As we move through the first few months of 2024, there’s no question that this year feels different for vacation-hungry travelers across the USA. After years of restrictions, the world is finally opening up in new and exciting ways, inviting adventurers, digital nomads, families, and solo travelers alike to explore its vast, uncharted terrains.

But with so many destinations shaking off the dust of yesteryear, how does one choose where to venture next?

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Da Nang, Vietnam

That's where the magic of forecasting comes into play. As seasoned travel experts, professional writers, and master forecasters here at Travel Magazine, we’ve peered into the trends, tastes, and technological advancements shaping our world to bring you the most anticipated travel destinations for 2024.

Stay tuned, because knowing what's hot in travel right now not only satiates your wanderlust but also places you a step ahead in crafting unforgettable journeys.

We’re here to show you which places will be trending this year - not the most popular by total volume, but the new trending spots you’ll want to get booked before they get crowded.

Read on if that sounds good to you.

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Why Stay Ahead in the Travel Game?

Before we dive into the list, let's explore why being in the know is your ticket to a richer travel experience.

First, it allows you to beat the crowds. By identifying up-and-coming hotspots before they explode in popularity, you enjoy the beauty and authenticity of a place without the swarms of tourists.

Secondly, it's cost-effective. Prices in emerging destinations are often more favorable, giving you more bang for your buck. Lastly, it enriches your travel narrative. Being an early explorer of a soon-to-be popular destination adds a unique chapter to your travel story, making you a pioneer among your peers.

Third, it’s just plain fun to be in the know. You’re going to feel like a travel expert by the time you finish reading about these destinations. So, without further ado.

The Destinations Making Waves in 2024

Eco-Paradises in Central America

Central America is emerging as the jewel of sustainable travel.

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Countries like Costa Rica and Panama are leading the charge with their eco-friendly resorts, conservation efforts, and immersive nature experiences. These destinations offer a harmonious blend of adventure and relaxation, allowing travelers to contribute positively to the environment while soaking in unparalleled biodiversity.

The Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica is a great example of a destination that’s set to take off. Described by National Geographic as "the most biologically intense place on Earth," the Osa Peninsula offers untouched rainforests and eco-friendly accommodations. Eco-lodges here are dedicated to conservation and sustainable practices, allowing guests to experience wildlife and natural beauty with minimal impact.

In Panama, Bocas del Toro is a spot we’re watching closely. This archipelago is not only known for its stunning Caribbean beaches but also for its commitment to sustainable tourism. Eco-resorts in Bocas del Toro focus on preserving the marine environment and supporting local communities, offering experiences like coral reef snorkeling, mangrove tours, and sustainable fishing.

Speaking of snorkeling, interest in scuba diving is also growing rapidly as we head into 2024. Here are the 10 best places to dive in the Caribbean, should you need to add to your bucket list.

Undiscovered Gems of Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe holds a treasure trove of experiences yet to be fully discovered by the mainstream tourist. From the serene beauty of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania to the rich cultural tapestry of Georgia, this region promises authenticity, affordability, and adventure. In 2024 we expect this region to again captivate those seeking history, gastronomy, and vibrant street life away from the crowded hotspots of Western Europe.

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Piran, Slovenia

The crowds continue to grow in Slovenia, but they’re still much more manageable than in neighboring Italy or Croatia. It’s also much more affordable and offers many of the same impressive views, bites, and culture. Often overshadowed by Lake Bled (a simply majestic spot in Slovenia you must visit), the Soča Valley is another stunning area known for its emerald-green river, outdoor sports, and WWI history. The valley offers everything from kayaking and rafting to paragliding and mountain biking, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Julian Alps. It's a paradise for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike.

Southeast of Slovenia sits another gem we expect to become more popular this year. Gjirokastër, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a beautifully preserved Ottoman town known for its distinctive stone architecture and rich history. The town's castle, bazaar, and traditional houses offer a glimpse into Albania's diverse past. Nearby, travelers can explore the Blue Eye spring, a natural water feature known for its deep blue color and crystal-clear waters.

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The Digital Nomad's Dream: Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia continues to be a magnet for digital nomads and remote workers, thanks to its low cost of living, warm climate, and ultra-fast internet. It’s a very convenient place to get some work done.

Places like Bali, Chiang Mai, and Da Nang have fully evolved to cater to this modern workforce, offering a blend of coworking spaces, wellness retreats, and community events. While Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have long been favorites of remote workers visiting Vietnam, Da Nang is emerging as a new hotspot for digital nomads. Its appeal lies in its modern amenities and affordable living, coupled with stunning beaches and a relaxed lifestyle. Da Nang also serves as a gateway to cultural sites like Hoi An and the imperial city of Hue.

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Although Bali is already well-known among digital nomads, Canggu, in particular, continues to grow in popularity. It strikes a perfect balance between work and play, offering coworking spaces, a vibrant expat community, and a laid-back beach vibe. The area is also famous for its surf breaks, healthy cafes, and cultural experiences. We’re predicting a similar growth in number of travelers to Dumaguete in the Philippines and Koh Lanta in Thailand.

In 2024, expect to see these destinations rise in popularity as the trend of remote work grows, offering a perfect balance of work and play.

Revitalized Classics: Japan and Italy

Japan and Italy are perennial favorites, but in 2024 they’re drawing travelers for new reasons. Japan is set to unveil lesser-known regions, promoting rural tourism and cultural immersion away from the bustling cities of Tokyo and Kyoto.

Often referred to as "Little Kyoto," Kanazawa is a city where the samurai, geisha, and tea house districts still stand, offering a glimpse into Japan's Edo-period history. Its attractions, like the Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan's "three best landscape gardens," and the contemporary art museum, make it a compelling blend of old and new. Kanazawa's efforts to preserve its heritage while embracing modernity are expected to attract those looking for an alternative to Japan's mega-cities.

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There are other areas that should see growth as well. The islands dotting the Seto Inland Sea, such as Naoshima and Teshima, are becoming icons of contemporary art and architecture, hosting numerous art installations and museums designed by renowned architects. These islands offer a tranquil retreat with breathtaking scenery, art, and architecture, creating a unique cultural landscape that draws travelers seeking a peaceful yet intellectually stimulating experience.

Italy, on the other hand, will captivate with its renewed focus on sustainable tourism, showcasing its hidden villages and slow food movement, encouraging travelers to explore beyond the well-trodden paths of Rome, Venice, and Florence. Known for its ancient cave dwellings, Matera has undergone a remarkable transformation from a symbol of poverty to a UNESCO World Heritage site and a European Capital of Culture. Its cave hotels and restaurants, along with its vibrant cultural scene, make Matera a fascinating destination for those looking to explore Italy's deep historical roots in a city that has truly revitalized itself.

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Lastly, we believe the heel of the boot should finally get the recognition it deserves as one of the most beautiful spots in Europe. With its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland, and lengthy Mediterranean coastline, Puglia is emerging as a favorite for travelers seeking the quintessential Italian lifestyle without the crowds. The region's focus on farm-to-table cuisine, olive oil production, and unique accommodations in trulli houses offers a sustainable tourism model that appeals to foodies, culture enthusiasts, and beach lovers alike.

The Adventure Capitals: New Zealand and Canada

For those seeking adrenaline-pumping activities set against breathtaking landscapes, New Zealand and Canada are the go-to destinations in 2024. These countries offer a smorgasbord of outdoor adventures, from hiking and skiing to bungee jumping and kayaking, all while emphasizing conservation and respect for the natural world.

Down under, it’s all about Queenstown. Often dubbed the "Adventure Capital of the World," Queenstown is set to continue its reign into 2024. Nestled among the Southern Alps and beside the crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu, it offers everything from bungee jumping and skydiving to jet boating and mountain biking. Queenstown also serves as a gateway to the Fiordland National Park, home to the stunning Milford Sound. Other trending destinations in New Zealand we see being popular this year are The Coromandel Peninsula with it’s famous Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove, and Rotorua, well known for it’s geothermal wonders and Maori culture.

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In the Great White North, there’s just as much adventure to uncover–though over a much larger area, that’s for sure. The two destinations we think are set to pop off in 2024 are about as far apart as you could get on a map, but they’re both as Canadian as you can get.

Squamish, BC is situated between the stunning port city of Vancouver and one of the best ski resorts in the world at Whistler. It’s fast becoming a mecca for rock climbers, wind and kite surfers, and mountain bikers. Its stunning backdrop of mountains and waters, including the iconic Stawamus Chief, offers a diverse range of activities, making it a trending spot for outdoor enthusiasts.

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From as far west as you can go to as far east as you can go. For those looking to explore Canada's rugged coastline, the East Coast Trail in Newfoundland and Labrador offers over 300 kilometers of scenic hiking paths along the Atlantic shore. This trail provides access to lighthouses, icebergs, wildlife, and dramatic cliffside views, appealing to hikers seeking both adventure and natural beauty. Get there before it gets busy.

Crafting Your Journey

Armed with the knowledge of what's hot in travel for 2024, you're well on your way to crafting journeys that are not only memorable but also meaningful. Whether you're drawn to the eco-paradises of Central America, the undiscovered gems of Eastern Europe, the digital nomad hubs of Southeast Asia, the revitalized classics of Japan and Italy, or the adventure capitals of New Zealand and Canada, each destination promises its own unique blend of experiences. Our friends at Conde Naste put together their own overview of hot destinations for 2024, watch the video below if you're looking for more ideas.

As we look forward to 2024, the world is your oyster, ripe for exploration. By choosing destinations that resonate with the trends and values of tomorrow, you're not just a traveler; you're a forward-thinking explorer setting the pace for the future of travel. So pack your bags, set your sights on these burgeoning hotspots, and embark on a journey that's ahead of the curve. After all, the best time to discover the wonders of the world is before the rest of the world catches on.


As we look forward to 2024, the world is your oyster, ripe for exploration. These are the spots that we believe will be popular amongst travelers in 2024. Get there before the crowds arrive.