Top destinations for slow travel in 2024, according to Travel Lemming

We are moving on from the era of the ‘revenge trip’ when people were desperate to take trips to make up for lost time during the lockdown periods at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to research from Morning Consult, pent-up travel demand is now declining, meaning the rush holiday trend is over. Travel Lemming, an online travel guide, wants everyone to use this time to take a more relaxed approach to travel in 2024.

The guide released its list of the 50 best places to travel in 2024 this week, with an emphasis on slow travel. Slow travel, for the uninitiated, is a more sustainable way to travel, focused on local communities and less mass-produced and high-volume travel. The list prioritizes more remote destinations and “hidden local gems” in addition to local destinations.

“2024 will be the year travelers choose immersive experiences over crowded itineraries,” said Nate Hake, CEO of Travel Lemming, in a statement. Our list is full of destinations perfect for slower sightseeing trips. For example, the opening of the long-awaited Mayan Train will allow more travelers to unlock the magic of the Yucatan, one of my favorite underrated travel destinations in the world.”

Let’s get into that list. The top 10 has a great mix of destinations in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. First up is Yucatan, Mexico, which is expected to become more popular with travelers next year with the opening of the Maya Train, which will connect the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo.

“We are thrilled to have been selected by Travel Lemming as the World’s Best Travel Destination for 2024,” said Michelle Friedman Hirsch, Yucatan’s tourism minister, in a statement. “Yucatan is home to seven magical cities, hundreds of haciendas and cenotes, [235 miles] on a coastline with calm waters in emerald green and turquoise blue, Chichen Itza, one of the wonders of the modern world, and 20 other archaeological sites to visit.”

In total, the list includes 15 locations in Europe, seven in Asia, two in South America, two in Oceania, two in Africa, five in North America (non-US), and 17 in the United States. You can see the full list below and learn more about TravelLemming.com’s destinations.

1. Yucatan, Mexico
2. Gizo, Solomon Islands
3. Stavanger, Norway
4. Antigua, Guatemala
5. Memphis, Tennessee
6. Phu Quoc, Vietnam
7. St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
8. Kodiak, Alaska
9. Guatape, Colombia
10. Eureka Springs, Arkansas
11. Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
12. Tunisia
13. Chiriqui Province, Panama
14. Vashon Island, Washington
15. Manchester, Great Britain
16. Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
17. Ljubljana, Slovenia
18. Taipei, Taiwan
19. Wales (Wales)
20. Iquitos, Peru
21. Quincy, Massachusetts
22. Tbilisi, Georgia
23. Turkey
24. Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic
25. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
26. Genoa, Italy
27. Sao Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal
28. Essaouira, Morocco
29. Jacksonville, Florida
30. North Sumatra, Indonesia
31. Ranthambore National Park, India
32. Biarritz, France
33. Spring Green, Wisconsin
34. Sintra, Portugal
35. Cuenca, Spain
36. Maunabo, Puerto Rico
37. Marseille, France
38. Frisco, Texas
39. Mount Cotton, Queensland, Australia
40. Inverness, Scotland
41. Steamboat Springs, Colorado
42. Bisbee, Arizona
43. Townsend, Tennessee
44. Klamath Falls, Oregon
45. Oviedo, Spain
46. ​​Sant’Agnello, Italy
47. Hoboken, New Jersey
48. Jenner, California
49. Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
50. Takayama, Japan

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