If you’re not planning a winter getaway this year, then chances are you’ll be spending the long, dark evenings researching travel plans for 2024.
Planning a trip can sometimes be just as exciting as taking the trip itself, the only real problem is choosing where to go.
For those seeking inspiration, online travel guide Travel Lemming just released its annual list of best places to travel in 2024 as chosen by its team of editorial experts.
While the full list contains no less than 50 different destinations, the top six alone are more than enough to get your travel inspiration juices flowing.
Here they are:
1. Yucatán, Mexico
It kind of had to be, didn’t it? The Mexican state of Yucatán has long been a favorite of American travelers and that looks set to continue into next year.
From pretty beach towns like Sisal and Chicxulub Puerto, to the mysterious and beautiful Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Uxmal, Yucatán has something for everyone.
The colorful, cobbled streets of Merida are a great place to base yourself while you explore this stunning place.
And the whole region is about to get easier to visit thanks to new flights direct from the United States into the brand-new Tulum International Airport in the neighboring state Quintana Roo, as well as the introduction of the Maya Train which will connect them.
2. Gizo, Solomon Islands
This location is for those who truly love to get away from it all when they travel.
Gizo is a small town located on Ghizo Island in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands.
This island paradise offers a stunning place to relax and unwind and has relatively good access, considering how remote it is – you can fly into a small airstrip on Nusa Tupe Island and then hop on a short boat ride to Gizo from there.
Gizo also offers unrivaled bird and wildlife watching, amazing diving, and several wrecks of machinery from the Second World War that you can visit close-up.
3. Stavanger, Norway
This picturesque and history-rich Norwegian city is a fun and vibrant place to spend a few days taking in the best of the country’s culture.
A university town and one of the epicenters of Norway’s oil industry, in Stavanger, you will find a wealth of high-quality restaurants serving seafood delicacies as well as some fascinating history.
The Gamle Stavanger area of the city is one of its most photogenic with a crisscross of typical Norwegian wooden houses, while in the south you can relax on the secluded Sola Beach.
One of the real highlights of Stavanger is the nearby Preikestolen (pulpit rock), which is a huge, dramatic cliff face jutting out over the Lysefjord.
It offers incredible views and was even used as a filming location in the movie ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’.
4. Antigua, Guatemala
If colorful colonial towns full of charm and history are your thing but you feel like a change from Mexico, then Antigua in Guatemala may be for you.
Founded way back in the 1500s, this city was once the capital of Spanish colonial Central America.
Nowadays, the city is a hub for backpackers and combines beautiful historical sites such as San Francisco Church with buzzing nightlife and a great street food scene.
5. Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis is a city that really knows how to show you a good time.
As the self-proclaimed home of blues, soul, and rock and roll, you can find live music in bars on almost every street corner – it’s also home to the famous Beale Street, Blues Hall of Fame, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and Sun Studio.
The other main thing to do in Memphis besides getting your hit of live music is eat some barbecue food.
The city is famous for this cuisine and whether it’s pulled pork, ribs, or a barbecue bologna sandwich, the food here makes the city smell and taste as good as it sounds.
6. Phú Quoc, Vietnam
Nicknamed ‘Pearl Island’, this idyllic Southeast Asian gem in Vietnam is the perfect place to soak up everything good this region has to offer.
It has over 90 miles of beautiful coastline with white sand beaches and turquoise seas, and it remains warm and sunny most of the year thanks to its tropical climate.
One unique thing about Phú Quoc is that it’s famous for fish sauce, and there is even a factory that you can tour to see how it’s made.
Once you’ve done that, then enjoy how great it makes food taste on a floating restaurant offshore.
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