The 15 Best Places to Visit in 2024

Looking for the best destinations to add to your travel list this year? As we ring in the New Year this year, it’s time to chat all about the hottest trending travel spots for 2024! If you are wondering where to jetset off to next year, I’ve got you covered. Each of the destinations below offers relaxation, adventure, and unforgettable memories to be made whether you are traveling solo or with your partner or family. Get ready to be INSPIRED and book those plane tickets!! Here we go!

15 Best Places to Visit in 2024

1. Los Cabos, Mexico

If you haven’t already experienced the magic of Los Cabos, you need to head to this Mexican desert-meets-coastal gem in 2024!! This slice of Mexican paradise blends relaxation and adventure in a way that nowhere else can. Whether I’m lounging on the golden sands, sipping spicy margs under the sun (basically all I did on my 30th birthday trip to Cabo with friends!), or exploring the vibrant local culture, Cabo and the Los Cabos area delivers every time. And don’t forget to visit El Arco – that massive rock formation is like nature’s work of art. It’s THE spot for a breathtaking sunset photo op. Los Cabos is calling, and it’s time to answer!

JETSET TIP: I travel to Cabo year round, and you can find great weather year-round, but the water will be much cooler in the winter, and there is also a hurricane season (Sept/Oct). So the best time to visit IMO is March – July! These months bring dry, sunny days, which are ideal for enjoying the beach and warm ocean.

2. Japan

I first visited Japan eight years ago (it was the first Asian country I ever visited!!), but I recently went back, and man is Japan a dream destination!!! Japan is a beautiful country where you can wander around historic temples in Kyoto, visit beautiful towns, see the sights of Mt. Fuji, and bop through the city of Tokyo and all of its bright lights, busy streets, and incredible food. No matter where you go, it is an adventure for your senses! If you can, I highly recommend going during cherry blossom season in the spring or during their very colorful autumn. I have a 10-day travel guide here, or if you are looking for a condensed version, my 3-day guide to Tokyo can be found here!! We recently traveled to Japan with our toddler, and I think it’s an amazingly family-friendly travel destination

JETSET TIP: Go during cherry blossom season in spring which is usually around the last week of March through the first week of April.

3. Anguilla

Anguilla is a Caribbean paradise famous for its flawless beaches and relaxed vibe, making it at the top of my list of the best places to travel in 2024! When I think about Anguilla, I think about recharging my soul on some of the whitest, softest sand you will ever see. It is truly a sun-soaked haven!! But it’s not just an island for sunbathing – the local culture is where the real treasure lies. Reggae beats, delectable seafood, and colorful reefs for snorkeling adventures can all be found here. Imagine yourself in a hammock, sipping a rum punch, and you’re on the right track!! Kenny and I spent time here on our babymoon before Harrison was born, and I can’t WAIT to go back!

JETSET TIP: If you are heading to Anguilla, you will want to stay at one of these luxurious resorts (trust me, it’s 100% worth the $$$!). Mark your calendars for a visit between December and April to get the most out of those sunny days!!!

4. The Maldives

Possibly my favorite place in the world, The Maldives is an absolute must-visit travel destination in 2024!! It’s also one of my favorite places and a top recommendation for dreamy honeymoon destinations. Why do I recommend it so often? Who wouldn’t fall in love with the crystal-clear waters, picture-perfect views, and amazing overwater bungalows?! Despite being popular as an ultimate luxury and romantic honeymoon destination, you may be surprised to find out that Maldives is also a baby and kid-friendly destination, making it a perfect jaunt for family getaways, too! (we recently went with our 9-month-old and it was amazing!)

JETSET TIP: November to April ensures the best season to visit the Maldives for good weather.

5. Mayakoba, Mexico

Mayakoba is another top travel destination you don’t want to miss! This hidden gem of the Riviera Maya area of Mexico is a vast area of 620 acres with lagoons, jungles, and beaches along Mexico’s east coast. It’s basically a super-safe, gated community that includes luxurious private estates and dreamy resorts!! If you’re all about nature and luxury, then you’ll absolutely love Mayakoba. You can explore nature trails, charter a private yacht, enjoy tennis, try archery, or play golf on world-class courses!!

Read this post to find out where to stay in Mayakoba for every type of trip

JETSET TIP: Escape the winter chill between December and April for sun-soaked days!

6. Portugal

Portugal is such an amazing destination, and it’s no wonder it’s one of the trendiest destinations of 2024. Portugal offers history, beaches, and delicious pastries (and some of my favorite wines!). Lisbon is a historic city with charming neighborhoods and soulful music. Portugal’s coastline boasts golden beaches and hidden coves like Praia da Marinha, which is 100% a must-see! 

JETSET TIP: Like many European countries, Portugal is very kid-friendly, so feel free to bring the whole family!

7. Cartagena, Colombia

If you know me, you know I loooove Colombia and spend time here each year since our business manufactures in Colombia! One of my absolute favorite Colombian cities is Cartagena with its burst of colors, colonial architecture, and history. The Old Town of Cartagena feels like stepping back in time with its charming streets and historic squares. Sip on some Colombian coffee over a bouganvillea-laced rooftop before heading out shopping and dining in town, or on an adventure to a nearby island. If you’re like me and you love bright cultures and great food, then you’ll definitely love what this Colombian city has to offer.

JETSET TIP: Colombian is KNOWN for their coffee! Find out why here! I always pack so much Colombian coffee in my suitcase home from every trip. 

8. Bora Bora

Often in a battle with the Maldives of “which luxury travel destination is the best in the world,” Bora Bora has it ALL! Turquoise water, fancy overwater bungalows, and a romantic, adventurous, and luxurious vibe.

JETSET TIP: Looking for the best place to stay in Bora Bora? Here are my top recs.

9. Bali

Bali, the Island of the Gods, is your tropical wonderland for 2024. If you’re a long-time follower, you probably know I’ve traveled to Bali countless times and even lived here (and got engaged here!!). Many people postponed trips to Bali during pandemic-times when the country was closed to visitors, but it’s wide open again which means it’s the perfect time to visit.

Bali is full of lush nature, rich culture, luxurious resorts, and drop-dead gorgeous beaches! Explore the forests in Ubud, bask on the beach in Uluwatu, catch a gorgeous vibey sunset session in Canggu, or have some of the best food in the world in Seminyak. And do not skip out on alllll of the Bali spas!! I promise you you will come back renewed mind, body, and spirit.

JETSET TIP: If you have never visited Bali before, be sure to read this post before you go to avoid the 10 biggest mistakes first-timers usually make!

10. Healdsburg, CA

Healdsburg, a cute and quaint California wine-country town nestled in the heart of Sonoma County, is the ultimate paradise if you’re a wine lover like me. This charming town offers a delightful blend of world-class wineries, picturesque vineyards, and a laid-back atmosphere. Beyond wine, Healdsburg is also known for its farm-to-table dining, artisanal cheeses, and outdoor activities like cycling and hiking.

JETSET TIP: Not sure what to wear wine tasting? I’ve got you covered!!

11. New Zealand

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, then this land of breathtaking landscapes is for you!! Imagine exploring the South Island, where you’ll find the stunning Milford Sound and the icy Franz Josef Glacier. Whether you’re into hiking, skiing, or simply relaxing among nature’s beauty, New Zealand offers it all. From the enchanting fjords in national parks to the geothermal wonders of Rotorua and the adrenaline-fueled adventures in Queenstown, this island nation is a playground for nature enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike. You can enjoy quiet moments at Lake Tekapo, while vibrant cities like Auckland and Wellington showcase culture and creativity.

JETSET TIP: February is the best time to visit New Zealand if you’re trying to get amazing deals on accommodations!

12. Maui

If you’ve never been to Maui, then 2024 is the best time to visit this beautiful island in Hawaii. It’s a place where lush rainforests meet volcanic landscapes for an adventure of a lifetime. And to top all that, Maui has some of the best luxe resorts in the world (like The Four Seasons Maui, Hotel Wailea, Relais & Chateau,The Grand Wailea, Montage Kapalua, and Westin Maui) among others. If you’re planning to visit Maui next year, be sure to check out my Maui Travel Guide for the best hotel recommendations.

JETSET TIP: The best time to go to Maui is in the spring (April to May) or fall (September to November). It’s not too hot, and there are fewer people compared to the busy summer and winter times. This means you can enjoy the island without dealing with big crowds.

13. Mendoza, Argentina

Another wine lover’s paradise, Mendoza, Argentina is a beautiful spot surrounded by vineyards in the picturesque Andes Mountains. You can tour vineyards, taste amazing wines, and even join the grape harvest. And don’t miss out on visiting renowned wineries like Bodega Catena Zapata and Achaval-Ferrer.  For outdoor enthusiasts, drive along the scenic National Route 7 to witness the breathtaking Aconcagua, or go in the Andes or horseback riding through the lush vineyards!!

JETSET TIP: For a truly unique cultural experience, visit Mendoza during the grape harvest festival known as “Vendimia,” which typically takes place around March to May.

14.Tuscany

 

Tuscany is the best place to sip your Chianti while taking in the stunning views and it’s also a food lover’s dream!!! Eat your heart out with delicious Tuscan dishes like Ribollita and Pappa Al Pomodoro, and you have to stop by Florence and try the famous Florentine steak. I love visiting Florence, and the charming villages of Siena, San Gimignano, and Lucca. And while there is plenty to do, honestly the magic of Tuscany is just taking things SLOW and relaxing in the heart of the Italian countryside. I recommend signing up for a cooking class (this is the one we did, they were WONDERFUL!!! Let them know I sent you!) one of the days you’re there!

JETSET TIP: Plan your trip to Tuscany in late spring (April to May) and early autumn (September to October). During these times, the Tuscan countryside is alive with bright colors, and the weather is oh so just perfect!! Not sure what to pack? Read this post for the ultimate Italy packing list.

15. South Africa

If you’re looking for the perfect adventure this year, visit South Africa!!! South Africa is hands down one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been in the world where you can go for the South Africa safari trips in Kruger National Park, snap some stunning views on the Garden Route, and learn a little bit of history on Robben Island. Best of all, you get to experience the different cultures at Cape Town’s markets and enjoy traditional Zulu customs!! 

JETSET TIP: The best time to go is from May to September, which is ideal for wildlife safari tours. During dry season, animals are easy to spot since they gather around water sources.

If you’re planning to visit anytime soon, don’t forget to check out my other travel posts (linked below) for some of the best personal recommendations on resorts, hotels, restaurants and the things to do!!

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