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Best For Nature, Sustainability, Honeymoons, Food

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Popularity is a key to what works in the travel industry, worldwide. So the annual Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choices Awards, selected by reviewers, is worth checking out for travel trends and destinations.

Here’s a roundup for 2024’s choices in the categories of Nature, Sustainability, Honeymoons, and Food.

Nature Destinations

Nature sightseeing is the second most popular trip type for Americans, according to Tripadvisor’s latest Seasonal Travel Index, with roughly a third prioritizing adventure and about a quarter planning to enjoy nature as the purpose of their trips this season.

“As a brand born at the beach, preserving the natural world is core to who we are and we believe that spending time in nature relaxes us, helps us unwind and disconnect to reconnect,” said Clarissa Pantoja, Global Vice President of Marketing Corona, AB InBev.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Tripadvisor, who shares our belief that people are at their best when outdoors and exploring, and announce the 2024 Best of the Best Nature Destinations, and sponsor a new category for its annual destination awards – Best of the Best Sustainable Destinations.”

From hiking the Himalayas from Kathmandu (No. 1) to taking in sunset over the emerald waters of Halong Bay (No. 2.) and scuba diving in Hurghada (No. 3) to viewing marine life along Egypt’s majestic Red Sea coast, there’s something for every type of traveler.

World Winners

  1. Kathmandu, Nepal; 2. Halong Bay, Vietnam; 3. Hurghada, Egypt; 4. Mauritius; 5. Lombok, Indonesia; 6. Kauai, Hawaii, U.S.; 7. Zanzibar, Tanzania; 8. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; 9. Kruger National Park, South Africa; 10. Martinique

Sustainable Destinations

With 74% of American travelers concerned about the impact of ‘over tourism’ on destinations,* environmentally safe travel is increasingly top of mind. The new Sustainable Destinations subcategory, recognizes winners from around the world deemed to have strong commitments to sustainability.

Europe has the lion’s share of environmentally responsible cities in the top 10, with Copenhagen, Denmark in first place. Asia Pacific is also well represented, with Singapore and Melbourne lauded for their efforts.

World Winners

  1. Copenhagen, Denmark; 2. Stockholm, Sweden; 3. Bordeaux, France; 4. Helsinki, Finland; 5. Singapore; 6. Melbourne, Australia; 7. Oslo, Norway; 8. Brussels, Belgium; 9. Galway, Ireland; 10. Belfast, United Kingdom

Honeymoon Destinations

Also new this year, in the inaugural subcategory, island retreats are the most romantic getaways, according to Tripadvisor reviewers. Destinations across Indonesia, the Maldives, Mauritius, the Caribbean and Greece all make up the top 10. Bali takes the No. 1 spot, followed by Hoi An, Vietnam at No. 2 and the Maldives at No. 3.

World Winners

  1. Bali, Indonesia; 2. Hoi An, Vietnam; 3. Maldives; 4; Dominican Republic; 5. Mauritius; 6. Khao Lak, Thailand; 7. Jamaica; 8. Santorini, Greece; 9. Zanzibar Island, Tanzania; 10. Venice, Italy

Culture Destinations

Culture trips remain popular; according to Tripadvisor’s most recent Seasonal Travel Index, one quarter (25%) of Americans plan cultural sightseeing trips in the coming months. There are two new entries to the top three Culture Destinations for 2024, with Cusco, Peru at No. 2 and Agra, India at No. 3. But it’s Cuba that takes the top spot, climbing five places from last year to be named No. 1.

World Winners

  1. Cuba; 2. Cusco, Peru; 3. Agra, India; 4. Fes, Morocco; 5. Athens, Greece; 6. Dublin, Ireland; 7. Colombo, Sri Lanka; 8. Hue, Vietnam; 9. Edinburgh, United Kingdom; 10. Tokyo, Japan

Food Destinations

More than half (57%) of Americans are most excited about what they will eat on their upcoming trip. Europe takes half of the top 10 spots in the world, with Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal all popular; but it’s Hanoi, Vietnam, that comes out top, climbing two places this year to claim the No. 1 spot in the world.

As for U.S. winners, New Orleans has held onto its title for number one Food Destination in the U.S. for a second year in a row – also ranking No. 8 in the world. Overall, Southern destinations rank highly among foodies, with six of the top 10 cities in the American South.

World And U.S. Winners

  1. Hanoi, Vietnam/New Orleans, Louisiana; 2. Rome, Italy/Charleston, South Carolina; 3. Crete, Greece/Maui, Hawaii; 4. Cusco, Peru/New York City, New York; 5. Florence, Italy/Savannah, Georgia; 6. New Delhi, India/Nashville, Tennessee; 7. Barcelona, Italy/Miami Beach, Florida; 8. New Orleans, Louisiana/Boston, Massachusetts; 9. Lisbon, Portugal/Asheville, North Carolina; 10. Phuket, Thailand/San Diego, California

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