As the globe spins into 2024, the quest for the ultimate vacation spot becomes as heated as a Greek isle at noon, as diverse as the landscapes of Vietnam, and as luxurious as a Parisian boutique. From the emerald embrace of St. Lucia to the cerulean dreams of French Polynesia, from the architectural awe of Dubai to the volcanic vigor of Hawaii’s Big Island, this year’s top vacation spots promise adventures that are as varied as they are vibrant. Whether you’re yearning for the timeless allure of Greece, the enchanting streets of Paris, or the immersive cultural tapestry of Vietnam, our curated list of 2024’s top 7 vacation destinations is your first-class ticket to unforgettable experiences. Buckle up, traveler; it’s time to explore where the world can take you when every destination is a masterpiece, every moment is a memory, and every journey is a jewel.

1. Saint LuciaSt. Lucia

If you’ve got blue waters, white sand, and unlimited pina coladas on your mind, a vacation package in Saint Lucia is calling your name. Besides jaw-dropping scenery and landscape, the island of Saint Lucia has so much to offer travelers of all interests and needs. Thrill-seekers will love all the water sports from scuba diving to parasailing, while nature lovers will appreciate the island’s natural beauty and picturesque hikes. Saint Lucia is also home to some pretty awesome volcano sites, and after a long day of gazing in wonder, you can take a load off and relax at hot sulfur springs that are conveniently located on the road up to the volcano. 

2. ParisParis

Paris is always a good idea — and makes for the perfect post-pandemic getaway. The best part about Paris is that it’s magical in every season, so there are no seasonal restrictions to worry about, and you will have an exquisite holiday no matter the time of year you visit.

We recommend reserving a day or two to see all the Paris landmarks, like the Eiffel Tower (go at night!), Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, and any other iconic Paris sights on your bucket list. Then, use the rest of your time in Paris to stroll the streets like a Parisian. Pop into a flower shop and buy a fresh bouquet for your hotel room, grab a croissant and cafe au lait, stop at a local farmers market, and overall do things that make you happy. Living like a Parisian means taking the time to stop and appreciate the small things. Pack your rosé colored glasses and stroll the streets to experience the ultimate Parisian “joie de vivre.” 

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3. Bora BoraBora, Bora is an incredible place to take a honeymoon

French Polynesia is a small island that is overflowing with beauty. The island is home to a dormant volcano that fans out into a lush jungle before eventually spilling into an aquamarine lagoon. Bora Bora is home to many luxury resorts — some even have over-the-water private villas for a totally romantic and secluded getaway. The best part is that Bora Bora still remains a relatively low-visited country, meaning it is an untouched paradise. There are no crowds and areas that are overflowing with tourists in Bora Bora, which lends to the island’s chill vibes. French Polynesia is one of the purest spots on the planet — so take deep breaths and enjoy the ultimate relaxing vacation.

4. GreeceRed Beach in Santorini, Greece

Greece was one of the first countries to reopen to Americans after the pandemic, and we are so grateful! The breathtaking Greek islands are a must-see travel destination, so why wait any longer to experience Athens‘ deep-rooted history and culture, Santorini’s iconic blue roofs, and Mykonos‘ vibrant club scene surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea?

Eat fresh olives and seafood, experience the deep flavor profiles of Greek wine and ouzo, and of course, grab a late-night or mid-afternoon gyro for a cheap and mouthwatering snack.

From organized beaches with sunbeds and umbrellas to beach bars and clubs where the party doesn’t stop to more secluded and peaceful beaches — Greece has a beach for everybody!

The Greek islands have a rich history and are home to many of the world’s historical sites. Ancient architecture lovers will marvel at the sight of architecture dated back to 900 B.C. 

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5. The Big Island, HawaiiBig Island, Hawaii

The Big Island, officially named Hawaii, is the largest of Hawaii’s islands. The Big Island is home to 12 of the world’s 14 climate zones and has one of the most dynamic landscapes on Earth. On the Big Island, you can experience rocky beaches, sandy beaches, New Zealand-style pastures, and rain forests filled with beautiful orchids and waterfalls. There’s also snow on the Big Island! It dusts the peak of the Mauna Kea Volcano — the world’s tallest mountain when measured from seafloor to peak. 

Though Hawaii is the largest of the Hawaiian islands, it’s also the most sparsely populated. Only about 170,000 residents call the Big Island home. For tourists, this means fewer crowds to deal with and more space to spread your towel on one of the island’s dozens of beaches.

Want an Instagram photo that will knock your followers’ socks off? There’s a green sand beach on the Big Island! The accumulation of semi-precious silicate crystals causes the beach to be green. The trek to the green sand beach called Punaluu is a bit arduous but well worth it. It’s a 2.5-mile drive (though unauthorized cars are not allowed, so if you don’t feel like hiking, you’ll have to catch a ride with the locals), followed by a rocky walk leading to a strikingly beautiful and mesmerizing green sand beach. Take a dive into the cool, blue waters and lie down for a while in the green sand. We’ve even seen people cliff-jumping into the water.

The cuisine on the Big Island is out of this world with every kind of poke bowl and fresh fish you can imagine to shave ice (not shaved!), taro, and roasted pork. You’ll definitely want to pack your appetite on your trip to Hawaii’s Big Island.

6. Dubai Dubai

Dubai’s dizzying skyscrapers, extensive five-star hotel offerings, and man-made islands make it a sight to see. Dubai is perfect for the eco-conscious traveler. You can get a glimpse of Vision 2021 at work by visiting Dubai’s Sustainable City, a net-zero-energy metropolis within Dubai. In the Sustainable City, solar panels shade parking spaces, a buffer zone of trees naturally purifies the air, and greenhouses pave the way for urban farming. There are even some hotels in Dubai that are pushing to recycle all wastewater.

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Dubai offers diverse cuisine for the foodie traveler and features Lebanese, Indian, and French influences. Try stuffed camel, a local dish cooked on a spitfire over an open flame, and chicken shawarma from a street vendor, and save room for some esh hasarya, a cake that is like cheesecake with a cream frosting. 

7. VietnamVietnam

Vietnam’s dramatic landscapes, fascinating history, delectable food, and vibrant energy make it one of our must-see destinations for 2021. Vietnam is famous for having some of the best street food in the world, meaning you’ll be able to dine deliciously on a budget. As the world’s second-biggest coffee producer, Vietnam is also home to exquisite coffee. From specialty coffee shops to street vendors, you can find coffee around virtually every corner and down every alleyway in Vietnam. The Vietnamese serve their coffee with sweetened condensed milk for a delicious boost of sweetness.

Vietnam is also home to the biggest cave in the world, Son Dong Cave. The cave was first explored in 2009 and did not open to tourists until 2012. This cave is reserved for skilled explorers, but there are many other caves in Vietnam that are more accessible. 

A trip to Vietnam would not be complete without going to the local markets. Vietnamese markets are in a league of their own and sell everything from clothing and fabric to dried baby shrimp. Allow yourself ample time to get lost in the rows upon rows of the market — a great place to find inexpensive and unique souvenirs to bring home.

 

This year is shaping up to be an exciting year full of new beginnings. What better way to take advantage of the world by heading out to explore new areas and make new memories? Use this list as your guide and start planning an unforgettable vacation today!

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