Lonely Planet (LP) recently released its list Best in travel 2024 Which showcases the 50 best places in the world to go to next year.
We recommend 10 countries, 10 regions, 10 cities (including Montreal in third place!), 10 good-value destinations and 10 hotspots for sustainable tourism. Here we have collected some particularly inspiring suggestions for outdoor and adventure enthusiasts.
10 places you can go on an adventure in 2024 according to Lonely Planet:
Nicaragua is the perfect budget destination in Central America, and a beautiful land for adventure. We go there for the surf, the jungle, the sea, the islands, the colonial villages, and, bonus, to see the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 on top of a volcano!
2. Portuguese Camino de Santiago (Portugal and Spain)
There are many “Caminos de Compostela”, these pilgrimage trails to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The ‘Portuguese Route’ begins in charming Lisbon and passes through Portugal’s cities and towns such as Coimbra, Porto and Barcelos, as well as a variety of landscapes over a distance of over 620 kilometres.
3. Patagonia (Chile and Argentina)
Straddling Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is on the LP list for 2024 due to its new trails and rewilding programmes. But travelers go there above all for its vast expanses of wilderness and great classics: the glaciers of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park or the peaks of Chile’s Torres del Paine, where the famous 80-kilometre winding W Trek is located.
4. Saalfelden Leogang, Austria
In summer and winter, the Austrian Alps are an outdoor enthusiast’s delight as well as picturesque. Saalfelden Leogang, popular for skiing and mountain biking, is about 1 hour from Salzburg. Lonely Planet pays tribute to its nature and the greening of its mountain resort, its spas, its sunsets, its mountain parties and its zip line that runs at a speed of 130 km/h!
LP explains that to the amazing imagination of an increasing number of travelers (including the author of these lines), Greenland will become even more accessible in 2024, due to the opening of two international airports. Among the adventures that can be undertaken here: kayaking across icebergs, tundra hiking, searching for the Northern Lights, and cultural discoveries in Nuuk, the postcard-worthy capital.
Despite its horrific earthquake in September 2023, Morocco could wind up in the coming months, in particular, with the launch of a direct flight between Montreal and Marrakesh via Transat. Between trekking in the desert, surfing in Taghazout, hiking in the High Atlas Mountains and strolls through the souks, our eyes are certainly full.
Horse riding in the heart of the steppe, nights in a tent under the stars, discovering nomadic traditions, exploring the Gobi Desert… Mongolia is a landlocked country located between China and Russia, a country that few visit, but with so much to do, a dream for intrepid travelers looking for different experiences. And untouched spaces.
8. County Donegal, Ireland
With its wild, memorable beauty, County Donegal borders Northern Ireland and the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean. LP recalls that it is here that the highest coastal cliffs in Europe are located. There are also plenty of deserted beaches (favored by reckless surfers) and little-used coastal walking trails. County Donegal is part of the Wild Atlantic Way, a more than 2,600km coastal route with stunning scenery.
9. Southern Lakes and Central Otago, New Zealand
Whoever says the foreign destination says New Zealand! Located in the south of the South Island, these Lord of the Rings-style mountainous areas offer meditative hikes and an adrenaline rush. To try the latter, don’t miss Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World”, where hiking, bungee jumping, hang-gliding, paragliding and skydiving abound.
10. Montana, United States
We go to Montana to enjoy the mountains, prairies, ranches, hot springs, skiing and Glacier National Park. The latter alone is home to 700 miles of hiking trails and is considered by Lonely Planet to be one of the most luxurious places in the United States. Nothing less.