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A Travel Expert Reacts to the New York Times’ Top 2024 Travel Destinations

Golden hour in the Place des Vosges, in the Marais district of Paris, one of my top 2024 travel destinations ©Stephanie Dosch

Join me on a journey around the world as I react to the New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2024”.

In my latest YouTube video, I’m examining the prestigious list with my travel expert eye, and bringing in some of my own personal experiences. Tune in to see which destinations stood out to me and why, including bustling cities, serene natural wonders, and ancient ruins.

For each, I’m offering an insightful and personal glimpse into these unique travel gems. You’ll not only learn where I spent my honeymoon and where I’m traveling next, but you’ll hear which of the Times’ destinations I think you should travel to next year.

Here are the destinations that most stood out to me from the New York Times’ list of 52 places to go next year:

Paris, France

Highlighted for the 2024 Olympics, Paris is buzzing with new hotels, museums, and exhibitions, making it a prime destination this year.

Yamaguchi, Japan

An off-the-beaten-path choice, Yamaguchi offers a quieter, yet culturally rich experience in southern Japan.

Maui, Hawaii

Green sea turtles resting on a beach in Maui, one of my top 2024 travel destinations ©Stephanie Dosch

I’m celebrating Maui’s inclusion for its resilience post-wildfires, emphasizing the importance of tourism in supporting local economies.


Noted for its fascinating history and amazing food, Singapore is becoming more accessible with new hotels, airport expansions and increased flight options.

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva’s unique offering includes access to the CERN particle accelerator, adding a scientific allure to its existing charm.

Craters of the Moon, Idaho

Beautiful landscapes of Craters of the Moon, one of my top 2024 travel destinations ©Stephanie Dosch

This volcanic landscape offers a unique, moon-like experience, making it a worthwhile detour in the U.S.

Sri Lanka

Praised for its diverse attractions like beaches, cultural sites, and tea plantations, Sri Lanka is recovering well post-pandemic.


Acknowledged for its recovery from last year’s earthquake, Morocco’s rich culture and diverse experiences make it a top pick for tourism.

Valencia, Spain

Contemporary architecture designed by Santiago Calatrava and palm trees in Valencia, one of my top 2024 travel destinations ©Stephanie Dosch

Valencia’s blend of medieval architecture and contemporary art and architecture, including a new museum, makes it an intriguing European destination.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

The new train connecting Yucatan to Campeche and Palenque highlights remote ruins and offers a fresh perspective on Mexico.

Koh Ker, Cambodia

As a remote yet intriguing site north of the Angkor temples, Koh Ker offers an authentic and less-traveled Cambodian experience.


Peru is spotlighted for a newly accessible Inca site, offering an adventurous trek akin to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Monarch Butterfly Preserve, Mexico

This natural spectacle promises a breathtaking experience with millions of monarch butterflies, ideal for nature lovers.

After exploring these standout destinations from the New York Times’ list, don’t forget to check out my own curated list of top places to visit in 2024. It’s packed with my personal selections and insider insights, tailored to offer an even more diverse and enriching travel experience for cultured, adventurous travelers like you!