5 Of The Most Popular Travel Destinations This Year

Year after year, American travelers flock to destinations like Paris, Cancun and London. While these locations are popular for a reason, there are plenty of other emerging spots to draw more tourists in the future.

With that in mind, we asked experts in the travel space to share their predictions for next year’s trending travel destinations. Keep scrolling for 27 countries, cities, islands and other locales to inspire your next vacation.

Slovenia

“Slovenia is starting to hit travelers’ radars as a destination with all the charms of a European vacation destination ― cobblestone villages, great wine, historic architecture, friendly locals ― without the over-tourism plaguing many of Europe’s hotspots,” said Tara Cappel, founder and CEO of FTLO Travel. “It’s also significantly less expensive than France, Italy or Croatia, which will be particularly appealing as the global economy cools next year.”

Hiking through stunning scenery, relaxing on the lake and visiting an epic cave castle are just some ways you fill your itinerary in Slovenia.

Vietnam

“Before the COVID outbreak, Vietnam was a popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia,” said Erick Prince, a travel blogger and founder of Minority Nomad. “With the situation in the region improving, Vietnam is positioning itself as a must-visit destination again.”

He noted that the country has invested heavily in new airports and just received its own Michelin guide highlighting 103 restaurants and awarding stars to four of them.

“Vietnam offers a rich tapestry combination of history, culture, and cuisine that makes this Southeast Asian gem a top choice,” said Sam Seward, managing director of Exodus Adventure Travels. “Considering it remains one of the more affordable destinations within Southeast Asia, travelers to Vietnam have an opportunity to put more of a focus on deep experiences without having to worry as much about day-to-day costs.”

Guadalajara, Mexico

“Mexico City has hit well beyond its saturation point in recent years, in part due to a flux of digital nomads,” said Gabby Beckford, a travel expert and founder of Packs Light. “The good thing is that Americans are starting to see how much the interior of Mexico has to offer. I think Guadalajara will be a hot destination in 2024! It offers the urban charm of Ciudad de Mexico but has retained a more local charm (and price point).”

Delicious foods, artisan crafts, historical architecture, exciting events and warm people abound in this capital of the Jalisco region.

“And, of course, an activity that should be on every traveler’s bucket list: the Jose Cuervo Tequila Train that connects Guadalajara to the neighboring tourist-friendly town of Tequila,” Beckford added

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

“Carmel-by-the-Sea has been a favorite destination for Californians looking for a quiet beach escape for many years, but new, exciting openings are putting it on the map for travelers from all over who love food, wine, and stunning coastal views,” said Lauren Whatley, creator of The Lo Down. “Chez Noir made Esquire’s list of the best new restaurants in America, and earlier this year, it was awarded a Michelin star.”

While La Playa is a classic hotel in the area, she recommended the newer Villa Mare for your accommodations.

“While you’re in town, visit one of the nearly 20 wine-tasting rooms within a 1 square mile radius, and take a walk along Scenic Road for seriously jaw-dropping views,” Whatley added.

Tromsø, Norway

“For travelers on the hunt for a more unique destination in 2024, there has been significant spike in bookings in Tromsø, Norway,” said Madison Pietrowski, director of Brand U.S. at GetYourGuide. “In 2023, Tromsø didn’t break through GetYourGuide’s top 50 internationally booked cities, but it’s already sitting in the top 10 for 2024.”

She noted that Trosmø’s claim to fame is the Northern Lights.

“Next year is shaping up to be one of the best for astronomical events, from a solar eclipse to multiple meteor showers, so I think many travelers hope to add this magical light show to a year full of stargazing,” Pietrowski explained. “But Trosmø has even more to offer, from dog sledding to whale watching, making it the perfect place for an Arctic adventure.”

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