Here is Steve’s Top 10 International Travel Destinations for 2024

Here is Steve’s Top 10 International Travel Destinations for 2024

International travel is expected to continue to be hot in 2024. Listed below is our top 10 international travel destinations (both regions and cities) for the year ahead. Three of the destinations I have identified as (Beat the heat) destinations for those looking for cooler summer vacation alternatives.

1. Greece – While Italy often takes the top spot for travel to Europe, Greece is where all the sizzle is in 2024. Greece is a timeless destination steeped in amazing history and culture and beckons travelers with its breathtaking landscapes, ancient ruins, and vibrant Mediterranean spirit. With its warm hospitality, golden beaches, and a myriad of islands to explore, Greece captivates the imagination of those seeking both relaxation and adventure. Whether basking in the sun-drenched islands or exploring historical marvels, Greece showcases a destination where past and present harmoniously coexist, offering a captivating and unforgettable experience for every traveler.

2. Italy – Italy, perennially atop European travel lists, is a realm of timeless beauty and cultural opulence that enchants with its captivating landscapes, historic marvels, and culinary wonders. From Venice’s romantic canals to Rome’s ancient treasures, Italy weaves a rich tapestry of history and passion. Indulge in the delights of la dolce vita with pasta, wine, and gelato. Whether wandering through Florence’s art-filled streets, relaxing on the Amalfi Coast’s beaches, or savoring Naples’ authentic pizza, Italy beckons seasoned travelers back. In 2024, the spotlight turns to Umbria, as Americans seeking an authentic Italian experience venture beyond the tourist-laden Tuscan landscape.

3. Scandinavia (Beat the heat) – The countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland, present a tapestry of landscapes ranging from fjords and mountains to picturesque coastlines and the mesmerizing Northern Lights. Scandinavian cities, such as Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo, exude a sophisticated charm, seamlessly combining modern design with historical architecture. The heat wave of 2023 is making travel to Scandinavia during the summer of 2024 the “in-place” to travel to avoid the summer heat of southern Europe.

4. Australia and New Zealand (Beat the heat) – The Southern Hemisphere’s dynamic duo, Australia and New Zealand, is where diverse landscapes, vibrant cultures, and thrilling adventures converge. In Australia, marvel at the Sydney Opera House, dive into the Great Barrier Reef, and venture through the rugged Outback. In New Zealand, traverse lush fjords, discover Rotorua’s geothermal wonders, and bask in the warm hospitality of Kiwi culture. From the cosmopolitan vibes of Melbourne and Auckland to pristine beaches and snow-capped mountains, these destinations promise unforgettable experiences in 2024. Plus, escape winter in the states and embrace summer down under in 2024.

5. England (Beat the heat) – England is often the easiest country for Americans to visit as there is no language barrier and much of history is in common. Most Americans can recall the iconic landmarks like London’s Tower and West End blend seamlessly with the picturesque countryside Add to that the historic cities like Oxford and Bath, and the dramatic coastlines of Cornwall. From charming villages to historic castles, England is the easy button for most first time American tourists. Also it is at the top of the list for many people who want to beat the summer heat of southern Europe.

6. Portugal – I call Portugal Europe’s hidden gem, where Old World charm meets vibrant modernity. From the colorful streets of Lisbon to the golden beaches of the Algarve, travelers are drawn to enchanting alleys in Porto and the vineyard-covered hills of the Douro Valley. With a warm Mediterranean climate, friendly locals, and a blend of historic and contemporary attractions, Portugal invites you to experience a destination seamlessly combining tradition with a fresh, dynamic spirit. Whether savoring port wine, enjoying Fado music, or wandering historic cobblestone streets, Portugal promises an unforgettable, authentic journey in 2024.

7. Japan – Japan is back in style after a COVID hiatus. From Kyoto’s cherry blossoms to Tokyo’s vibrant streets, Japan captivates travelers with diverse landscapes and cultural richness. Immerse yourself in exquisite sushi, unwind in rejuvenating Onsen hot springs, and marvel at ancient temples. Whether exploring the countryside, partaking in tea ceremonies, or exploring the innovation hubs like Osaka and Tokyo, Japan promises a captivating adventure where centuries-old rituals harmonize with cutting-edge technology for an unforgettable experience in 2024.

8. Kenya and Tanzania – One of the most thrilling trips of all time is an African safari in Kenya and Tanzania, where the majestic landscapes serve as a backdrop to iconic wildlife encounters. From the Great Migration on the Serengeti to the elephants of Amboseli, experience the awe of untamed nature. Immerse yourself in Maasai culture, staying in luxurious lodges and tented camps that blend comfort with the wild. Capture sunrise over Kilimanjaro, witness lions on the Savannah, and explore the Ngorongoro Crater. This journey promises unforgettable moments in the heart of Africa’s wilderness.

9. Istanbul, Turkey  – Istanbul is an often overlooked destination. There is something magical about  Istanbul, Turkey, where ancient wonders of the East meet modern vibrancy of the West. Top attractions include exploring the iconic Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, soaking in the bustling energy of the Grand Bazaar, and cruising the scenic Bosporus Strait for panoramic views. Travelers indulge themselves  in Turkish delights and aromatic coffee in charming neighborhoods like Sultanahmet. Istanbul offers a unique blend of rich history and contemporary allure, promising an unforgettable experience for travelers seeking a captivating destination. Turkish Airlines is home-based there and offers free stopovers so even if Istanbul is not your final destination you should add it to your itinerary.

10. Hong Kong – It is time to visit Hong Kong, where modern skyscrapers meet ancient temples. Dive into vibrant markets, savor dim sum delights, and ascend Victoria Peak for breathtaking city views. Travelers can explore cultural gems like Man Mo Temple and historic neighborhoods, immersing themselves  in a dynamic cityscape that seamlessly marries East-meets-West charm. Hong Kong offers a thrilling and unforgettable cosmopolitan adventure for those seeking a rich cultural experience. It is somewhat like Las Vegas meets New York City. 

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