Tokyo Was Just Named the World's Top Trending Travel Destination of 2024

The new ranking for our new year was based on millions of traveler reviews.

Regardless of what is on your 2024 vision board, I'm betting you wouldn't turn down the chance to have an amazing vacation this year. It's an involved process that requires planning, money, and patience. But even with all of those details to handle, the amount you'll enjoy the experience sometimes depends on picking the right place to go. Fortunately, Tripadvisor exists and they've got you covered for the top places to go with its just-announced Travelers' Choice Best of the Best Destination Awards.

The winners of this list were determined by actual travelers and their feedback on the Tripadvisor website, in reviews left between October 1, 2022 and September 30, 2023. That's millions of real experiences forming these suggestions, not an AI-generated ranking or a single travel expert making recommendations.

"With 94% of Americans planning to travel as much, if not more, than last year, enthusiasm is high and this year's list of Travelers' Choice Best of the Best Destinations really reflects that excitement," Sarah Firshein, head of editorial at Tripadvisor, said in a statement. "Winners like Dubai, Tokyo, Paris, and Marrakech indicate that our community has an unbridled appetite for destinations with vibrant arts-and-culture scenes, top-notch restaurants, and seemingly limitless attractions and experiences."

Last year's top trending destination was Cuba, which is still listed as the top cultural destination in Tripadvisor's 2024 trendcast. These are the top-rated international travel destinations for 2024, according to Tripadvisor:
1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2. Bali, Indonesia
3. London
4. Hanoi, Vietnam
5. Rome
6. Paris
7. Cancun, Mexico
8. Marrakech
9. Crete, Greece
10. Hoi An, Vietnam

Don’t have a passport yet? Don't worry. Tripadvisor also has a list of the top-rated travel destinations within the US as well. You find a mix of beach towns, wine country, wide open spaces, and city exploration among the list.
1. New York City
2. Oahu, Hawaii
3. Las Vegas
4. New Orleans
5. Miami Beach
6. Maui, Hawaii
7. Nashville
8. Charleston, South Carolina
9. Chicago
10. Key West, Florida

Want to head to the destinations everyone seems to be talking about? Tripadvisor has already collected the top trending destinations as well, which have seen growing year over year interest, according to the site's internal data.

Here are the top trending 2024 international destinations:
1. Tokyo
2. Seoul
3. Halong Bay, Vietnam
4. Palawan Island, Philippines
5. Sapa, Vietnam
6. Bogota, Colombia
7. Pattaya, Thailand
8. Alajuela, Costa Rica
9. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
10. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Here are the top trending domestic destinations:
1. Napa, California
2. St. Petersburg, Florida
3. Marathon, Florida
4. Brooklyn, New York
5. Provincetown, Massachusetts
6. West Yellowstone, Montana
7. Homer, Alaska
8. Eureka Springs, Arkansas
9. Portland, Oregon
10. Kanab, Utah

If you want even more inspiration you can head to Tripadvisor's full list of recommendations for 2024, which includes can't-miss activities and a breakdown of the best trips to go on depending on your interests, whether that's food, nature, or culture. There's also a feature that sorts out the top sustainable destinations (Tripadvisor has named Copenhagen and Stockholm as the top two), and the best destinations for honeymooners (think Bali and Hoi An).

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Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. She holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Journalism from NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She's worked in digital media for eight years, and before working at Thrillist, she wrote for Mic, The Cut, The Fader, Vice, and other publications. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.