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Lonely Planet Reveals World’s Top 50 Destinations for 2024

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World’s Top 50 Destinations for 2024

Lonely Planet has published its top destinations for the upcoming year with the release of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2024. This is the brand’s 50th anniversary, offering an expanded list of 50 must-visit destinations from all around the globe.

Lonely Planet has ranked its top destinations of 2024 across five key categories: top countries, regions, cities, sustainable travel destinations, and best value locations. Each category features 10 destinations chosen for their topicality, unique experiences, ‘wow’ factor and ongoing commitment to sustainability and community.

Mongolia, which has been named top country, is recognized for its wide-open spaces, adventure activities, and distinctive culinary and musical culture. The top city, Nairobi, was chosen for its unique rhythms, impressive array of locally-inspired restaurants, and steady rotation of arts and culture venues. With its efforts to boost off-season travel, expand renewable energy, and bring tourism to previously overlooked destinations, Spain is recognized as the top sustainable travel destination. The Midwest, one of the USA’s most underrated regions with bustling cities and incredible food scenes, takes first prize in the best value category.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2024 delivers new takes on popular destinations such as Tuscany, Italy and Mexico, and unearths some lesser-known gems like Uzbekistan, Donegal, Ireland and Izmir. Also bouncing back strongly from the 2020 bushfires is Kangaroo Island, which remains one of South Australia’s great ecotourism destinations. Patagonia, Ecuador and the Western Balkans’ Trans Dinarica Cycle Route, an eight-country route, including Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, are amongst those which provide more responsible ways to connect with nature. The popular sun kissed country of Croatia is highlighted as it’s now easier to explore with the opening of the Peljesac Bridge shining a spotlight on the previously overlooked Peljesac Peninsula and a new highway making it possible to travel directly between Split and Dubrovnik.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2024

Here are the top ten destination for each of the five categories:

Mongolia Western Balkans’ Trans Dinarica Cycling Route Nairobi, Kenya Spain The Midwest, USA
India Kangaroo Island, South Australia Paris, France Patagonia, Argentina & Chile Poland
Morocco Tuscany, Italy Montreal, Canada Greenland Nicaragua
Chile Donegal, Ireland Mostar, Bosnia Wales’ trails
Danube Limes, Bulgaria
Benin País Vasco, Spain Philadelphia, USA The Portuguese Way / Caminho Português de Santiago Normandy, France
Mexico Southern Thailand Manaus, Brazil Palau Egypt
Uzbekistan Swahili Coast, Tanzania Jakarta, Indonesia Hokkaido, Japan Ikaria, Greece
Pakistan Montana, USA Prague, The Czech Republic Ecuador Algeria
Croatia Saalfelden Leogang, Austria Izmir, Turkey Baltic Trails of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Southern Lakes & Central Otago, New Zealand
St Lucia Far North Scotland Kansas City, Missouri Eco-lodges in South Africa Night trains, Europe

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