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By Dan Sears

Time to book that trip!

The list of the world’s top travel destinations for 2024 has been revealed by TripAdvisor.

The premier locale for the third year running was Dubai, which “mixes modern culture with history, adventure with world-class shopping and entertainment,” according to TripAdvisor.

Travelers specifically noted that the City of Gold is a great choice for those who want to explore after dark and celebrate special or luxury occasions. Lots of people also enjoyed the safaris and 4WD tours around the United Arab Emirates city.

The popular travel guidance platform analyzed reviews and ratings collected over the past year to rank the top travel destination spots from all over the globe.

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.

Of those planning to jet set, roughly three-fourths (71%) of Americans are planning to return to their favorite destinations this year — so start tracking your favored flight.

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Dubai has been named the top destination in the world for the third year running. EdNurg – stock.adobe.com

In second place on the TravelAdvisor list is Bali, the Indonesian island described as a “living postcard … that feels like a fantasy.”

The tropical spot entices people with an array of options for any kind of vacation as tourists enjoy being active while rafting, learning about the Island of the gods with cultural tours and relaxing at spas or in yoga classes.

For those wanting a more metropolitan visit, London is calling as the third-best travel option.

Bali has been listed as travelers’ second favorite spot, described as a “living postcard … that feels like a fantasy.” krunja – stock.adobe.com

The British capital is the top spot Europe has to offer, attracting Americans to pop over across the pond for a mix of historical sites and modern attractions.

“From Shoreditch’s swaggering style to Camden’s punky vibe and chic Portobello Road, London is many worlds in one,” TripAdvisor wrote. “When it comes to London, the possibilities are endless.”

Hanoi, Vietnam, and Rome, Italy, also made the list, winning over travelers as the fourth and fifth most coveted vacation destinations in the world, respectively.

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London is the third-best travel destination in the world and the top spot Europe has to offer, according to TripAdvisor. heyengel – stock.adobe.com

The list was rounded out with New York City, coming in to fill the 25th global spot but also nabbing the top honors for U.S. destinations for the second year in a row.

As Americans plan to revisit some of their favorite places, it comes as no surprise that travelers would return to the Big Apple as “conquering New York in one visit is impossible,” TravelAdvisor said, attracting more visitors to its nightlife, culture, history and food.

Firshein noted that many of the winners “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.”

New York City dominated other U.S. destinations for the second year in a row, attracting more visitors to its nightlife, culture, history and food. f11photo – stock.adobe.com

Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Destinations

1. Dubai, UAE

2. Bali, Indonesia

3. London, UK

4. Hanoi, Vietnam 

5. Rome, Italy

6. Paris, France

7. Cancun, Mexico

8. Marrakech, Morocco

9. Crete, Greece 

10. Hoi An, Vietnam

11. New Delhi, India

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12. Istanbul, Turkey

13. Cusco, Peru

14. Barcelona, Spain

15. Bangkok, Thailand 

16. Dominican Republic

17. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

18. Phuket, Thailand 

19. Hurghada, Egypt

20. Madrid, Spain

21. Siem Reap, Cambodia 

22. Lisbon, Portugal

23. Amsterdam, Netherlands 

24. Kathmandu, Nepal

25. New York City

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