10 Hidden Gems to Visit in 2024 Before They Become Too Popular & Overcrowded

Interested in tracking down 10 secret vacation locations that are still relatively unknown? Now is your chance to discover these incredible destinations before everyone else finds them, too! Check out these 10 hidden gems that you must visit in 2024. Soon, these spots will be flooded with tourists. They are just too incredible to remain a secret for much longer!

Eleuthera, Bahamas

Harbor Island in the Bahamas.
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Hop on a private airplane and fly to Eleuthera! Pink sand beaches with turquoise ocean water is what you will find. Eleuthera is one of the smaller, outer islands in the Bahamas that is yet to be truly discovered by tourists. If you have ever wanted a Caribbean beach all to yourself, this is the place to be!

Plus, the island is developed enough to have several fantastic, modern hotels where you will be pampered and very well fed. Try the conch fritters at any of the many local restaurants, and you will not be disappointed! Travel to Eleuthera for peace, quiet, and a little bit of luxury.

Faroe Islands, Denmark

Gasadalur village in Faroe Islands.
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The rugged coastline of the Faroe Islands is dramatic and breathtaking. The untouched land is perfect for those who want to explore the mystical, natural wonders of the world. One of the best aspects about the Faroe Islands is that tourism is limited in order to preserve the ecosystem, so you can really immerse yourself in the true culture of the native people.

Make your plans to visit the Faroe Islands now and don’t forget to make reservations at one of the two Michelin-star restaurants! The islands may be secluded and serene, but they are still full of modern amenities!

Namib Desert, Namibia

Etosha National Park in Namibia
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Take a whole new kind of vacation in the Namib Desert. Here, you can walk, bike, go horseback riding, or even take a hot air balloon up above the gorgeous sandy landscape. The deep, black sky makes this the perfect place to look at the stars at night while you can go on an incredible wildlife safari during the day.

With several luxury hotels in the area, you can book a room with sweeping desert views and soak in an infinity pool after a long desert hike. You need to check out the Namib Desert now before the whole world discovers its magical appeal.

Hvar, Croatia

Hvar in Croatia.
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Hvar is a small island off of the coast of Croatia where you can enjoy all the modern amenities you may want on a vacation while still enjoying a less populated destination. Hvar boasts crystal-clear ocean waters that are perfect for swimming, boating, and floating. There are tons of seaside hiking trails and charming small shops where you are sure to find tons of souvenir treasures. With so much to do and see, Hvar is a true hidden gem that will not be a secret for much longer!

Jaisalmer, India

Gadi Sagar in Jaisalmer India.
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From impressive sandstone architecture to captivating local markets, Jaisalmer is the definition of a hidden gem destination. It’s known as the “Golden City” because of its yellow colored buildings. Here, you will be able to explore intricately carved temples and then relax by the Gadisar Lake. Jaisalmer is where romance meets drama in a vacation destination unlike any other.

Nara, Japan

Koriyama Castle in Nara Japan.
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In a small country that is so heavily populated, you can find a little bit of tranquility and quiet in Nara. This small city is known for it’s ancient temples and beautiful gardens. Discover artwork from the 8th century and feed some of the abundant wild deer that roam the arena. Nara is gorgeous and serene while still being easy to get to and full of luxury amenities.

Bozcaada, Turkey

Bozcaada in Turkey.
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Beaches, vineyards, and historical architectures–what more could you need in a vacation destination? Bozcaada, Turkey has all of these experiences packed onto a small picturesque island. Located in the middle of the Aegean Sea, Bozcaada has plenty to do, and the area caters to tourists. However, not many people have discovered this perfect location. That is your sign to go, now!

Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor Bay in Montenegro
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This picturesque Old Town is rugged but stunning. The crystal clear waters are beautiful with the mountain backdrop. Kotor is perfect for those who love to explore, hike, and discover the natural beauty of an untouched location. But don’t worry! Kotor still has plenty of incredible restaurants and local stores where you can eat, unwind, and savor the local culture.

Gdańsk, Poland

Gdansk in Poland
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Gdańsk is a historic port city that is brimming with incredible Gothic architecture and charming street shops. Check out the local art scene or see the old ships as you stroll by the sea. Gdańsk is a surprisingly big city that has yet to be overrun by tourists. Visit this year before this interesting area of the world becomes more popular.

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Southeast Alaska.
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The extreme beauty of Glacier Bay National Park makes the trek to the area well worth the effort. Since there are no roads going in or out of the park, this area is pretty secluded making it a real hidden gem. With millions of acres of rainforests, fjords, and massive tidewater glaciers, there is so much to see in the area. Go kayaking over the crystal clear water, camp for free under the northern lights, or get cozy in a hotel with a view in nearby Juneau. This breathtaking area is a place you need to see.

Amanda Bochain

Amanda Bochain

Author: Amanda Bochain


Amanda is a professional pastry chef with a bachelor’s degree from The Culinary Institute of America. She has worked in the hospitality field for over 18 years including owning and operating a bakery cafe that specializes in wedding cakes.

Amanda loves traveling, discovering secret vacation destinations and, of course, trying new local cuisines. She loves gardening, running and eating ice cream for breakfast. She has three kids, ages 8, 5 and 3, who are her official recipe taste testers.

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