Traditionally, the guidebook empire turns 50 and its huge list of the best places to travel for 2024 has been expanded
Ignite your travel wish list, Lonely Planet has just revealed its top 50 travel destinations for next year.
The travel guide empire turns 50 and its massive list of the best places to travel in 2024 has been expanded into five categories: leading countries, regions, cities, sustainable travel destinations and best value locations.
Country number 1 is Mongoliachosen by Lonely Planet for its “wide open spaces, adventure activities and distinctive culinary and music culture”.
It’s the most sparsely populated country in the world, and the Mongolian government is ready to start filling it up a bit. This year, it declared 2023 to 2025 as the “Visit Mongolia Years”, easing entry requirements for international travelers and improving infrastructure, not least with a new airport worth 650 million dollars.
The first city on Lonely Planet’s list is NairobiKenya’s capital, which the travel giant loves for its “unique rhythms, an impressive array of locally inspired restaurants and a constant rotation of arts and culture venues.”
Parishost of the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, is also on the list, as are Prague, another European capital that is no stranger to tourist crowds. Lonely Planet says the COVID-19 lockdown has allowed the Czech capital to “hit the reset button” and promote “slow tourism and attractions away from the city centre”.
The best sustainable tourism destination for 2024 is Spaindue to the country’s efforts to expand renewable energy, increase off-season travel and shift tourism to emerging destinations such as the port city of Valencia, thereby easing pressure on hotspots such as Barcelona.
Easy on your bank account
“The underrated American Midwest is the best option here: In cities like Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit, ‘you’ll find old warehouses turned into art studios, new eco-design hotels and plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants,’ says Lonely Planet.
The publisher recommends and Algeria as an under-explored corner of North Africa.
As for the regional elections, the upcoming one Transdinaric cycling route in the Western Balkans is a top pick from Lonely Planet. Opening next year, the 3,364 kilometer cycling route passes through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia, passing through mountain ranges and the Adriatic Sea on its way.
The best of Lonely Planet travel 2024
- St. Lucia
- Transdinaric cycling route of the Western Balkans
- Kangaroo Island, South Australia
- Donegal, Ireland
- Pais Vasco, Spain
- Southern Thailand
- Swahili Coast, Tanzania
- Montana, USA
- Saalfelden Leogang, Austria