Mongolia tops 'Best In Travel' list for 2024, according to Lonely Planet


Malbork Castle in Poland. Lonely Planet lists the country as a ‘value destination’ as it is suitable for all types of travellers. — Photos: Pixabay

Which destinations will be top of the list for travellers in 2024? Lonely Planet has the answer, with its freshly released “Best In Travel” selection of must-visit hotspots for the year ahead.

More and more destinations around the world are taking steps to counter the effects of overtourism, encouraging travellers to be more aware of the impact their trips can have on both the environment and the local population. With that in mind, thoughts are already turning to vacation plans for 2024.

In October, Condé Nast Traveller shared its recommendations, drawing on reader feedback to draw up its eagerly awaited “Reader’s Choice Awards”, listing the best cities and destinations of the year. Japan took first place in this ranking, ahead of Italy and Greece, while Victoria in Canada and San Sebastián in Spain were hot tips for upcoming city-breaks.

For its part, the renowned Lonely Planet travel guide publisher has now shared its travel inspirations for 2024, resulting in its Best In Travel pick for the year ahead. By sounding out authors, bloggers and publishers, the guide’s team has drawn up several lists, each featuring 10 entries.

In the country category, Mongolia takes first place, ahead of India and Morocco.

Mongolia is the top destination of choice in the country category to visit in 2024.Mongolia is the top destination of choice in the country category to visit in 2024.

As for cities, Paris is in the spotlight in view of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, although the French capital comes second to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

Looking across the board at Lonely Planet’s full selection of trendiest destinations – country, city, region, sustainable destination, value destination – the Balkans stands out as a recurring theme. The guide tips the Balkan peninsula as a solid idea for a getaway, listing Croatia as one of the trendiest countries in 2024. The regions category, meanwhile, spotlights the Trans Dinarica Cycling Route, which crosses Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia.

Lonely Planet also recommends visiting the Bosnian city of Mostar, or opting for the Danube Limes in Bulgaria for an inexpensive change of scenery.

The ruins of the Celsus Library in Izmir, Turkiye. The ruins of the Celsus Library in Izmir, Turkiye.

Finally, for those in search of off-the-beaten-track escapism, Lonely Planet recommends a hike in Wales, or a trip to the Japanese island of Hokkaido, unless you’re tempted by Tanzania’s Swahili Coast.

Finally, destinations such as Spain, Morocco, Southern Thailand and Egypt, which have long been considered must-sees, remain timeless options. – AFP Relaxnews

Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel 2024


1. Mongolia

2. India

3. Morocco

4. Chile

5. Benin

6. Mexico

7. Uzbekistan

8. Pakistan

9. Croatia

10. Saint Lucia


1. Trans Dinarica Cycling Route, Western Balkans

2. Kangaroo Island, South Australia

3. Tuscany, Italy

4. Donegal, Ireland

5. Basque Country, Spain

6. Southern Thailand

7. Swahili Coast, Tanzania

8. Montana, US

9. Saalfelden Leogang, Austria

10. Northern Scotland


1. Nairobi, Kenya

2. Paris, France

3. Montreal, Canada

4. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

5. Philadelphia, US

6. Manaus, Brazil

7. Jakarta, Indonesia

8. Prague, Czech Republic

9. Izmir, Turkiye

10. Kansas City, US

Value destinations

1. The Midwest, US

2. Poland

3. Nicaragua

4. Danube Limes, Bulgaria

5. Normandy, France

6. Egypt

7. Ikaria, Greece

8. Algeria

9. Southern Lakes & Central Otago, New Zealand

10. Europe’s night trains

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