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Lonely Planet’s Best Places to Visit in 2024

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Get your wish list started, Lonely Planet has just revealed its top 50 travel destinations for the coming year.

The travel publishing empire celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and its record Best of Travel 2024 The list is expanded to five categories: the best countries, regions, cities, sustainable travel destinations and best value locations.

Country No. 1 is Mongolia, chosen by Lonely Planet for its “wide open spaces, adventure activities, and distinctive food and music culture.” It’s the least populated country in the world and the Mongolian government is ready to start filling it up a bit. This year he said that from 2023 to 2025 “Years to visit Mongolia” relax entry requirements for international travelers and improve infrastructure, including a new $650 million airport.

Other countries in the top 10 picks include favorites such as Mexico, Croatia and Saint Lucia, as well as lesser-visited places such as Benin and Uzbekistan.

The top city in the Lonely Planet ranking is Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, which the travel giant loves for its “unique rhythms, impressive range of locally inspired restaurants and constant rotation of arts and cultural venues.” We also love it for Nairobi National Parkjust a short drive from the city’s central business district, where you can spot more than 400 species roaming the grassy plains while skyscrapers twinkle on the horizon.

Paris, host of the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, is also on the list, as is 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 center”.

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Patagonia, including Torres del Paine National Park, is one of Lonely Planet’s picks for 2024.

The top sustainable travel destination for 2024 is Spain, due to the country’s efforts to develop renewable energy, boost off-season travel and attract tourism to emerging destinations, such as the port city of Valencethereby alleviating pressures on hotspots like Barcelona.

South Africa’s “wild beauty” is also discussed, with Lonely Planet recommending visitors discover the country’s “impressive crop of ecolodges” committed to protecting Earth’s biodiversity. We like too BabanangoSouth Africa’s new great wildlife park that is transforming the KwaZulu Natal region into a wondrous wildlife paradise.

The most advantageous category will be of particular interest to many in these times of wallet pinching. The underrated American Midwest is the best tip here: in cities like Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit, “you’ll find old warehouses transformed into art studios, new eco-designed hotels and numerous Michelin-starred restaurants”, explains Lonely Planet.

The editor also recommends Algeria as an under-explored corner of North Africa. Noting that it’s a three-hour flight or less from much of Europe, Lonely Planet says visitors will find “well-preserved Roman sites and beautiful historic towns” and “an affordable experience and without crowds.

When it comes to regional picks, the Western Balkans’ upcoming Trans Dinarica Cycle Route is a top pick by Lonely Planet. Opening next year, the 3,364-kilometer (2,090-mile) trail passes through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia, crossing ranges mountains and the Adriatic Sea along the way.

Donegal, Ireland’s most northwesterly county, has the country’s longest coastline and more than 100 beaches – and there’s a good chance a visitor will have one to themselves. According to Lonely Planet, “Here you’ll find Europe’s highest sea cliffs and miles of unspoilt coastal walking trails. »

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India: A big country with lots to love, including Gadisar Lake in Rajasthan.

Countries

Mongolia

India

Morocco

Chile

Benign

Mexico

Uzbekistan

Pakistan

Croatia

St. LUCIA

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Macedonia is one of the countries visited by the new Trans Dinarica cycle route.

Regions

Western Balkans Trans Dinarica Cycling Route

Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Donegal, Ireland

Basque Country, Spain

Southern Thailand

Swahili Coast, Tanzania

Montana, United States

Saalfelden Leogang, Austria



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The road trip that inspired the Lonely Planet guides

Cities

Nairobi, Kenya

Paris, France

Montreal Canada

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Manaus, Brazil

Jakarta, Indonesia

Prague, Czech Republic

Izmir, Türkiye

Kansas City, MO

Sustainable

Spain

Patagonia, Argentina and Chile

Greenland

Trails of Wales

The Portuguese Way / Caminho Português de Santiago

Palau

Hokkaido, Japan

Ecuador

Baltic trails of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

South Africa Ecolodges

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Poland is nice to look at and pay for, says Lonely Planet.

Value

The Midwest, United States

Poland

Nicaragua

Danube Limes, Bulgaria

Normandy, France

Egypt

Ikaria, Greece

Algeria

Lakes of South and Central Otago, New Zealand

Night trains, Europe

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