[Photo at top by Marco Grassi]

If anyone has their finger on the pulse of the world’s most interesting and eye-catching destinations, it’s travel photographers. Constantly roaming the globe, camera in hand, they’re experts at seeking out the best perspectives and the most fascinating people, from the mountains of Patagonia to the plains of Tajikistan – after all, their careers depend on it. That’s why this year, we turned to some of the world’s most successful and insightful travel photographers and adventure influencers to find out which destinations deserve to be on our radar in 2024. Here’s what they had to say.

[Photo by Samantha Shea]

From Samantha Shea

“One off-the-beaten-path destination that should definitely be on your 2024 travel bucket list is Tajikistan. 93% of the country is mountainous, and the most stunning scenery has yet to be ruined by mass tourism. I spent a month cycling in the country’s remote Wakhan Corridor, where I found some of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen.

“Apart from being able to have a lot of epic views to yourself, you’ll be able to really get to know locals, thanks to a huge emphasis on sustainable tourism. One of these initiatives has led to a ton of authentic homestays, where you get to stay with a family and try out Tajik cuisine. The highlight of my trip was venturing a bit off the beaten path to the Zorkul Nature Preserve, in the far east of the Pamir region. It’s here that you’ll find high-altitude lakes and lunar-like views unlike any other mountain destination I’ve ever seen. While I’ll always vote to explore the mountains by bicycle, you can also easily hire a driver for your entire trip, or opt to take shared taxis. Though not the cheapest place to travel in Asia, Tajikistan is still very budget-friendly.”

Adventure traveller, hiker and backpacker Samantha Shea roams the world seeking out undiscovered destinations. Follow her journeys on her website and Instagram.  

[Photo by Marco Grassi]

Lauca National Park, Chile
From Marco Grassi

“Lauca National Park in Chile stands out as my top pick for 2024 due to its unique blend of pristine wilderness, breathtaking scenery and accessibility. I was captivated by the park’s remote feel despite its easy reach, encountering very few other visitors during my stay. Chungará Lake and Laguna Cotacotani are must-visit destinations, offering diverse wildlife, stunning reflections of the surrounding volcanoes and ancient Yareta plants, known to grow at an incredibly slow pace of no more than 1.5cm per year. This unparalleled natural beauty and solitude make Lauca National Park the perfect destination for an unforgettable trip in 2024.”

Born and raised in Italy, Marco Grassi is an award-winning landscape and travel photographer, adventurer, expedition leader and NFT artist. Find him on Instagram and at

[Photo by Lisa Michele Burns]

Ilulissat, Greenland
From Lisa Michele Burns

“Home of the UNESCO World Heritage Ilulissat Icefjord, this region on Greenland’s west coast is a place that needs to be seen to be believed. In the summer months, giant icebergs towering over 50m high float throughout Disko Bay under the midnight sun, as humpback whales dance in the sea. I was inspired to visit Greenland back in 2019 to photograph Sermeq Kujalleq, known as the fastest-moving glacier in the world. My time exploring that summer had me eager for more, so I returned in the winter to experience the frozen beauty and a sea filled with ice.

“When I travel, I like to seek out isolated areas of natural beauty, and just north of Ilulissat is Eqi Glacier, where you can go glamping beside an active glacier and hear the thundering sound of ice crashing into the water across the bay. It’s completely mesmerising and such a special experience unique to this location.

“Combining hikes alongside the icefjord with a cruise under the midnight sun and a glamping experience beside a calving glacier – this is why I will always recommend anyone interested in photography and the outdoors visit Greenland.”

Lisa Michele Burns is an Australian travel and landscape photographer with a focus on environmental wonders. She is also the editor of The Wandering Lens and founder of Travel Photography Courses. Find her on Instagram at @the_wanderinglens and @travelphotographycourses.

[Photo by Chase Guttman

From Chase Guttman

“Guatemala is my pick for 2024, as it’s a stunning country rich in cultural intrigue, awe-inspiring landscapes, vibrant history and with endless opportunities for adventure. I was privileged to have Tikal practically to myself when I was there in October — the former seat of power in the Mayan world brims with some of the most extraordinary temples in the Western Hemisphere. During that same visit, I was enthralled to camp across from an active volcano and to summit a neighbouring peak for a sunrise eruption. Feeling the sheer power of Mother Nature with Acatenango’s regular explosions was certainly a memory that I’ll cherish. I am blown away by the Guatemalan Highlands as well. Countless villages around gorgeous Lake Atitlan, like Solalá and Chichicastenango, are famous for their markets bustling with locals donning hand-woven multicoloured tapestries called huipils. In fact, the region is so picturesque that I won Young Travel Photographer of the Year for my images shot there.”

Chase Guttman is an award-winning travel photographer, Emmy-winning drone videographer, UAV expert, author, writer, lecturer, instructor and social media influencer. His groundbreaking book, The Handbook of Drone Photography, was one of the first written on the topic. Visit Chase at and on Instagram.


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Budapest, Hungary
From Joe Thomas 

“Budapest would be at the top of my list of places to visit in 2024 for anyone who is interested in architectural photography. The city has so many impressive monuments, churches and bridges spread along the Danube that it makes for photography heaven. My favourite is to go to Buda Castle and look back towards the chain bridge, Gresham Palace and St. Stephen’s Basilica. In addition to jaw dropping monumental exteriors, the city has some of the most incredible interior spaces, from the Parliament Building, the historic New York Cafe or the Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library. There is so much architectural beauty in all of the details, not to mention delicious food, rich history and friendly people.”

Joe Thomas is an interior, architecture and travel photographer. He is based in New York but travels worldwide for projects, and has been featured in Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest and Travel + Leisure, among others. Find him on Instagram and at his website.

[Photo by Michelle Halpern]

From Michelle Halpern

“Oman is a standout destination for 2024, offering a kaleidoscope of landscapes and one-of-a-kind adventures for all kinds of travellers. I was blown away by the sheer variety of unique experiences that Oman offers, all easily accessible within just a few hours from Muscat. Snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of the Daymaniyat Islands, exploring the historic forts of Nizwa, overnights in the mystical desert camps of Wahiba Sands, taking in the architectural splendour of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque – these are just a few examples of Oman’s diversity, from mountain heights to desert expanses. Anyone who adds Oman to their 2024 bucket list will be in for the trip of a lifetime.”

Photographer and wanderer Michelle Halpern is a full-time traveller constantly on a quest to find the world’s most fascinating and underrated places. Find her on Instagram and at her blog, Live Like It’s The Weekend.

Photo by Anna Harris]

From Anna Harris

“If you’re looking for your next off-the-beaten-path tropical island destination, look no further than the Seychelles, located off the coast of Africa. With granite boulders sprinkled along white sandy beaches and crystal waters, you’ll find yourself amazed that a place like this is even more beautiful than the photos you see online. Unlike touristy islands, you get a unique taste of the warm Seychellois island culture, including the amazing array of seafood – don’t forget to try their freshly caught octopus in a coconut curry! The islands of the Seychelles are truly unforgettable and are the perfect blend of seclusion with a hint of luxury.”

Although working remotely as a mechanical engineer, Anna Harris is a full-time adventurist, having travelled to over 160 countries. She’s currently on a mission to showcase beautiful and unusual destinations through her photography, blog and short films, encouraging others to travel the world affordably and off the beaten path. Find her on Instagram and her blog.

[Photo by Dave Bouskill]

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
From Dave Bouskill

“Having recently travelled to Chile, it’s my top choice for the most inspiring travel destination for 2024. This slender strip of land stretching along nearly half of the west coast of South America has one of the most diverse landscapes on earth. The entire country is worth exploring for at least a month, from the famed mountains of Patagonia to the mysterious heads of Easter Island and the thrilling cities of Santiago and Valparaiso. But if one place stood out to me, it was San Pedro de Atacama. Chile’s oldest village stands in the centre of the highest and driest nonpolar desert in the world and will literally take your breath away.

“The Atacama Desert’s lunar landscape is a photographer’s dream, as layers of colour erupt before your eyes. Add to that the colourful flamingos that gather in the still waters of Laguna Chaxa, and you’ll understand why I fell in love with the place. The flamingoes slowly saunter through the salt pools, searching for brine shrimp as their reflections dazzle in the backdrop of the surrounding volcanoes. If that isn’t enough to entice you, there is also Valle de la Luna, which is located just 8 miles outside San Pedro de Atacama. It got its name because of its similarity to the surface of the moon. However, its red dunes and rock formations actually reminded me of Mars. NASA agreed, as they tested their Mars Rover in this barren landscape. The Atacama desert is definitely one of the most unique places on the planet and should be at the top of your travel bucket list for 2024.”

Since starting their blog back in 2007, husband-and-wife duo Dave and Deb have become experts in the travel space. They’ve been named Top Travel Influencers by Forbes Magazine and are two-time winners of SATW’s (Society of American Travel Writers) Lowell Thomas Awards Travel Blog of the Year. Find them on Instagram and at

[Photo by Michael George]

From Michael George

“My partner is half-Colombian but grew up in the US. We took two weeks earlier this year to visit the country and reconnect him with it. Every place from Salento to Mica was beautiful in its own way, though the highlight by far was the ‘Lost City’ Trek.

“There are few places where travellers can connect directly with indigenous tribes to learn from their culture, discover a magnificent history, and support preservation. The Tairona people of Colombia originally built Ciudad Perdida in 800 CE, nearly 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu. Today it takes 3-5 days (depending on both your fitness level and tolerance for sleeping in the middle of the jungle) to hike in and see it for yourself. There are many tour companies, but Wiwa Tours is the only one owned and operated by the descendants of the Tairona and provides the most sincere and respectful perspective on the construction of the city and the traditions that have been upheld throughout the centuries. You will eat home-cooked meals with other travellers and bathe in cold springs after long days of climbing up and down through the cloud forest. The hike is spiritual and educational but also reinforces the values of land stewardship and provides a welcome break from technology.”

Michael George is a photographer, writer and people-lover based out of Brooklyn. He has been a guest lecturer at Yale University and taught workshops in locations that vary from the glaciers of Patagonia to onboard a cross-country Amtrak train. Find him on Instagram and at

Asheville, North Carolina, USA
From Susan J Bertram

“As a photographer living in Atlanta, one of the places I’ve heard about but not yet visited is Asheville, North Carolina. Although it’s not some far-flung, exotic destination, a good friend is coming out from my home state of California in March, and we’re heading to Asheville. I’m looking forward to the well-known attractions such as the Biltmore, the River Arts District, and the Downtown area, but as a photographer, I’m most excited about capturing the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A great photo trip doesn’t always have to be far from home – keep your eyes and your mind open to nearby experiences.”

Atlanta-based Susan J Bertram is a photographer, writer, explorer and creator of travel-inspired fine-art prints. Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook and at

[Photo by Stephen Matera]

Mallorca, Spain
From Stephen Matera

“With the pandemic (mostly) in the rear-view mirror, I’m looking to travel further than the wilderness of my backyard here in the Pacific Northwest. I had a short visit to the island of Mallorca in April 2023. My visit was short enough to be more of an appetiser than a satiating meal, and Mallorca can provide a multi-course dinner with all it has to offer. But what gets my attention is Mallorca’s rugged coastline. As a photographer, I’m always planning photos around the light, and on an island, it’s possible to find good light any time of the year if you know where to look.”

Outdoor lifestyle and sports photographer Stephen Matera is a National Geographic Travel contributor and photography coach. Visit him on Instagram or at

[Photo by Antonio Otgianu]

Great Otway National Park, Victoria, Australia
From Antonio Otgianu

“Hopetoun Falls, nestled within the lush embrace of the Great Otway National Park in Victoria, Australia, is a breathtaking natural gem that captivates all who venture into its serene surroundings. Cascading from a height of approximately 30 metres, the falls create a mesmerising spectacle as the water gracefully tumbles over moss-covered rocks into a crystal-clear pool below. Surrounded by ancient ferns and towering eucalyptus trees, the falls are a testament to the park’s rich biodiversity. A well-maintained trail leads visitors through the enchanting rainforest, offering glimpses of native flora and fauna before unveiling the stunning Hopetoun Falls, a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a tranquil escape in the heart of Victoria’s natural wonders.”

Sardinia-born Antonio Otgianu follows his passion around the globe, capturing vivid photos of landscapes, wildlife and natural environments. Find him on Instagram and on his website.

[Photo by Prashant Naik]

Oregon, USA
From Prashant Naik

“In the heart of the Pacific Northwest lies the Beaver State, where the forests whisper tales of wonder and rivers weave stories through the deepest canyons. As a landscape photographer, I see Oregon as a canvas painted with nature’s vibrant hues. It’s a place where the forces of nature are in the right balance. From the Cascade Mountains that run north to south, to the Columbia Plateau in the east and the Pacific coast in the west, the natural mysteries around the place are full of possibilities.

“The Oregon coastline has forested mountains, serene lakes and cliffs tracing the Pacific shoreline. It is undeniably one of the most breathtaking coastlines globally. However, the true allure of the Oregon coast lies not in its idyllic beaches but in the dramatic geological formations that grace its shores, like Face Rock in Bandon,

“Thor’s Well (pictured) is another geological marvel worth witnessing. Located near Cape Perpetua, this unique rock formation appears as a sinkhole, as if draining the ocean into the depths of the earth. There are many such incredible phenomena to discover around the region, like Seal Rock and Devil’s Churn.”

Prashant Naik is an award-winning astro and landscape photographer, as well as a passionate environmentalist and storyteller. Find him on Instagram, YouTube and at

Yosemite National Park, USA
From Tiffany Nguyen

“Yosemite is hands-down my favourite national park in the US. It’s the first place I ever visited where I knew that the outdoor lifestyle was for me. I instantly fell in love with this place during my first visit, and something about it just keeps bringing me back. Yosemite has something to offer everyone, and with so many beautiful hikes for all skill levels, there’s no shortage of picturesque landscapes no matter where you are in the park. Yosemite truly has it all: the tallest waterfall in North America, the Half Dome, the Merced River, the list goes on. It doesn’t matter how many times I visit this place, there are always new perspectives to find here, and it never fails to blow me away.”

Based in Los Angeles, Tiffany Nguyen is an adventure photographer and videographer when she’s not practising her first profession: dentistry. Find her on Instagram and at

[Photo by Daniel James Clarke]

The Faroe Islands
From Daniel James Clarke

“Almost forgotten in the North Atlantic Ocean, the ethereal Faroe Islands have seen a steady tourism boom in recent years. And with the launch of new seasonal flights from London and Iceland in 2024, it’s almost certain the number of visitors to this self-governed archipelago in the Kingdom of Denmark will continue to rise. This, coupled with the recent opening of an underwater tunnel to Suðuroy Island (and an ever-growing decent bus network), means it’s never been easier to explore the 18 main islands of this group.

“The landscapes are, unsurprisingly, what enticed me to visit the archipelago. Turf-roofed houses in the teeny capital city of Tórshavn contrast against forward-thinking glass-crafted buildings housing cultural institutions. Saksun, an idyllic and remote bay-hugging village backed by tumbling cascades and verdant mountains, was as photogenic as I’d imagined, while natural attractions and hiking trails to the likes of the Múlafossur Waterfall, which dramatically crashes from a cliff into the cerulean ocean, or Sørvágsvatn Lake, seemingly floating atop a cliff due to an optical illusion, are both cinematic and humbling.

“But what amazed me most about life on the Faroe Islands was the hospitality, especially on an almost tree-devoid landmass that seems inhospitable to all. Even in the smallest villages, coffee shops would welcome you outside their usual opening hours to provide a warming hot chocolate. Away from the capital’s restaurants, traditional dishes and local insights are served at “Heimablídni”, home-hosted and cooked dinners. And there was always a smile and helpful chit chat from any bus driver, shopkeeper or local I encountered on the trails. The Faroe Islands might be seemingly far-flung and mystical, but they are a well-connected, lived-in land where other-worldly landscapes are never far from a friendly cup of tea.”

Daniel James Clarke is a British travel writer and photographer who spent five years travelling full time before settling in Portugal. Nowadays, he mainly explores closer to home on flight-free adventures. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook and

[Photo by Sean Dalton]

Sumba, Indonesia 
From Sean Dalton

“Among all of Indonesia’s 18,000+ islands, the island of Sumba is my pick for the best travel destination of 2024. Often overshadowed by its big neighbour Bali, Sumba offers a true remote island experience with plenty of adventure involved. From stunning beaches with breathtaking sunsets, to waterfalls, crystal blue swimming holes, surfing and horseback riding on the beach, Sumba has all the tropical getaway benefits without the crowds. The Sanubari hotel on the south end of the island is my favourite place to stay – the bungalows open up to a private beach where you can watch the sunset every evening. Sumba is perfect for photographers or anyone looking for a remote island getaway adventure, and I recommend going before it gets too popular!”

When he’s not enjoying his home in Bali or coaching 300k+ photography students, Sean Dalton travels the world capturing the most captivating places he can find. Visit him on Instagram and YouTube.

Marrakech, Morocco
From Erika Hobart

“Marrakech is a feast for the senses, a magical crossroads of African, Arab and European cultures that’s set against a stunning backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. It’s one of those cities that draws you in and refuses to let go. To understand the heart of Marrakech, the most important place to visit is ancient medina – particularly the historic main square Djemaa El Fna. It’s as brazen as it is beautiful, as intoxicating as it is sobering. In the evenings, you’ll find as many locals as tourists, navigating a bustling labyrinth that’s home to more than 3,000 merchant stalls shilling everything from carpets to spices. An evening spent here can admittedly cause sensory overload, but it’s also an experience guaranteed to make you feel more alive than ever.”

Japanese-American travel photographer and journalist Erika Hobart frequently turns her lens on Marrakech, where she is based. Find her on Instagram and at

[Photo by Ryan Neeven] 

From Ryan Neeven

“When I think of a place that flies under the radar as a big tourist attraction, I think of Guatemala and more specifically Antigua and Lake Atitlan. Amazing coffee, vibrant architecture, breathtaking nature and delicious food are all reasons that I chose to visit these places, and as a photographer, they did not disappoint. I think sometimes people tend to shy away from these places because of a concern for safety but to me, this was a place that I never felt unsafe, even travelling through the country to visit different places.

“If you decide to make the journey there, you must make a trip to Lake Atitlan. It’s almost like the Lake Como of Central America, with boats ferrying you to and from each town with the volcanoes looming around you at all times.”

Ryan Neeven has photographed over 28 countries. He is a contributor for Condé Nast Traveler and Condé Nast Traveller UK, and the founder of creative agency CASA di NIENTE. You can find him on Instagram

Nova Scotia
From Kat Carney

“Nova Scotia is my top pick for 2024. I’m located on the east coast of the US, and Nova Scotia is just a ferry ride away. As a surfer, I look forward to surfing some waves and exploring the rugged coastline. There are so many charming fishing villages, dramatic cliffs carved by glaciers and emerald-green forests; I can’t wait to kayak or SUP through hidden coves, taste the fresh fish and soak up the vibrant Celtic music scene. Hiking in Cape Breton Highlands National Park is also on the to-do list.”

Kansas native Kat Carney has lived and photographed around the world, and is currently calling Providence, Rhode Island home. Find her outdoor and editorial photography at Kat Carney Photography, Swell & Stone and on Instagram.

[Photo by Patrick Meier] 

From Patrick Meier

“Greenland is my top travel pick for 2024. I was fortunate enough to travel to some of the most remote parts of the country by ship and come into contact with people who live isolated, sustainable lifestyles living off the land and sea. There is no tourist trail. As you travel through the fjords and small settlements scattered sporadically in a vast and empty landscape, there is only a sense of wonder and amazement. You are engulfed in nature, and time is unimportant. It is a reminder of how small you are against the greatness of nature.

“As a photographer trying to capture every sight, mood and moment, it can be overwhelming in a good way. With blurred lines between night and day, you lose yourself in your desire to capture everything. The stillness, the peaceful yet deafening silence, broken only by the occasional growl of a breaking iceberg or the whooshing of a whale coming up for breath, is a surreal experience. Life beneath the dark, icy water is not just a stark reminder of how much of our planet we don’t get to see if we don’t take chances, but also how vital it is to protect what nature has so abundantly blessed us with.

“The highlights of this trip were many. One that stood out for me was the resilience of the villagers and their determination for survival with very little to support their existence. Small settlements of people, often just a handful of families living contentedly in a simple manner, made me realise how little we actually need to live in harmony with our planet. Their life is undoubtedly hard, their winters harsh, and they are thousands of miles away from the rest of the world. However, warm and generous hospitality and friendly smiles were in abundance.”

Born and raised in the Swiss Alps, Patrick Meier specialises in mountain photography around the world. Find him on Instagram and at

[Photo by Nina Botzen]

Cape Town, South Africa
From Nina Botzen

“My top choice for 2024 unquestionably goes to Cape Town. The city’s versatility caters to a diverse range of interests: whether you prefer seeking tranquil moments by the beach, delving into South Africa’s history and culture, embarking on invigorating trails for running or hiking, or catching a few waves at any of the numerous surf spots. The proximity to the mountains and the sea creates a truly distinctive setting, making the city a great base for exploring surrounding areas, too. Hike through beautiful Cederberg area, go wine tasting near Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, or take a longer road trip along the Garden Route (make sure to stop at Addo Elephant Park for a day safari and glimpse lions in the wild). Culinary enthusiasts are in for a treat as well, with an abundance of options including various food markets, such as the one at Oranjezicht, offering a delightful array of flavours to explore. Beyond the scenic beauty and culinary delights, the warmth and openness of the South African people makes Cape Town feel like a second home to me. I wholeheartedly recommend this extraordinary city to anyone seeking an unforgettable adventure.”

Nina Botzen is a solo traveller and photographer from Switzerland, whose travels are driven by her passion for nature and cultures around the world. Find her on Instagram and at

[Photo by Zach Nichols]

Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington, USA
From Zach Nichols 

“My top recommendation for 2024 is hands-down Mt. Rainier National Park. This park, located in Washington state, is one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. It boasts rolling mountains covered in wildflowers, and ancient fir forests with trees as wide as a car is long. There is so much to do in the area for people of all ages, with or without kids – from skiing to hiking and backpacking, fishing, rafting and camping. If you do stay, book an Airbnb in Ashford, about 15-20 minutes from the park entrance, and visit the Paradise area for the most picturesque views.”

Zach Nichols is a wedding and outdoor-travel photographer. He is best known for capturing incredible images of couples among nature and his “moody” Pacific Northwest forest and animal photos. Find him on Instagram and at

[Photo by Harry Ho Zi Le]

Edinburgh, Scotland
From Harry Ho Zi Le

Edinburgh’s Calton Hill is a 2024 standout with its unrivalled city views and iconic monuments. The blend of Gothic and Victorian architecture with historical castles creates a visual masterpiece. Accessible from the city centre, it’s a must-visit for breathtaking panoramas and cultural immersion. It’s where history meets modern charm, making it a top pick for the upcoming year – plus, you might catch a rare sight. Scotland may not be famed for its Northern Lights displays, but a trip to Calton Hill challenges that notion. Ascend to the summit, and on a lucky winter’s night, witness the enchanting dance of green and red hues over the Edinburgh city lights, as unexpected celestial wonders meet the vibrant energy of the Scottish capital.”

Originally from Malaysia, Harry Ho is currently pursuing his undergraduate studies in Scotland. Beyond academics, Harry is a passionate hobbyist photographer, always on the lookout for special moments. Find him on Instagram and at

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