Top 10 Trending Travel Destinations for 2024’s Travel Predictions 2024 report unveiled the top ten destinations that will capture the hearts of avid explorers and wanderlust enthusiasts this year. From the awe-inspiring landscapes of Beppu to the bustling streets of Buenos Aires, each of these destinations promises a truly unique and unforgettable adventure. As we bid farewell to 2023, let’s dive into these captivating locales and marvel at the wonders they offer to all fortunate enough to visit.

Beppu, Japan

Within Beppu, located in the Oita prefecture on the island of Kyushu, lies a haven boasting more hot springs (onsen in Japanese) than any other place in Japan. Beppu’s claim to fame is its seven distinct onsens, known as ‘hells’ (Jigoku), inspired by the circles of hell. Unlike traditional onsen experiences, these hot springs are crafted as visual spectacles only – not for dipping your toes! Picture steaming ponds with a kaleidoscope of colours, bubbling mud pools dancing with energy and dynamic hydrothermal displays inviting you to witness the extraordinary beauty beneath the surface. We recommend visiting sometime between March and May, when cherry blossoms blanket the city, transforming it into a mesmerizing pink paradise. Not only does Beppu promise a sensory feast, but it also offers numerous inns (ryokans) and properties focusing on rejuvenation above all else.

Discover the meaning of relaxation at the AMANE resort SEIKAI. Just a 40-minute drive from Oita Airport and a short 15-minute drive from JR Beppu Station, this retreat offers private hot spring baths and a spa. Enjoy complimentary WiFi and chic furnishings, including traditional tatami mats that add to the charm as you indulge in authentic Japanese cuisine.

Valkenburg, Netherlands

When thinking of the Netherlands, your mind may naturally gravitate towards Amsterdam, Utrecht or Rotterdam – all destinations worth exploring. However, the upcoming year signals a shift towards lesser-known gems like Valkenburg. Situated in Limburg, the southernmost region of the country, this historic town traces its roots back to the Roman Empire. Best visited in autumn, when the luscious greenery turns to a beautiful amber red, there are plenty of things to do here. Delve into the mysteries of Valkenburg Castle, the sole castle in the Netherlands erected on a hill – a rare sight in the flattest country in Europe. Feel the leaves crunch beneath your feet as you stroll through Velvet Square – where cozy cafes and artisanal delights await at every turn.

Within the best-rated area (only 300 metres from the city centre), Parkhotel Valkenburg offers a luxurious stay without compromising on sustainability. Holding our prestigious Travel Sustainable Level 3+ label, this meticulously designed hotel ensures you top-notch facilities as well as more sustainable options.

Vlorë, Albania

Resting on Albania’s southwestern coast, Vlorë seamlessly blends history, culture and natural wonders. Immerse yourself in the ancient narratives of Apollonia, a city dating back to the 6th century BC. Traverse temples and theatres, unravelling captivating stories of ancient civilizations. Beyond history, Vlorë unveils pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, inviting you to dive into marine wonders through thrilling summer snorkelling expeditions. For hikers, venture into Llogara National Park amidst the Ceraunian mountains, where diverse wildlife awaits. Nature enthusiasts can also enjoy birdwatching tours. Daredevils can ascend Shashica Mountain for a tandem paragliding excursion guided by an experienced acro tandem instructor. For a unique stay, choose the four-star Yacht Hotel, favoured by couples.

Chemnitz, Germany

Chemnitz (the third largest city in Saxony) is a buzzing hive for culture connoisseurs and history buffs alike. Begin your journey at Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, where the city’s artistic legacy thrives. Visit some of the city’s most iconic attractions with a walking tour, including the Old Town Hall, dating back to the 15th century, and the iconic Red Tower, a prominent feature of the city wall dating to the late 1100s. For a touch of greenery amidst the industrial architecture, wander through the Chemnitz Botanical Garden and the Arktisch-Alpiner Garten der Walter-Meusel-Stiftung, which specializes in arctic and alpine plants. In the heart of Chemnitz, Hotel Chemnitzer Hof offers elegant rooms just a five-minute walk from the opera house, art exhibitions, Petrikirche church and Chemnitz Main Station. Best of all, guests receive a free public transport ticket.

Rotorua, New Zealand

Beating in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, Rotorua offers a unique blend of Maori culture, geothermal wonders and outdoor activities. Start your journey by witnessing the surreal landscapes of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, where vibrant pools and simmering mud form a visually striking scene. Feel the thrill of mountain biking in the Whakarewarewa Forest and witness the power of nature at the iconic 30-metre-high Pohutu Geyser. Discover a different perspective on the Redwoods Treewalk, an elevated path through majestic redwood trees. Dive into Maori traditions with a hangi feast at Tamaki Maori Village and unwind at the Polynesian Spa’s geothermal hot pools overlooking Lake Rotorua. The best time to visit is during the Southern Hemisphere’s spring (September to November) for pleasant weather and bountiful green spaces.

After a long day of adventure, rest your head at Regal Palms Resort. This world-class resort provides a range of studios, suites and apartments – all with cooking facilities and a hot tub. It’s only a 5-minute drive to Rotorua city centre and a 15-minute drive to Rotorua Airport.

Panglao, Philippines

Situated in the Bohol Sea, Panglao stands out as a petite tropical gem renowned for its glorious white beaches, world-class diving spots and a plethora of outdoor excursions. Distinguished as the Philippines’ greenest destination, Panglao features an airport and South Farm, a sprawling 22-acre site supplying organic produce to hotels while showcasing local crafts and culture. This lesser-known treasure is perfect for travellers seeking the laidback wonders of island life while prioritizing ecological responsibility. Alona Beach, known for its lively nightlife, and Danao Beach, bordered by coconut palms and promising smaller crowds, offer two distinct experiences. Panglao serves as a launchpad for exploring nearby islands through the Bohol Island-hopping Tour, unveiling two beautiful islands and the Balicasag Island Marine Sanctuary’s underwater gardens, offering the chance for a delightful encounter with dolphins. Watch the sunset from your private patio at Island World Panglao. Within 800 metres of Alona Beach, each room boasts a terrace with pool views and an à la carte breakfast.

Cairns, Australia

Cairns, the energetic backpacker hub, with its exciting night markets and refreshing waterfront bars, stands as the youthful core of this coastal city in the northern reaches of Queensland. Serving as the gateway to two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the magnificent Great Barrier Reef and the verdant Wet Tropics rainforest – the city is packed to the brim with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Join a deluxe Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Trip aboard a superyacht, submerging yourself in the magical underwater world of vivid marine life. For an added thrill, consider an exhilarating helicopter flight over the reef. If you’re seeking even more of an adrenaline boost, conquer the bucket list with a daring Skydiving Experience in Cairns, leaping from a staggering height of 15,000 ft alongside a tandem jump master. On solid ground, opt for a Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest Tour to uncover biodiversity at its best guided by an expert naturalist. Here, you can walk in the eucalypt woodlands, encounter native birds, discover the enchanting Mossman Gorge and stroll along the palm-fringed beaches of Cape Tribulation. The best time to experience the reef and the surrounding rainforests is during the Australian winter (June to August) when the weather is mild and dry.

Take it easy ‘Aussie style’ at Cairns Plaza Hotel, conveniently located within a 10-minute stroll from central Cairns and just five minutes away from local shops and restaurants. The hotel’s tour desk stands ready to arrange expeditions to the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef for all guests.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Affectionately referred to as ‘the Paris of South America’, Buenos Aires pulsates with passionate tango beats. Revel in the Argentinian culture during the spring (September to November), when the weather is perfect for hopping from one busy bar to another, each equipped with dancefloors ready for action. This dynamic metropolis offers a wealth of attractions, many of which come with no cost. Explore a myriad of art museums or venture into the rugged beauty of Reserva Ecológica, where hundreds of butterflies, turtles and iguanas reside. Though it may have a sombre undertone, the Recoleta Cemetery is free to enter and an experience not to be missed. With over 4800 vaults and mausoleums, here you’ll uncover Buenos Aires’ fascinating past, with the final resting places of over 20 presidents, 25 city mayors, 40 governors, Nobel laureates, writers, politicians, engineers and even a caretaker. Each tomb tells an unforgettable story, offering a glimpse into the diverse personalities who have shaped the country’s history. With these budget-friendly options, visitors can allocate more funds to savouring generously portioned steaks, complemented by a silky glass of Malbec.

For a restful night after exploring and dancing, enjoy the celebrity treatment at Hotel Madero Buenos Aires. This five-star stay holds Travel Proud status and is conveniently situated just over 1 km from Dorrego Square in San Telmo, home to a picture-perfect antiques fair every Sunday.

Portland, USA

Renowned as one of the greenest cities in the US, a visit to Portland wouldn’t be complete without venturing into the Portland Japanese Garden. Tucked away in Washington Park, this meticulously curated garden whisks you away to an oasis of Japanese aesthetics. Creating a contemplative space that beautifully contrasts the urban vibrancy of Portland, the garden features traditional tea houses and peaceful, koi-filled ponds. The Pearl District, with its cobblestone streets and chic urban ambience, reveals a trove of artisanal boutiques showcasing Portland’s distinctive artistic flair. From handcrafted goods to avant-garde designs, each boutique offers one-of-a-kind trinkets. Let your taste buds lead the way through the district, popping into local craft breweries scattered throughout. Sip an array of locally brewed beers, each reflecting Portland’s innovative identity. Craving something delicious? Relish local delicacies at Alder Street Food Cart Pod. Pair your flavourful meal with the nightly Craft Beer Hour at Hotel Lucia before calling it a night, just a short six-minute walk from the Alder Street food market.

Mérida, Mexico

Famed for its tropical rainforests and spiritual beliefs, there’s something about Mérida that draws travellers in search of deeply moving experiences. Nature enthusiasts can escape to the Celestún Biosphere Reserve for a boat tour among flamingos. Conclude your Mérida exploration with a visit to the haciendas of Yucatán, offering insights into the region’s agave production history through guided tours. Discover Mérida’s Mayan heritage at the Uxmal archaeological site, explore the colourful markets at Lucas de Galvez and indulge in Yucatecan cuisine for an authentic culinary treat. As the sun sets, salsa dance the night away or enjoy the Serenata Yucateca in Santa Lucia Park. Kuka y Naranjo, a sustainable property in Mérida’s historic centre, boasts an outdoor pool. Sightseeing tours are available and there’s a picnic area for feasting alfresco. Kuka y Naranjo is only 1 km from Mérida Cathedral and only 3 km away from the airport, offering a paid shuttle service.

With data from a global study involving 27,000 travellers across 33 countries, read more about’s 2024 travel predictions, including local market insights from the UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, the USA and Latin America.

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