December 2, 2023

By Maureen O’Hare | CNN

Get your wishlist fired up, Lonely Planet simply revealed its 50 high journey locations for the yr forward.

The journey publishing empire turns 50 this yr, and its bumper Greatest in Journey 2024 checklist is expanded throughout 5 classes: high nations, areas, cities, sustainable journey locations and best-value areas.

The No.1 nation is Mongolia, chosen by Lonely Planet for its “wide-open areas, journey actions, and distinctive culinary and musical tradition.” That is the world’s most sparsely populated nation and the Mongolian authorities is able to begin filling it up a bit. This yr it declared 2023 via 2025 the “Years to Go to Mongolia,” easing entry situations for worldwide vacationers and bettering infrastructure, not least with a brand new $650 million airport.

Different nations to make the ten high picks embrace widespread favorites corresponding to Mexico, Croatia and St. Lucia, in addition to lesser visited spots corresponding to Benin and Uzbekistan.

Metropolis locations

The highest metropolis on Lonely Planet checklist is Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, which the journey big loves for its “distinctive rhythms, spectacular array of regionally impressed eating places, and regular rotation of arts and tradition venues.” We find it irresistible additionally for Nairobi Nationwide Park, only a brief drive out of town’s central enterprise district, the place you possibly can see greater than 400 species roaming the open grass plains whereas skyscrapers twinkle on the skyline.

Paris, host of the 2024 Summer time Olympics and Paralympics, can also be on the checklist, as is Prague, one other European capital which isn’t any stranger to vacationer crowds. Lonely Planet says the Covid-19 lockdown has allowed the Czech capital to “hit the reset button”  and to advertise “gradual tourism and points of interest away from town middle.”


The highest sustainable journey vacation spot for 2024 is Spain, due to the nation’s efforts to increase renewable vitality, to spice up low season journey and to carry tourism to rising locations, such because the port metropolis of Valencia, thereby easing pressures on scorching spots corresponding to Barcelona.

The “wild magnificence” of South Africa additionally will get a nod, with Lonely Planet recommending guests take a look at the nation’s “spectacular crop of ecolodges” dedicated to defending Earth’s biodiversity. We additionally love Babanango, South Africa’s massive new sport park which is reworking the KwaZulu Natal area right into a wildlife wonderland.

Simple on the financial institution stability

The most effective-value class will likely be of explicit curiosity to many in these wallet-pinching occasions. The underrated American Midwest is the highest tip right here: in cities corresponding to Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit, “you’ll discover outdated warehouses reworked into artwork studios, new eco design lodges and lots of Michelin-starred eating places,” says Lonely Planet.

The writer additionally recommends Algeria as an under-explored nook of Northern Africa. Mentioning that it’s a three-hour flight or much less from a lot of Europe, Lonely Planet says guests will discover “well-preserved Roman websites and high quality historic cities” and “an reasonably priced, crowd-free expertise.”

Regional locations

Macedonia is without doubt one of the nations visited by the brand new Trans Dinarica biking route.(Ilan Shacham/Second RF/Getty Pictures) 

In terms of regional picks, the Western Balkans’ upcoming Trans Dinarica biking route is a best choice by Lonely Planet. Opening subsequent yr, the three,364-kilometer (2,090-mile) path passes via Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia, taking in mountain ranges and the Adriatic Sea alongside the best way.

Donegal, Eire’s most northwestern county, has the nation’s longest shoreline and greater than 100 seashores – and the probabilities are good {that a} customer would possibly get one all to themselves. Says Lonely Planet, “Right here you’ll discover the very best sea cliffs in Europe and miles of unspoilt coastal mountaineering trails.”

Lonely Planet’s Greatest in Journey 2024

India: A big country with a whole lot to love, including Gadisar lake in Rajasthan.(Roop_Dey/iStockphoto/Getty Images)
India: A giant nation with a complete lot to like, together with Gadisar lake in Rajasthan.(Roop_Dey/iStockphoto/Getty Pictures) 











St. Lucia


Western Balkans’ Trans Dinarica Biking Route

Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Donegal, Eire

País Vasco, Spain

Southern Thailand

Swahili Coast, Tanzania

Montana, USA

Saalfelden Leogang, Austria


Nairobia, Kenya

Paris, France

Montreal, Canada

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Manaus, Brazil

Jakarta, Indonesia

Prague, Czech Republic

Izmir, Turkey

Kansas Metropolis, Missouri


Patagonia, including Torres del Paine national park, is one of Lonely Planet's picks for 2024.(encrier/iStockphoto/Getty Images)
Patagonia, together with Torres del Paine nationwide park, is one in every of Lonely Planet’s picks for 2024.(encrier/iStockphoto/Getty Pictures) 


Patagonia, Argentina and Chile


Wales’ trails

The Portuguese Means / Caminho Português de Santiago


Hokkaido, Japan


Baltic Trails of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Eco-lodges of South Africa


Pictured is the historical center of Granada, Nicaragua.(Nicolas De Corte/Alamy Stock Photo via CNN)
Pictured is the historic middle of Granada, Nicaragua.(Nicolas De Corte/Alamy Inventory Picture by way of CNN) 

The Midwest, USA



Danube Limes, Bulgaria

Normandy, France


Ikaria, Greece


Southern Lakes & Central Otago, New  Zealand

Evening trains, Europe

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