco-inspired Honeyrose Hotel, Montreal, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, where Marriott points will come in handy, and the iconic Vogue Hotel Montreal Downtown, an elegant retreat on Montreal's Golden Square Mile which has been revamped and is now part of Hilton's Curio Collection.

Queensland, Australia

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Best for travelers Down Under looking for the right mix of urban and wildlife adventures

Best known for one of Earth's natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef , there's a lot more to this northeastern Australian state (though a visit to the reef is still top of the list while you still can — climate change and other factors are having increasingly adverse effects on much of the aquatic ecosystem).

In the capital, Brisbane , once-gritty environs like Howard Smith Wharves have been revitalized with trendy bars and restaurants. However, one of the biggest redevelopments is still on the horizon. The $2.6 billion Queen's Wharf precinct is nearing completion on 30 acres of prime riverfront land with not one but three hotels planned, plus over 50 dining and drinking venues, a huge footprint for retail and tons of outdoor spaces like a 100-meter-high sky deck with 360-degree views. In October, the city will also host the first annual Melt Open festival celebrating queer art and culture.

Down south in the blingy surfer haven of Gold Coast, travelers will be able to check in to a sleek new twin-towered Mondrian hotel and residences, while north along the Sunshine Coast, the tourism industry is taking the lead in regenerating bush once used for cattle grazing with native subtropical rainforest, which visitors can enjoy by staying at the avant-garde new Kurui Cabin at the base of the Cooroy Mountains.

In an effort to cultivate Indigenous-owned and -operated tourism businesses, the state has already invested 7 million Australian dollars in the Growing Indigenous Tourism in Queensland Fund. What's more, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fraser Island — the world's largest sand island and a habitat for diverse wildlife where you can also swim with migrating humpback whales — has officially reverted to its traditional Butchulla name, K'gari.

Speaking of islands, luxury travelers can have an entire one to themselves along the Great Barrier Reef thanks to the November opening of Pelorus Private Island in the Great Palm archipelago off the Townsville coast. The nearly 1,000-acre paradise has just a single four-suite residence designed in a traditional, breezy Queenslander style, where guests can customize their entire experience from days out yachting between islands or exploring the island's teeming fringe reefs to enjoying leisurely meals prepared by a private chef.

TPG tip: It's getting even easier to travel from the U.S. directly to Queensland since United increased its frequencies between San Francisco and Brisbane from three times per week to daily in October and will launch three weekly nonstops between Los Angeles and Brisbane in December.

Train travel

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Best for high-velocity thrills or romantics looking to slow things down

Trains revolutionized travel in the 19th century, but 2024 might just be a rail renaissance thanks to new, thrilling high-speed routes, plush overnight sleepers and lavish itineraries on par with the world's best hotels.

Global developments in high-speed rail are coming to a pitch, with various highly anticipated routes finally entering operation. In Florida, the long-awaited Brightline has opened up an efficient new corridor between two major U.S. cities that are favorites with tourists. The service, which tops out at 125 miles per hour, connects Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Miami in just three hours (with 15 daily departures) and also courses between Miami and West Palm Beach via Aventura and Fort Lauderdale.

In Europe from late 2024, the ultraquiet Frecciarossa train will zip from Paris to Barcelona in just seven hours, shaving two hours from current travel times. In time for the Summer Olympics , Spanish rail company Renfe also plans to extend its daily Madrid-Marseille service through to Paris.

If you're craving tropical surroundings, Belmond's Eastern & Oriental Express returns to Southeast Asia in February after a pandemic hiatus. The restyled trains feature eight sleeper cars, two restaurant cars, a piano bar and an open-air observation car. The three-night "Essence of Malaysia" itinerary will operate from November to February from Singapore to Penang, with stops in Kuala Lumpur and the island of Langkawi (via private boat). Operating from March to May and August to October, the "Wild Malaysia" experience steams from Singapore along the eastern side of the Malay Peninsula, with stops to spot wildlife at Taman Negara National Park and Penang before returning to Singapore.

Later in 2024, Orient Express will debut its opulent La Dolce Vita trains with lavish art deco cabins, haute cuisine and world-class bartending. The eight itineraries span one to two nights and include a Sicilian service starting and ending in Palermo via Agrigento and Taormina with a whiz-by of Mount Etna. Other standout itineraries include from Rome to Sicily (via a ferry) and a romantic circular route from Rome to Venice with a stop at Siena.

Finally, Europe continues its relative boom in new sleeper train services . Leading the way is Nightjet, which already connects major cities like Paris, Amsterdam and Zurich. In 2024, the Austrian train operator will expand its Belgian routes from Brussels to Dresden and Prague. Additionally, Deutsche Bahn and SNCF will introduce a high-speed seven-hour service between Paris and Berlin, including stops in Strasbourg on the night route.

TPG tip: Use a Eurail pass (from $208) to explore multiple European countries using rail operators like Deutsche Bahn, SNCF and Trenitalia. Note that high-speed or sleeper options like Nightjet and Eurostar have extra reservation fees (typically $10-$20), but it's still much cheaper than buying individual tickets.

— Jordan Waller

holiday travel 2024

Best for beach and nature lovers who want to avoid crowds

Many travelers make the trek to South Africa for its spectacular wildlife and vibrant cities, but few hop across the border to Mozambique. Though the country has experienced ongoing conflicts in the far north, the central and southern parts remain relatively insulated from internal struggles.

Getting there is easier than you might think, too — Airlink offers direct flights to Vilankulos along the coast from Johannesburg , and more recently, the airline launched a nonstop flight between Cape Town and the capital, Maputo. While some travelers tend to skip the city, if you do make use of that route, consider a layover for a night or two. Maputo is a hub of activity with oceanside restaurants serving ultrafresh seafood with icy 2M beers and bakeries proffering crispy, creamy pasteis de nata, a holdover from Portuguese rule. The city's music scene is also buzzing, with bars and clubs playing everything from reggaeton to marrabenta (a hybrid of Mozambican dance with Portuguese folk music).

The main reason people come to the country is for the untouched Indian Ocean beaches along its 1,700-mile coast, which are lapped by aquamarine waters that rival the Caribbean. Over the past few years, a cluster of hotels have opened along the coast, including Kisawa, a design-focused property with 11 villas on a 740-acre sanctuary on Benguerra Island in the ecodiverse Bazaruto Archipelago.

Around two hours from Vilankulos on the mainland and set on a peninsula along a sheltered saltwater lagoon, Sussurro is an intimate pared-back lodge whose sandy-hued rooms are filled with artisan-made baskets and wooden furniture. Next year, Banyan Tree is expected to open Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira, which promises to be an uberluxury spot, on a private island north of Beira.

For safarigoers, Gorongosa, a national park that has been undergoing a two-decade-long rehabilitation, has become a beacon of regeneration and economic activity in an area where tourism was entirely decimated by civil war. This year, Muzimu Lodge, a tent camp, opened on the banks of the Mussicadzi River. Wildlife is not as abundant as in nearby Kruger National Park (though you can expect to see huge packs of wild dogs and teeming herds of antelope), but the biodiversity is some of the richest in the world, with nearly 500 species of birds. Indelible landscapes like chalky limestone gorges dotted with vegetation and inky caves, woodland savannah and giant "Jurassic Park"-like forests with sausage trees and native Borassus palms will leave you awestruck.

TPG tip : Ensure you allow ample time for your visa application. The process has moved online, which makes it infinitely swifter than previously, but the application time can still take up to a month and costs $160 or more depending on the type you apply for.

— Mary Holland

Note from TPG editors : Due to an ongoing terrorist insurgency in the far north of Mozambique, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 2 warning advising travelers to exercise increased caution when traveling in the Cabo Delgado province. The country also recently experienced some unrest following local elections, so be sure to investigate the current situation before booking a trip.

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Best for food lovers and thrillseekers looking for something out of this world

Arriving in Bolivia can feel like you've landed on the moon. Have you seen the magnificent Salar de Uyuni? It's a vast salt pan with 3,900 square miles of desertlike cracked earth punctuated by cactus-covered rock piles. Though this parched corner of the earth draws visitors from around the globe, high-end accommodations have been lacking, but that's been changing quickly. In 2022, the Chilean hospitality brand Explora unveiled an intimate six-room mountain lodge set in a slick, glass-fronted building with snug, wood-lined rooms overlooking the flats.

Guests can partake in excursions, but the property also forms part of a greater six-night odyssey: a nomadic expedition where guests journey from Chile's Atacama Desert to Salar de Uyuni, stopping off at Explora's other "Mountain Lodges" along the way. Loads of thrilling activities are on offer, such as biking explorations across the Salar, through quinoa fields and beyond, as well as hikes across the largest islands and up into a village to see ancient Andean burial sites.

Whether you decide to begin your journey in the Atacama or Uyuni, don't miss Bolivia's capital La Paz, which sits in a bowl at a (literally) dizzyingly high elevation of 11,975 feet. The city's restaurant scene is arguably one of the most exciting in South America. Make a reservation at Gustu and enjoy a multicourse extravaganza of local delights including alligator and creamy aged corn. Hailed as one of Latin America's best restaurants, it was founded by Noma's Claus Meyer and is now helmed by chef Marsia Taha Mohamed. Also snag a table at Ancestral, where chef Mauricio Lopez (former head chef of Gustu) roasts vegetables and osso buco over an open flame, served alongside Bolivian wines.

The same team that opened the design-driven Atix Hotel (long a favorite among international visitors) unveiled the new Met Hotel last year in a soaring charcoal building with traditional Bolivian arts and crafts highlighted throughout its interior spaces. If you're traveling after July 2024, be sure to check out Altu Qala, a hotel set in a restored neoclassical building with wood-paneled walls and handmade cabinets in upcycled wood. The owner is also behind The Writer's Coffee, a cafe serving artisanal brews in the city, perfect for combating altitude fatigue.

Finally, for the best views of La Paz, take a trip on Mi Teleferico, the cable car transit system that's been expanding its network with various routes and now has 30 stations and 10 lines. Climb into the plastic bubbles, filled with locals whizzing across the city, and head up to El Alto, which sits at a staggering 13,325 feet.

TPG tip: If you really want to soak up the food and wine scene in La Paz, add in an extra few days to acclimatize. It's the highest capital in the world (11,975 feet) and altitude sickness is a high probability, so whizzing in and out is not recommended.

Bali, Indonesia

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Best for sustainability searchers who also crave cultural connection

Bali is an island of contradictions. It's home to a majority Hindu population but part of predominantly Muslim Indonesia. Visitors in the millions come both to sunbathe and party on its beaches while also seeking spiritual awakenings through wellness retreats. After decades of overtourism, Bali is also pioneering responsible, lower-impact ways for visitors to enjoy its natural wonders and renowned hospitality.

In 2024, the government will levy a $10-per-person fee on international tourists that will directly fund cultural and environmental protection, such as waste management. It's an incremental but important step toward becoming a more sustainable destination.

Luxury resorts are also leaning into the trend. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay recently debuted Telu, a bar constructed entirely of upcycled materials that serves cocktails made with sustainable ingredients. In early 2024, Ayana Estate will open Museum Saka, a breathtaking 50,000-square-foot gallery showcasing the work of Balinese artists, historians and scholars, all of which is meant to bestow guests with a deeper understanding of the community's vibrant heritage.

At Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape , about an hour from Ubud, chef Eka Sunarya began experimenting with hypercreative and ultralocally sourced menus. He has since decamped to nearby Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve , where he continues to highlight seasonal Balinese cuisine with a no-waste philosophy.

Seminyak's Desa Potato Head — with its beach club and pair of striking, sustainably designed hotels that all together send just 3% of their waste to landfill — continues to be a regenerative tourism pioneer. In 2024, the resort is opening an ambitious Collective Waste Centre that will radically reduce landfill waste from eight nearby resorts, beach clubs and restaurants through high-efficiency sorting, processing and reuse practices.

A slew of exciting all-new hotels beckons design lovers and wellness seekers to Bali, too. Part of Hilton's LXR Resorts & Hotels, Umana Bali is expected to open in November 2023, a brand first in Southeast Asia. Guests will enjoy not only epic vistas from its 72 clifftop pool villas but also next-level cultural programming emphasizing legacy crafts and spa treatments utilizing ancient healing techniques.

Expected to debut in spring 2024, IHG's Regent Canggu will feature 150 suites and villas in one of Bali's hottest beach locales. Architecture by WATG and interior design by HBA will blend contemporary Indonesian fashion and cultural influences with traditional design motifs. Slated for late 2024, Kimpton Naranta Bali will bring boutique vibes to the Nusa Dua resort scene in the reimagined former Amanusa resort, designed by Kerry Hill.

TPG tip: Some of Bali's best points hotels offer deep cultural dives into Balinese village life. At Alila Manggis (from 3,500 World of Hyatt points per night), guests can take part in water purification rituals, visit the Indigenous Bali Aga tribe and trek to the "Gateway to Heaven" temple. At The Laguna, part of Marriott's Luxury Collection (from 33,000 Bonvoy points per night), exclusive experiences include lunch with the seventh generation of Kerambitan's royal family.

Cairo, Egypt

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Best for ancient treasures in a modern metropolis

Few destinations offer the same look at the mysteries of the past quite like Cairo. While this desert city has long been a magnet for those intrigued by the wonders of ancient Egypt and its former rulers, new attractions and highly anticipated hotel openings will draw even more travelers to this bucket list destination in 2024.

With that in mind, Cairo's most exciting addition will be the long-awaited reopening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, which, after years of delays , is on track to welcome visitors by early 2024. A colossal project that began more than 20 years ago, this massive repository — the largest archaeological museum ever built — will house over 100,000 Egyptian artifacts, including 5,000 relics found in famous pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb.

Recently discovered artifacts from the Saqqara — an expansive necropolis located within Egypt's UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient capital of Memphis — are also expected to be added to the museum's collection in due course. The treasures include multiple tombs, ancient workshops and burial shafts full of priceless antiquities, such as a mummy believed to be the most complete one ever found in Egypt.

To accommodate the influx of tourists expected in 2024, Cairo's hotel scene is rapidly expanding, too. Among the new properties currently in the pipeline are points-friendly accommodations like a Hyatt Centric, a Hilton and a Waldorf Astoria, plus the luxurious rebranding of the historic Shepheard Hotel into the Mandarin Oriental Shepheard, Cairo.

Unsurprisingly, Cairo's prime position on the Nile and proximity to other historic destinations also make it an excellent place to embark on a river cruise , especially in 2024. Several top river cruise lines offer itineraries that start or end in the city, making it possible to tack on visits to other ancient sites like Luxor and Aswan, Egypt. New standout ships to consider include Viking Aton (the fourth of six ships Viking expects to be sailing the Nile by late 2025) and AmaLilia (AmaWaterways' second ship devoted to Nile River cruises).

TPG tip: It should become easier than ever to reach this historic metropolis thanks to more nonstop routes from the U.S. to Cairo in the works. In addition to adding new nonstop flights from Newark to Cairo this past summer, Egyptair has filed a request with the Department of Transportation to launch service between Los Angeles and Cairo in the coming months. If approved, service on the Star Alliance carrier would give visitors yet another convenient way to reach the ancient city.

— Christine Gallipeau

Note from TPG editors : We want to acknowledge that all eyes will be on the widening conflict in the region as we end 2023 and look ahead to next year. Before planning your own trip to Egypt, stay up to date on State Department advisories , current events and the unfolding situation in neighboring Israel and beyond .

The Bahamas

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Best for rediscovering paradise right on our doorstep

Dazzling white- and pink-sand beaches; calm, clear seas shaded in myriad hues of blue; and easy access from various U.S. hubs have long made the Bahamas a top tourist destination. Expect 2024 to be an extra-buzzy year for this Caribbean nation, though, thanks to new hotels, exciting cruises and more flights from major airlines.

Goldwynn Resort & Residences on Nassau's famous Cable Beach was 2023's big hotel debut, offering 81 studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites just a short drive from the airport so visitors could be on the beach within an hour of landing. Set to open mid 2025, the ultraluxurious Montage Cay will occupy a 48-acre private island in the Abacos. The $352 million project will feature 50 oceanfront suites with private plunge pools and outdoor showers. The property will also comprise villa residences and a 47-slip marina for private yachts.

The Bahamas are drawing even more interest from major cruise lines, too. Norwegian Cruise Line christened its exciting Norwegian Viva megaship with a short cruise to its Bahamian private island, Great Stirrup Cay, in November 2023. The line's second Prima Class vessel, Viva, boasts the "fastest slides at sea," a three-level go-kart racetrack and millions of dollars of art on board. Royal Caribbean's new Oasis Class ship, Utopia of the Seas , is also set to start sailing short new cruises focusing on the Bahamas in 2024.

Cruise lines are adding new private-island experiences, too. Slated to open in summer 2024, Disney's Lighthouse Point in Eleuthera will offer amenities ranging from an adults-only beach to a family water play area and food hall-style dining. The destination is being designed with the environment in mind, too — about 90% of its electricity will be provided via solar panels.

TPG tip : Getting from the U.S. to the Bahamas will be easier than ever in 2024, especially from the West Coast. Alaska Airlines is adding seasonal nonstop flights from both Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) four times weekly and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) three times weekly to Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS). The services will run from Dec. 15, 2023, to April 9, 2024. JetBlue is launching its own new flight between Nassau and Los Angeles beginning in November 2023 that will fly once per week on Saturdays. Delta debuted a new nonstop from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Nassau this fall as well.

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After a long pandemic-induced pause, 2023 proved to be a banner year for travel. Americans in particular traveled in droves, checking domestic and international destinations off their bucket lists in unprecedented numbers.

The coming year is projected to bring more of the same, and AAA travel partners are gearing up with vacation packages to match every preference and budget. In this article, we’ll take a look at 6 distinctive destinations that will see huge demand in 2024—as well as expert tips from AAA Travel Advisors on when to go and how to enjoy the very best of each experience.


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Incredible scenery, Native American culture, and fresh regional cuisine are just a few of the highlights awaiting travelers aboard the Rocky Mountaineer’s First Passage to the West , a luxury train route from vibrant Vancouver to breathtaking Banff National Park.

  • Perfect for: Ultimate luxury seekers who prefer to experience untamed wilderness through a panoramic, glass-domed roof.
  • Best time to go: Late spring through early summer, when thawing mountain glaciers feed cascading waterfalls, wildflowers, and scores of wildlife.

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2. AUTHENTIC SAFARI LUXURY IN SOUTH AFRICA Cultural immersion meets unparalleled service in AAA’s long list of expert-guided South Africa Safari Vacations . It’s your chance to tour iconic cities, wildlife preserves, famed South African wineries, and other spectacular spots—in comfort and style.

  • Perfect for: Upscale outdoorsy types who expect world-class cuisine and modern-eclectic accommodations after a long day of exploration.
  • Best time to go: Cooler temps in May through September are ideal for observing big game in their natural habitat.

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3. COASTAL AUSTRALIA’S FRIENDLIEST PORTS Few places capture the imagination like Australia, but the continent’s incredible size can make for a daunting itinerary. Fortunately, AAA cruise partners remove the guesswork with coast-hugging Australia routes from Sydney to Fremantle and all points between.

  • Perfect for: Wandering spirits whose ideal walkabout includes stops at culturally diverse ports and attractions.
  • Best time to go: During the September – November and March – May shoulder seasons. There’s still plenty of sunshine—and much smaller crowds.

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4. ENCHANTING RHINE RIVER CRUISES River cruises are the perfect way to glimpse storied European destinations. Passengers aboard the Enchanting Rhine from AMAWaterways traverse more than 500 miles from Switzerland to Amsterdam, passing charming villages and hilltop castles along the way.

  • Perfect for: Globe-trotters who crave a bird’s eye view of European life, history, and culture.
  • Best time to go: Summertime offers peak river scenery, but the spring and fall shoulder seasons typically bring lower prices and smaller crowds.

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5. HAWAIIAN ISLAND-HOPPING BY AIR Hawaii’s most popular destinations—Big Island, Kauai, Oahu, and Maui—offer something distinctive for vacationers of every kind. But why choose just one slice of paradise, when you can enjoy an island-hopping adventure with AAA regional airline partners?

  • Perfect for: Cosmopolitan travelers, outdoor adventurers, self-proclaimed beach bums, and every Hawaii lover in between.
  • Best time to go: There’s no wrong time to visit, but inter-Hawaii flights are generally more affordable in the spring and fall.

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6. ITALY’S BEST-KEPT SECRETS UNVEILED Rome wasn’t built in a day, but thanks to the Ultimate Italy Guided Tour from AAA , you can experience all its natural and man-made wonders before jet-setting off to other exquisite Italian destinations like the Vatican, Pompeii, Capri, Florence, and Venice.

  • Perfect for: Anyone whose dream vacation includes culture, shopping, scenery, and nightlife—plus absolutely life-changing cuisine.
  • Best time to go : Perks to visiting in the peak months of May, June, September, and October include perfect weather and an endless calendar of tourist-friendly events and attractions.
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Nearly 71 Million People Expected to Travel over July 4th Week

This year’s extended independence day forecast exceeds pre-pandemic numbers, sets new record.

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WASHINGTON, DC (June 20, 2024) – AAA projects 70.9 million travelers will head 50 miles or more from home over the Independence Day holiday travel period*. For the first time, AAA looked at the entire July 4 th week, plus the Saturday before and the Sunday after the holiday. This year’s projected number of travelers for that time period is a 5% increase compared to 2023 and an 8% increase over 2019.

“With summer vacations in full swing and the flexibility of remote work, more Americans are taking extended trips around Independence Day,” said Paula Twidale, Senior Vice President of AAA Travel. “We anticipate this July 4 th week will be the busiest ever with an additional 5.7 million people traveling compared to 2019.”   

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AAA projects a record 60.6 million people will travel by car over Independence Day week – that’s an additional 2.8 million travelers compared to last year. This year’s number also surpasses 2019 when 55.3 million people traveled by car over July 4 th week. AAA car rental partner Hertz says Dallas, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are the cities displaying the highest rental demand during the holiday week. The busiest pick-up days are projected to be Friday, June 28, Saturday, June 29, and Wednesday, July 3.   

Gas prices are lower than last year when the national average was $3.53. Pump prices will likely continue going down leading up to Independence Day.  At that point, they will likely level off and remain relatively stable until after Labor Day, similar to last year.  An important caveat is hurricane season – underway now – which could affect gas prices should a storm negatively impact Gulf Coast oil production and refining centers.  

The number of air travelers is also expected to set a new record. AAA projects 5.74 million people will fly to their July 4 th destinations. That’s an increase of nearly 7% compared to last year and a 12% increase over 2019. AAA booking data shows domestic airfare is 2% cheaper this Independence Day week compared to last year, and the average price for a domestic roundtrip ticket is $800. Airports will be packed throughout the week. AAA recommends arriving 2 hours early, reserving parking ahead of time, and traveling with carry-on luggage versus checked bags to save time and money.   

More than 4.6 million people are expected to travel by other modes of transportation, including buses, cruises, and trains. This category is seeing an increase of 9% compared to last year, but this year’s number is shy of 2019’s figure of 4.79 million. Cruising continues its remarkable post-pandemic comeback. This time of year, Alaska cruises are in high demand, making Seattle and Anchorage top domestic destinations. Cruise travelers are also finding deals this summer. With new ships coming onto the market – and going for a premium – some cruise lines have been offering targeted discounts to fill older inventory for remaining cabins.  

Best/Worst Times to Drive and Peak Congestion by Metro 

INRIX , a provider of transportation data and insights, says the worst times to travel by car before and on July 4 th are between 2pm and 7pm. Drivers should hit the road in the morning, and travelers returning on Monday, July 8 th should avoid rush hour traffic in the morning and afternoon.  

“Drivers in large metro areas can expect the worst traffic delays on Wednesday, July 3 rd , as they leave town, and Sunday, July 7th, as they return,” said Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at INRIX. “R oad trips over the holiday week could take up to 67% longer than normal. Travelers should monitor 511 services, local news stations, and traffic apps for up-to-the-minute road conditions.”  

Please note that the times listed below are for the time zone in which the metro is located.   

For example, Atlanta routes = ET and Los Angeles routes = PT.  

Source: INRIX  

  Top Destinations 

This July 4 th week, travelers are cooling off in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska – and by the ocean! Seattle, Vancouver, and Anchorage are top destinations because of the popularity of Alaska cruises this time of year. Beaches in South Florida, Honolulu, Punta Cana, and Barcelona are in high demand. Historical sites in European cities like London, Rome, Dublin, Paris, and Athens are also popular. The top 10 domestic and international destinations below are based on AAA booking data.  

Family Road Trip Checklist    

With road trips expected to set a new record this July 4 th week, AAA teamed up with Chicco to share safety tips for families with young children.  

  • Check car seat fit. Before you hit the road, check your child’s weight and height to ensure they’re in the right seat and mode of use – especially when it comes to transitioning from rear to forward-facing. Children should remain rear-facing as long as possible for better protection of their head, neck, and spine in the event of a crash. If you are unsure which car seat is best for your child, Chicco offers a car seat comparison guide.    
  • Double check car seat installation. Even if your car seat is already installed in the car, it’s worth checking everything is safe and secure. An easy at-home way to do this is with the “inch test.” Simply grab the seat at the car seat belt path and pull side to side and front to back. If it moves more than one inch in any direction, uninstall and start over until a secure fit is achieved. For any questions, utilize the car seat manual, QR codes, or online resources like those offered by Chicco.    
  • Secure loose items in the car. Take time to organize and clean up your car before hitting the road. Storage organizers that secure to the back of the driver and passenger seats are simple solutions to make sure everything has a spot, especially loose items that can become projectiles in case of a sudden stop.  
  • Be prepared for the unexpected. Pack an emergency kit with first-aid supplies, water, snacks, blankets, jumper cables, and flares. Make sure your phone is fully charged – and keep a charger in the car – to call AAA or request roadside assistance digitally if your battery dies, you lock yourself out, or you need a tow.   
  • Map your route. Families with young children should plan for frequent and longer stops along the way. Map out your route ahead of time with AAA TripTik and browse hotels, restaurants, and other activities along the way on AAA Trip Canvas.  
  • Bring entertainment. Make sure to place toys and books within reach to keep children entertained. If your kids use tablets or other electronics, make sure the devices are fully charged and pre-downloaded before leaving home. Another fun way to get the whole family excited for the road trip is to create a family playlist of everyone’s favorite songs!   

Holiday Forecast Methodology   

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In cooperation with AAA, S&P Global Market Intelligence (SPGMI) developed a unique methodology to forecast actual domestic travel volumes. The economic variables used to forecast travel for the current holiday are leveraged from SPGMI’s proprietary databases. These data include macroeconomic drivers such as employment, output, household net worth, asset prices, including stock indices, interest rates, housing market indicators, and variables related to travel and tourism, including gasoline prices, airline travel, and hotel stays. AAA and SPGMI have quantified holiday travel volumes going back to 2000.   

Historical travel volume estimates come from DK SHIFFLET’s TRAVEL PERFORMANCE/Monitor SM . The PERFORMANCE/Monitor SM is a comprehensive study measuring the travel behavior of U.S. residents. DK SHIFFLET contacts over 50,000 U.S. households each month to obtain detailed travel data, resulting in the unique ability to estimate visitor volume and spending, identify trends, and forecast U.S. travel behavior, all after the trips have been taken.  

The travel forecast is reported in person-trips. In particular, AAA and SPGMI forecast the total U.S. holiday travel volume and expected mode of transportation. The travel forecast presented in this report was prepared the week of May 27, 2024.   

Because AAA forecasts focus on domestic leisure travel only, comparisons to TSA passenger screening numbers should not be made. TSA data includes all passengers traveling on both domestic and international routes. Additionally, TSA screens passengers each time they enter secured areas of the airport, therefore each one-way trip is counted as a passenger tally. AAA focuses on person-trips, which include the full round-trip travel itinerary. As a result, direct comparisons of AAA forecast volumes and daily TSA screenings represent different factors.  

*Independence Day Holiday Travel Period   

For this forecast, the Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as the nine-day period from Saturday, June 29 to Sunday, July 7. Historically, the Independence Day holiday period included only one weekend. This is the first year the Independence Day holiday travel period is a longer timeframe with two weekends included.  

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About S&P Global   S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI) provides essential intelligence. We enable governments, businesses, and individuals with the right data, expertise, and connected technology so that they can make decisions with conviction. From helping our customers assess new investments to guiding them through ESG and energy transition across supply chains, we unlock new opportunities, solve challenges, and accelerate progress for the world. We are widely sought after by many of the world’s leading organizations to provide credit ratings, benchmarks, analytics, and workflow solutions in the global capital, commodity, and automotive markets. With every one of our offerings, we help the world’s leading organizations plan for tomorrow today. For more information, visit  www.spglobal.com .   

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DK SHIFFLET boasts the industry’s most complete database on U.S. resident travel both in the U.S. and worldwide. Data is collected monthly from a U.S. representative sample, adding over 60,000 traveling households annually, and is used daily by leading travel organizations and their strategic planning groups. DK SHIFFLET is an MMGY Global company.   

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Founded in 2004, INRIX pioneered intelligent mobility solutions by transforming big data from connected devices and vehicles into mobility insights. This revolutionary approach enabled INRIX to become one of the leading providers of data and analytics into how people move. By empowering cities, businesses, and people with valuable insights, INRIX is helping to make the world smarter, safer, and greener. With partners and solutions spanning across the entire mobility ecosystem, INRIX is uniquely positioned at the intersection of technology and transportation – whether it’s keeping road users safe, improving traffic signal timing to reduce delay and greenhouse gasses, optimizing last mile delivery, or helping uncover market insights. Learn more at INRIX.com.   

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The Holiday Inn brand is not only one of the most iconic names in hospitality, but one of the world's largest and most recognized brands. According to  Morning Consult Intelligence  data, the Holiday Inn brand is also the most trusted travel and hospitality brand in the country.

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As the first hotel chain to have a footprint in all 50 U.S. states, the Holiday Inn brand has revolutionized travel  through countless contributions to make hospitality more accessible. The brand pioneered the concept of hotel loyalty programs in February of 1983, setting an industry standard that laid the groundwork for IHG Hotels & Resorts to establish one of the world's largest loyalty programs, now known as IHG One Rewards . The brand also spearheaded the development of the first centralized hotel reservation system – Holidex, in collaboration with IBM – that paved the way for future technological advancements across the hospitality sector.

Today, this legacy of innovation continues, and the brand is using its unrivaled heritage and unique position as a world leader in travel to shape a better guest experience.

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With a commitment to evolve alongside the ever-changing needs of today’s traveler, the Holiday Inn brand unveiled a refreshed and modernized prototype for its Americas estate last year.

While the first hotel to fully showcase the brand’s latest design changes is scheduled for an early 2025 debut, the Holiday Inn design aims to integrate elements of the new prototype into more than 14 U.S. hotels by the end of 2024. These adaptations will include:

  • A Stand-out Exterior: The timeless Holiday Inn sign remains a beacon of familiarity, but now complements a modern designed main building.
  • Other models include a blended restaurant and bar space catering to diverse guest needs throughout the day.
  • A new breakfast buffet will feature elevated breakfast staples and regional favorites.
  • Around the Clock Convenience: An open market concept offering a variety of travel essentials 24/7.
  • A Refreshed Welcome: A cohesive public space featuring a re-imagined interior layout to bring the front desk, order counter, bar, and market within a central unit.
  • Modern Comfort: Redesigned guest rooms cater to both business and family travelers, featuring four distinct zones for seamless functionality: a welcome zone resembling a home entryway for convenient belongings storage; a versatile work/relax zone with a dedicated desk space, lounge area, and easy connectivity; a cozy sleep zone with a comfortable bed that features tech plug-ins on either side of the headboard; and a refresh zone offering a bright and clean bathroom.
  • Flexible Spaces: Versatile, multi-purpose spaces for formal meetings and social gatherings. Additionally, the brand will offer an eBar where guests can perch, wait for others and/or ride share services, and work alone or with colleagues.
  • Timeless Traditions: Founder Kemmons Wilson drew inspiration from his kids when first launching the brand, and a swimming pool was one idea they all had in common. As a result, pools are still a brand standard to this day. Additionally, the brand’s “ Kids Stay & Eat Free ” hallmark will remain a standard, as it represents just one of the many aspects that have endeared the Holiday Inn brand to families over the decades.

Sophisticated Style and a Bold New Look

In addition to its physical transformation, the Holiday Inn brand team is introducing newly updated branding and marketing materials. The refresh includes a more sophisticated color palette, bold headlines, and dynamic images, and highlights the Holiday Inn brand’s iconic history in a richer, more modern interpretation.

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The Holiday Inn "Great Sign” was once a guiding light built to attract travelers off the highway that could be seen for miles. While the “Great Sign” isn’t making an official comeback, the brand’s revamped exterior signage provides that recognizable welcome with an uplifting, illuminated green glow. Moreover, it proudly lets guests know the brand is part of the bigger IHG Hotels & Resorts family.

There are nearly 1,200 open Holiday Inn hotels with an additional 252 in the pipeline across 76 countries. As the brand continues to evolve and grow, Holiday Inn’s unwavering commitment to its guests will be to always remain a beloved and trusted brand.

For more information about Holiday Inn, visit: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/reservation .

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Business | Record travel forecast for July 4 holiday. Here’s what San Diegans need to know

San diego will be a popular destination, so plan on congested roads and crowds at the airport.

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The Automobile Club of Southern California is forecasting that not only will the total number of travelers be more than 5 percent higher than last year, but it will also surpass 2019 travel volumes by 6 percent. In all, a record 5.4 million Southern Californians will be leaving home for the holiday, the majority of whom will be driving. Nationwide, the expected number of travelers is nearly 71 million, up from 67.4 million last year and 65.2 million in 2019.

“This Fourth of July holiday is continuing the trend started over Memorial Day with new record levels of travel,” said Jena Miller, the Auto Club’s vice president of travel products and services. “The biggest increase this holiday is in flight vacations, which are expected to jump by 13 percent over last year with slightly cheaper domestic airfares.”

Where in the past the typical July 4 holiday period covered five days, the Auto Club changed its methodology this year and extended it to nine days, bookended by two weekends before and after the 4th, which falls on a Thursday this year. To make a fair comparison to past years, the club’s data research partner, DK Shifflet, adjusted previous forecasts to reflect a similar nine-day period, said spokesperson Marie Montgomery.

“We made sure that our firm that did this research went back and included similar lengths of times around those other years,” Montgomery said. “The firm has access to hotel stays, flights, all the travel info for every single year going back in time.”

Navigating road congestion

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The good news, says the Auto Club, is that because the upcoming holiday is spread out over nine days as opposed to a typical three-day weekend, there should be less congestion.

The busiest times for travel when heading out for the holiday in Southern California will most likely be the afternoons and evenings of July 3, 4 and 5, while the most congestion for return trips heading south on Interstate 5 is expected to occur on the afternoon of July 8, says the Auto Club.

INRIX, a firm that provides transportation data analysis for the Auto Club, expects road trips over the holiday week to take up to 67 percent longer than normal. The firm advises motorists to monitor 511 services, local news stations and traffic apps to gauge conditions on the road.

INRIX calculated sample routes for various metro areas and then estimated the time it would take to get to selected destinations during peak travel times. For San Diego County, it estimates that a trip to Palm Springs via Interstate 15 at 6 p.m. on the Fourth of July would take 2 hours and 55 minutes — about 16 percent longer than on a normal day.

The cost of driving will likely be less expensive than a year ago as gas prices are slightly lower in Southern California than at this time a year ago, following two consecutive months of price drops, which might be tapering off. The current price per gallon for regular gasoline in San Diego is $4.815, slightly lower than the $4.905 a year ago.

What to expect at the San Diego airport

....With the upcoming holiday weekend, the forecast predicts a record-setting number of people getting away by plane, car, train, and cruise ship. On Thursday, May 23, 2024, in San Diego, travelers arriving at San Diego International Airport make their way to ground transportation. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Airport officials are seeing the same trends as the Auto Club and are expecting more passengers to fly this summer than at any time since 2019. Airport spokesperson Nicole Hall says the airport is forecasting 750,000 to 780,000 passengers will arrive and depart from the airport over a 10-day period starting Friday, June 28.

The Auto Club is predicting slightly less than that over nine days and calculates that the total number of air travelers over the holiday will be up 13 percent compared to the same period in 2019. The busiest travel days are expected to be Sunday, June 30 and Sunday, July 7, Hall said.

“With the upcoming Independence Day holiday and construction on the new Terminal 1 in full swing, the airport encourages travelers and those picking up and dropping off people to plan ahead,” advises Hall.

The busiest times curbside are 4 a.m. to 6:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., Hall said.

For those wanting to park, the airport says it would be wise to make reservations for the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza or consider taking the San Diego Flyer, a free shuttle bus service that operates seven days a week between the Old Town Transit Station and the airport.

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The new Emperor floorless dive coaster coming to SeaWorld San Diego. (SeaWorld)

San Diego’s top tourist destinations are likely to be especially popular, with kids no longer in school. In anticipation of crowds wanting to see fireworks at SeaWorld on July 4, the theme park has added more seating options, including upgrading to reserved seating in select stadiums to ensure better vantage points for the light show.

SeaWorld spokesperson Tracy Spahr recommends that those planning to visit the park check out the schedule in advance. All shows and presentations will open 30 minutes prior to the start time.

The Auto Club notes that while most Southern Californians will be traveling to the region’s most popular driving destinations, like San Diego, Las Vegas and the Central Coast, the top domestic destinations for those opting to fly are likely to be Oahu, Orlando, Seattle, and Portland, Ore., as well as Las Vegas.

“The biggest increase we saw for this year was in air travel, and that’s partially due to airfares coming down domestically a little bit,” said Montgomery. “Travel by buses, trains and cruises is moving up every year but they’re not quite back to 2019 levels.”

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Record-setting travel predicted in Florida for Fourth of July, AAA says

Orlando one of top indepedence day destinations.

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ORLANDO, Fla. – With the Fourth of July landing on a Thursday, it appears millions of Floridians have their eye on a long holiday weekend.

AAA is predicting Independence Day travel to reach new records both nationwide and in Florida as more than 70.9 million people around the U.S. are expected to travel 50 miles or more away from home. Nearly 4.5 million of those will be Floridians.

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“The summer travel season is off to a hot start and we expect to set new travel records on the road and in the sky during the week of Independence Day,” Debbie Haas, vice president of Travel for AAA – The Auto Club Group, said in a statement. “There will be 3.5 million more travelers than last year. That means even more people at airports and popular attractions like beaches, lakes, and theme parks.”

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This year, the auto club’s travel forecast measures domestic trips of 50 miles or more during a 9-day period from Saturday, June 29, to Sunday, July 7.

AAA projects a record 60.6 million people will travel by car over Independence Day week — that’s an additional 2.8 million travelers compared to last year. This year’s number also surpasses 2019 when 55.3 million people traveled by car over the holiday.

The top best and worst travel times below are based on AAA data.

As for air travel, the number of domestic air travelers is also expected to set a record. Nationally, AAA projects 5.74 million people will fly to their Independence Day destinations. That’s an increase of nearly 7% compared to last year and a 12% increase over 2019.

This year, millions of Americans are choosing to celebrate freedom in the Pacific Northwest: Seattle, Vancouver, and Anchorage are top destinations because of the popularity of Alaska cruises this time of year. Three Florida cities also made the list.

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Outback Queensland tourism operators have raised concerns over a lacklustre tourism season that has them asking visitors: "Where the bloody hell are you?" 

Businesses are "cautiously concerned to pessimistic" about whether the usual midyear influx of caravanners and grey nomads is coming at all.

"If we compare it to pre-COVID visitation, it's way down," cafe owner Yvonne Tunney said.

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Ms Tunney runs a cafe and accommodation in Karumba in the Gulf of Carpentaria, a small coastal town that relies heavily on tourism.

"It's been perfect weather and fishing's been great … but like everywhere else is reporting, it's very quiet as far as tourism numbers and activity goes," she said.

"For those who come out here regularly, they just can't believe it."

Alan Smith, owner of Outback Aussie Tours, was concerned about the financial impact on small, tourism-dependent towns.

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"When you get a stinger like this when it's slow to start, it's really going to put them under a lot of pressure," he said.

"You can only make so much money out of two or three months."

"I think we're going to lose people out of the communities and out of the business if this stuff continues much longer."

Mr Smith said after "two of the best years of tourism" during the pandemic, the pendulum was now swinging the other way.

"The economy's been tightened and it's time to pay back that COVID debt," he said.

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To the west, the Birdsville Big Red Bash is one of the outback's biggest, most iconic music events, and draws thousands to the desert dunes every year.

It kicks off in less than two weeks, but it too has been hit by reduced patronage.

Organiser Greg Donovan said ticket sales were down compared to previous years " like all other festivals at the moment."

"A lot of people are now moving back to overseas travel … particularly the demographic that comes out to the bash," he said.

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So where are the tourists?

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The cost of living — fuel, groceries, and travel have all skyrocketed, meaning for many it is cheaper to travel overseas than it is to travel within their own state.

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The state government is stepping in and investing $10 million to fund 57 regional tourism projects.

The hope is these projects, which range from installing accessible footpaths to building an equine healing therapy centre in Chinchilla, will entice tourists to travel in Queensland, rather than go abroad.

Minister for Tourism Michael Healy said the money will bring nearly 300,000 additional visitors to the regions.

"We want to encourage as many people as possible to experience the wonders of Outback Queensland," he said.

Can Queenslanders afford to travel right now?

On an ABC North West Queensland Facebook post describing the slow tourism season out west, hundreds of people weighed in.

"Airports and planes are packed … cheaper to head overseas than holiday at home unfortunately," Leanne Seaton said. 
"Maybe the cost of caravan parks on top of increased fuel costs and grocery costs are making it out of reach for tourists," another commented.
"This will be a trend over the next 20+ years as the level of retirees fall due to the need to work longer just to live. The 2010-COVID days probably saw the peak in retirees and grey nomads for our era," commented Davis Walshe.

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