Consider this your sign to pack your bags. Airbnb says Colorado Springs will be a top travel destination in 2024. (Thomas J. Story)
For locals, however, the reason for the hype is simple: Colorado Springs is a nature-lover’s oasis. “Colorado Springs has been my favorite location to live and has been so supportive of my mental health,” says Caroline Myers, a therapist who resides in the Briargate area of Colorado Springs. “Activity is valued a lot more than other places I have lived. There are beautiful views from almost anywhere and so many activities to do that aren’t necessarily hiking.”
But why stop at Colorado? Airbnb predicts smaller towns in the United States like Kerrville in Texas, Kentucky’s Louisville, and Indianapolis will be particularly popular this year—especially between April 4 and April 7, 2024, when they’ll reportedly offer excellent views of the total solar eclipse. In fact, the company reports that searches for listings along the eclipse’s United States path increased by 300 percent compared to the year prior. (Psst… Airbnb also says you can score an excellent eclipse sighting in Mountain Village, Colorado, providing yet another reason to add the Centennial State to your 2024 travel list.)
That said, if you want to clock in a few more frequent flyer miles, you might want to think outside of the United States. The trend report cites Japan as being the top travel destination in 2024. (With Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo included as trending trips, you’re just a reservation away from scarfing down delicious sushi or ramen.) Meanwhile, many of the trending spots are influenced by cultural and global events: for starters, Brazilian destinations like Salvador, Maceió, and Rio de Janeiro are seeing a 136 percent increase in searches for Carnival weekend. And, once summer comes along, travelers will arrive in the City of Lights in droves to hopefully catch a glimpse of the 2024 Olympics in Paris.