In November, National Geographic unveiled its “The Cool List for 2024,” a collection of 30 global destinations deemed the most thrilling places to visit in the upcoming year.
Europe dominates the list with 13 locations, including a train journey spanning the entire continent. The most thrilling travel destinations for 2024 in Europe include:

Albanian Alps
Belfast, Ireland
Emilia-Romagna, Italy
European train journey
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire, Scotland
Nordland, Norway
North Yorkshire, England
Pompeii, Italy
Saimaa, Finland
Tartu, Estonia
The Euros, Germany
Valletta, Malta

Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

A standout European location is Tartu in Estonia. According to Nat Geo, Estonians regard the city as the “cultural and spiritual heart of the country.” Located 110 miles from Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, Tartu hosts the country’s oldest university, is designated by UNESCO as a city of literature, and has been chosen as one of the Cultural Capitals of Europe for 2024.

In America, the most thrilling destinations for 2024 include:

Atacama Desert, Chile
Lima, Peru
New York City, USA
Miami, Florida, USA

Nova Scotia, Canada

Texas, USA
Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
Iberá Wetlands, Argentina
Three destinations in the USA ranked among the most thrilling for 2024. Texas stands out on the list as central Texas will offer a view of the total solar eclipse set for April 8, 2024. Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Austin are expected to provide the best views of this astronomical event.

In Africa:

Akagera, Rwanda
Andrefana Dry Forest, Madagascar
Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone is a country to watch in 2024. The international airport in Freetown underwent significant renovations in 2023, and many roads are also being upgraded. Sierra Leone set to open its first Hilton hotel next year.

In Asia:

Sikkim, India
Tainan, Taiwan
Xi’an, China
Sikkim in India, one of the country’s smallest states, is highlighted. Khangchendzonga National Park in Sikkim is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region offers visitors opportunities for trekking and views of mountain monasteries.


Victoria, Australia
While Australia is known for its beaches, Victoria has a rich history with mineral-rich hot springs. The report highlights the Great Victoria Bathing Trail, a 560-mile road trip connecting thermal springs and sea baths across Melbourne.