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10 places to explore in 2024

The world is your oyster when it comes to planning your 2024 travels. From Paris to Puerto Vallarta, here are 10 destinations that are especially appealing this year.

By Cassandra Brooklyn | January 17, 2024

The new year offers a chance to start fresh, and what better way to kick it off than by planning an epic vacation? Whether your goals for 2024 are related to fitness, wellness and health, or you just want to push yourself outside your comfort zone and try something new this year, we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 noteworthy destinations around the world to explore in 2024.

Los Angeles

Make your way to Los Angeles for a vacation that has a bit of everything. This quintessential California city has all the glitz and glam it’s known for, but it’s also an excellent place to relax on the beach, bike along the water and hike the hills. Dine at world-class restaurants, indulge in a spa experience at the traditional bathhouses in Koreatown or spend the day at one of countless renowned museums. Film aficionados should head to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, where you’ll find Judy Garland’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz,” while history buffs will appreciate the new expansion and renovation at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, set to open this year.

Key West, Florida

Sun-and fun-lovers have their pick of pools, parties and pastimes in Key West as there is never a bad time to hit the sand and water here. Relax at the beach, or go kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving or sailing. Beyond the opportunities to enjoy nature, Key West also has a lot to offer in terms of history and culture. Consider Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, where you can tour a 19th-century fort used during the Civil War and Spanish-American War, or the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, dedicated to the literary icon and one of Key West’s most famous residents. Literature-lovers may want to consider visiting in January to coincide with the Key West Literary Seminar, ideal for serious writers and readers, or in July for Hemingway Days, which has plenty of prose but also parties.


Yearning for a European vacation without the long-haul flight? Then Montreal is the vacation destination for you, seamlessly blending Canadian culture with French flair. Wander around Mount Royal Park, designed by the same landscape architect who created Central Park; ride La Grande Roue de Montreal, the tallest observation wheel in Canada; or spend the afternoon sipping espresso and eating pastries at the European-style Café Olimpico. Don’t miss out on the world-class museums and awe-inspiring architecture of the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal. Unwind with a trip to Bota Bota, a floating spa in Montreal’s Old Port. A fan of high-octane cars? Visit in June when the city hosts one of the largest racing events in Canada.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Mexico is a large and diverse country bursting with beautiful beaches, phenomenal food and never-ending ways to explore nature. Puerto Vallarta is no exception. Stroll through charming neighborhoods lined with boutique shops, excellent restaurants and art galleries, or head to superb stretches of sand that are perfect for sunbathing and people-watching. Adventure-seekers will also find plenty of tour operators ready to whisk them away for whale-watching tours, scuba diving, riding Jet Skis and hiking day trips. Queer travelers will find Puerto Vallarta warm and welcoming, and Playa de los Muertos beach is especially known as a party haven for LGBTQ+ travelers.


With so many unique experiences to be had, an incredible vacation is pretty much guaranteed in Hawaii. Whether you’re in search of the best waves to surf, or you’re swimming underneath a waterfall then hiking up a volcano, the Aloha State offers breathtaking vistas at every turn. Couples will find plenty of room for romance with relaxing massages on the beach, amorous sunset cocktail cruises and candlelit dinners under the stars. First time visitors should consider staying in Oahu, where you'll find Honolulu, the state’s biggest city, the infamous Waikiki Beach and the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Venture to Kauai or Lanai islands for fewer crowds and a more laidback atmosphere. Meanwhile on Maui, travelers will find all the amenities of a bustling metropolis mixed with ample opportunity to get lost in Mother Nature.


Montana is known as Big Sky Country and with good reason — the skies seem endless and are often filled with millions of dazzling stars. A divine road trip destination if there ever was one, start your visit in Bozeman or Billings then make your way to modern Missoula before heading north to Glacier National Park. Though the park is open year-round, much of it is covered in snow until June, including part of the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road. To avoid the crowds and enjoy most of the park’s main attractions, plan your visit for May or September. July and August offer the best access to all the park's trails and viewpoints, but they’ll also be more crowded, and you’ll need to register in advance for a parking permit to access some areas.


All eyes are set on Paris as it gears up to host the world’s most important athletic competition. The games will take place between July 26 and August 11, so prepare well in advance to secure your accommodations and reservations during this particularly busy period of 2024. Summer in Paris can be crowded even when a major sporting event isn’t in town, so if you prefer to skip the crowds altogether, plan your vacation in spring or fall, when you’ll enjoy pleasant weather, quieter streets and shorter lines. Snap a picture in front of the Eiffel Tower, stroll along the Seine or marvel at more than 35,000 works of art on display in the Louvre. The Notre Dame Cathedral, which was damaged in a fire in 2019, is set to reopen by the end of 2024, but if you visit before then, you can still peruse an exhibit about the cathedral and its ongoing reconstruction work.


From the intricate architecture of the city’s theaters, churches and historic buildings to the picturesque Prague Castle complex, the Czech capital is one of the most visually stunning and interesting cities in Europe. Wander around Old Town Square, taking in the Prague Astronomical Clock that dates back to the 1400s and the Gothic spires of various churches. While many European destinations are famous for their December holiday markets, including Prague, the city is also known for its Easter markets in March and April. Here, you’ll find local vendors inside spring-colored wooden huts selling hand-painted Easter eggs, embroidered lace, glassware and other handicrafts.

Jakarta, Indonesia

Known for its bright lights and big city energy, Jakarta is one of the most popular vacation spots in Southeast Asia. But the capital of Indonesia isn’t just skyscrapers and shopping. It’s also a complex tapestry of Dutch colonial buildings, unique museums and a rich heritage that shows itself through its people, food and culture. For all things art, head to the RUCI Art Space, located in the trendy Senopati neighborhood, and then to the National Gallery of Indonesia. If you have kids in tow (or even if you don’t), you’ll also want to visit the Museum Layang-Layang. Set inside a traditional Indonesian house, this kite museum explores the origin of kite flying and displays an impressive collection, including 2D and 3D kites.


Bangkok is particularly appealing to visitors seeking the thrill of a big city and also the appeal of the surrounding small towns and villages. Hold onto your hat as you venture on a tuk-tuk ride around town, take in the city’s skyline at the King Power Mahanakhon SkyWalk and marvel at the Emerald Buddha at the sacred temple grounds of Wat Phra Kaew. Though you’ll surely be offered pad thai from dozens of street food hawkers, don’t limit yourself to this familiar food. Try other noodle dishes, spicy curries and slurpy soups that may be less known but just as delicious. If Michelin-starred is more your style, don’t miss Sorn or Le Du, where you’ll be treated to Thai cuisine with a twist — and a seasonally rotating menu.

Whether you’re seeking adrenaline and adventure, or culture and craveable cuisine, travel in the new year is full of possibilities. Consider what you want from your next vacation, start planning and get ready to enjoy the year ahead. It’s 2024, and it’s time to explore!

Cassandra Brooklyn is a freelance writer and guidebook author specializing in travel, accessibility, sustainability and all things outdoors. Originally hailing from the Midwest, she now lives in New York City but escapes to adventures around the world as often as possible. As the caregiver of a disabled parent - and as a hyper involved auntie of three - Cassandra is especially passionate about accessible, inclusive and multi-generational travel. She's the author of the cycling guidebook, Cuba By Bike, has contributed to multiple guidebooks about Egypt, Portugal and the United States, and has bylines in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Forbes, The Daily Beast and Lonely Planet, among others.

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