Trending Destinations 2024

For travel enthusiasts, the new year might mark bucket list reflection, trip planning for the next year ahead, or reminiscing last year’s favourite vacation memories. From popular destinations to off-the-beaten-path spots—there is somewhere for everyone in this guide for trending destinations 2024! 🗺️

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  1. Japan: Travelers are mesmerized by its ancient history and beauty everywhere you look.
  2. Colombia: Immerse yourself in colour, nature, and bustling city life!
  3. Portugal: A spot that has it all—city life, magical castles, coastal beauty, and serene landscapes.
  4. Hawaii: Crystal clear beaches and diverse landscapes draw travellers seeking relaxation and adventure.
  5. Riviera Maya: A North American gem known for both adventure and relaxation.
  6. European River Cruises: River cruises are a seamless, exceptional way to see the heart of Europe.
  7. France: A major hotspot, especially in preparation for the Olympics!
  8. Italy: Venture through Italy for a diverse and new experience in every city.
  9. Greek Isles: Indulge in unique Mediterranean charm.
  10. Austria: Discover stunning views and musical excellence!

Photo: Olga in Venice for Flytographer. Vikki and family capture memories in Venice with a family photoshoot at San Marco.

1. Japan

Tokyo | Kyoto | Kiso Valley | Osaka

“My family loves to travel off-the-beaten-path and discover new cultures, new foods, and make new friends wherever we go. The ancient traditions of Japan are not to be missed in 2024,” says McCown Griffin of Escargot Travel. Japan continues to mesmerize travellers with its diverse offerings. Tokyo is a bustling metropolis with ultramodern mixed with traditional charm, boasting neon-lit streets and historic temples. 🏯 Kyoto, full of Japanese heritage, showcases fairytale-like gardens, majestic shrines, and the timeless appeal of geishas. With its preserved Edo-era towns and Nakasendo trail, the Kiso Valley invites adventurers to travel the historic paths while admiring the stunning natural beauty. Osaka, a vibrant city known for its street food and lively nightlife, showcases Japan’s modern culinary scene. 🍣 Embracing all four seasons, Japan’s allure lies in its ability to captivate visitors with cherry blossoms in spring, colourful leaves in autumn, snow-capped landscapes in winter, and balmy breezes in summer.

Photo: Cho in Tokyo for Flytographer. Carol and family capture memories in Tokyo with a family photoshoot at Shibuya.

2. Colombia

Cartagena | Bogotá | Salento | Cali | Medellín

McCown Griffin of Escargot Travel observes that “the vibrant colours of Cartagena, as well as Colombia’s colonial architecture,” are what make this destination stand out from the rest. Bogotá offers a blend of tradition and modernity, showcasing captivating street art and bustling markets to explore. ✨ Meanwhile, Salento’s charm lies in its breathtaking surroundings, like picturesque coffee fields, providing a scenic treat for the eyes. Cali, renowned for its vibrant salsa music, lively dance scene, and delicious cuisine, invites visitors to immerse themselves in its culture. Not to be overlooked is Medellín, a city nestled amidst awe-inspiring mountain vistas. ⛰️ With its diverse offerings spanning beaches, rich cultural heritage, and captivating natural landscapes, Colombia offers exciting adventures ready to be discovered!

Photo: Juan A. in Cartagena for Flytographer. Sylvia and partner capture memories in Cartagena with an anniversary photoshoot at Ciudad Amurallada.

3. Portugal

Lisbon | Porto | Sintra | Cascais | Algarve

Portugal is stealing the spotlight as a hot destination for 2024! Iits blend of history and modern buzz, it’s like a treasure trove of “hidden gems among the charming streets of Lisbon, Portugal”—McCown Griffin of Escargot Travel. Porto charms with its riverside beauty and rich port wine heritage. 🍷 Sintra feels like it was taken straight out of a fairy tale, with enchanting castles and lush landscapes. Cascais, a coastal gem, boasts beautiful beaches and a relaxed vibe perfect for unwinding. And the Algarve, with its golden shores and breathtaking cliffs, invites travellers to soak up the sun. ☀️ Portugal truly has it all—city life, magical castles, coastal beauty, and serene landscapes. It’s like a dreamy adventure waiting around every corner!

Photo: Goncalo in Sintra for Flytographer. Colin and partner capture memories in Portugal with a proposal photoshoot.

4. Hawaii

Maui | Honolulu | Kona | Kauai

“As a Travel Agency located in the Midwest, our clients crave sun-soaked beach destinations. Our clients also love to have meaningful cultural experiences. Hawaii is the perfect destination with its pristine shores and authentic island vibes and communities. Our clients are in love!”—Rose at Where To Go Travel Co.

Hawaii is making waves as a top trending destination for 2024. Maui’s stunning beaches and diverse landscapes draw travellers seeking relaxation and adventure. Honolulu, a bustling city on Oahu, combines urban life with gorgeous beaches like Waikiki. 🏝️ Kona, nestled on the Big Island, offers a glimpse into Hawaiian traditions and stunning coastlines. Kauai, known as the “Garden Isle,” enchants with its lush greenery and jaw-dropping natural beauty, like the iconic Na Pali Coast. With attractions like the Haleakala National Park showcasing volcanic landscapes and the endless allure of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii captures the essence of an American paradise. Its blend of diverse landscapes, from volcanic terrain to serene beaches, ensures an unforgettable experience for every visitor. ❤️

Photo: Rojeena in Maui for Flytographer. Kemly and family capture memories in Maui with a family photoshoot on Baldwin Beach.

5. Riviera Maya

Cancun | Playa del Carmen | Tulum

The Riviera Maya, nestled on the eastern side of Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula, is “an easy-to-get-to ‘fun and sun’ destination that our clients return to year after year … for the unbeatable combination of convenience and luxury offered by world-class, all-inclusive resorts,” says Rose at Where To Go Travel Co.

Riviera Maya stands out as one of the most prominent North American trending destinations 2024! Cancun, known for its lively nightlife and bright blue beaches, lures visitors with its Spanish culture and vibrant atmosphere. Playa del Carmen, a bustling coastal town, blends bohemian charm with modern amenities, offering a gateway to indulge in snorkelling adventures amidst rich biodiversity. Tulum, with its ancient ruins and laid-back wellness scene, invites exploration of archaeological wonders while embracing a serene, wellness-centric vibe. Riviera Maya’s allure lies in its diverse offerings—whether you’re craving vibrant city life, serene beaches, or a peek into ancient history, this Mexican paradise has it all!

Photo: Tati in Tulum for Flytographer. Alyssa and partner capture memories in Tulum with an engagement photoshoot in Centote Cristalino.

6. European River Cruises

Budapest | Vienna | Salzburg | Zurich | Strasburg | Berlin | Prague | Amsterdam

“We’ve seen river cruising through Europe explode in popularity because of the convenience of exploring many European cities without having to pack and unpack several times. 🧳 River cruises are a seamless and exceptional way to see the heart of Europe, dine on incredible food, and enjoy fantastic excursions throughout cities and villages,” says Rose at Where To Go Travel Co. The main rivers for European river cruises are the Seine, Rhine, Main, Rhône, and Danube Rivers. 📍

Surprisingly, the average age of cruisers has gone down over the past decade. While it used to appeal to a 65+ age range, the average age of cruise ship passengers today is generally 47 years old. This might be because of a recent rise in Gen Z and Millennial passengers.

Photo: Steven in Amsterdam for Flytographer. Ashley and partner capture memories in Amsterdam with a proposal photoshoot on a Jordaan River Cruise.

7. France

Paris | Nice | Monaco | Cannes | Aix-en-Provence | Avignon | Lyon | Strasburg

Melanie of Vacay by MJ told us that France seems to be a major hot spot and trending destination for 2024. This could be a result of the upcoming 2024 Olympics being held in Paris and other parts of France. Paris, the epitome of French elegance and charm, captivates with its iconic landmarks, delectable cuisine, and artistic treasures. 🖼️ Beyond the capital, Nice beckons with its Mediterranean allure, boasting beautiful beaches and vibrant city life. Nearby, Monaco, a glitzy enclave, offers a taste of luxury with its opulent casinos and stunning coastal views. From the charming streets of Paris, to walking trails in Aix-en-Provence,the historical richness of Avignon, the culinary delights of Lyon, and the cultural allure of Strasbourg, France offers a captivating tapestry of experiences tailored to every traveller’s preferences. ✈️

Photo: Maria in Paris for Flytographer. Vicky and partner capture memories in Paris with a vacation photoshoot at Pont Alexandre III and the Eiffel Tower.

8. Italy

Rome | Venice | Florence | Milan | Lake Como | Amalfi Coast | Bari | Cinque Terre |  Tuscany

Melanie of Vacay by MJ has seen many bookings for Italy already for the new year. The island of Sicily, just off the boot, is a trending spot within Italy, according to Meredith of Triptopia. Other Italian hotspots like Rome whisper tales of ancient history amid its iconic ruins and captivating art. Venice, a floating masterpiece, is enchanted with its intricate canals and timeless romantic allure. ❤️ Florence, a Renaissance gem, boasts artistic treasures and architectural marvels at every turn. Milan, a fashion capital, dazzles with its trendsetting style and cosmopolitan vibes. Nestled amidst the stunning scenery, Lake Como offers a tranquil retreat amidst the Mediterranean splendour. Italy’s appeal lies in this rich tapestry of experiences—whether exploring ancient history in Bari, getting lost in the charms of Cinque Terre, indulging in wine and culture in Tuscany, embracing fashion in Milan, or finding serenity by the picturesque Amalfi Coast, there’s a slice of Italian beauty for every traveller’s dream. 🌎

Photo: Ellie in Florence for Flytographer. Loren and partner capture memories in Florence with a honeymoon photoshoot at San Miniato Church & Piazzale Michelangelo.

9. Greek Isles

Santorini | Mykonos | Samos

The Greek Isles are stealing the spotlight as an irresistible destination in 2024! Santorini, with its iconic, blue-domed churches and stunning sunsets over the Aegean Sea, captivates travellers seeking romance and breathtaking vistas. Mykonos, a cosmopolitan playground, beckons with its vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches, and chic Mediterranean charm. Samos, an island rich in history and natural beauty, offers a more serene and authentic Greek experience. 🇬🇷 For an off-the-beaten-path experience, the laid-back and lesser-known island of Crete is a trend for 2024, according to Meredith of Triptopia. Each island in the Greek archipelago promises a unique blend of ancient heritage, picturesque landscapes, and the warmth of Greek hospitality, making it a must-visit for adventurers seeking the essence of a Mediterranean paradise. ☀️

Photo: Spyros in Santorini for Flytographer. Adam and partner capture memories in Santorini with a proposal photoshoot in Oia Village.

10. Austria

Salzburg | Vienna | Hallstatt

Austria is capturing hearts with its enchanting cities and breathtaking landscapes! Salzburg, a particularly trending city according to Meredith of Triptopia, is a musical haven that resonates with Mozart’s melodies and Baroque architecture, which invites travellers to immerse themselves in cultural elegance. Vienna, the imperial capital, boasts grand palaces, classical music 🎶, and a vibrant coffeehouse culture, exuding old-world charm with a modern twist. Hallstatt, a fairytale village nestled by a serene lake and surrounded by majestic mountains, captivates with its picture-perfect beauty and serene ambiance. ⛰️ Austria weaves together history, culture, and natural splendour, promising an unforgettable experience for wanderers seeking European elegance and Alpine tranquillity–no wonder its a trending destination for 2024!

Photo: Kevin in Hallstatt for Flytographer. Aline and family capture memories in Hallstatt with a family photoshoot in the Town Centre.

More 2024 hot spots

  • London, England: A lively spot full of history and modernity that invites exploration with its famous landmarks and rich cultural diversity.
  • Istanbul, Turkey: Where East meets West, brimming with ancient wonders, vibrant markets, and rich heritage.
  • Banff, Canada: Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff captivates with its breathtaking alpine scenery, crystal-clear lakes, and outdoor adventures.
  • Cape Town, South Africa: Where the majestic Table Mountain meets the glistening ocean.
  • Gold Coast, Australia: The Gold Coast dazzles with its sun-kissed beaches, vibrant energy, and endless coastal charm.
  • San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Covered with colourful streets, colonial architecture, and rich artistic soul.
  • Palma de Mallorca, Spain: The city charms travellers with its Mediterranean appeal and historical elegance.


Capturing Memories in 2024

As we conclude this whirlwind journey through trending destinations 2024, remember that our planet is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be explored. Whether seeking a tranquil getaway or an adventure-filled escapade, these must-visit destinations are a mere glimpse into the diverse beauty Earth has to offer. Embrace the wanderlust, pack your curiosity, and don’t forget to capture your memories along the way! 📸