Lonely Planet, the renowned travel guide, has just revealed its exclusive list of the world’s top ten regions to explore in 2024. From rugged Scottish landscapes to the sun-soaked Swahili coast of Africa, these regions offer unforgettable travel experiences.
10 – Far North Scotland
While Scotland’s well-known landmarks, such as Edinburgh Castle and Loch Lomond, attract crowds, the pristine beauty of the Far North remains an undiscovered gem for travellers.
9 – Saalfelden Leogang, Austria
Saalfelden Leogang, Austria, is an oasis for nature enthusiasts. It offers breathtaking limestone peaks, exhilarating mountain bike trails, mountaintop Bach concerts, and serene snowshoeing experiences.
8 – Montana, USA
Montana, the “Big Sky State,” has earned its place among the top regions with its majestic landscapes and a growing focus on conservation and cultural preservation.
7 – Swahili Coast, Tanzania
The Swahili Coast, on Tanzania’s eastern shores, has a rich history of welcoming visitors along ancient trade routes from Arabia, India, and China.
6 – Southern Thailand
Southern Thailand beckons with deserted beaches, traditional fishing villages, and lush national parks. Its deep-rooted history adds a layer of mystique to its ornate charm.
5 – País Vasco, Spain
País Vasco, or Euskadi as known by the Basques, boasts an endlessly captivating region on Spain’s northern coast, bordering southwest France.
4 – Donegal, Ireland
Donegal, with its extensive coastline and over 100 pristine beaches, offers travellers secluded moments in unspoiled natural beauty.
3 – Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany epitomises “la dolce vita” with its idyllic Italian countryside, where life is sweet and serene.
2 – Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Kangaroo Island, just a 40-minute flight from Adelaide, Australia, provides isolation and breathtaking coastlines, making it one of the best regions globally for tourism.
1 – Western Balkans’ Trans Dinarica Cycling Route
Topping the list is the Trans Dinarica Cycling Route, set to launch in 2024. This 3364km bicycle trail will connect the Western Balkans, weaving through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo, and Serbia. A truly groundbreaking and exciting journey awaits those who venture to this remarkable destination.
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