According to American Express Travel, these 10 destinations have seen the most increase in flight bookings for Q4. So pack your bags to one of these popular holiday destinations this season; you’ll see other tourists, but you’re still ahead of the major boom.
Top 10 Holiday Destinations for 2017
Celebrate the holidays at one of these popular holiday destinations for 2017.
While the rest of the Caribbean saw an ugly hurricane season, Aruba’s beaches remained unscathed.
Percentage Increase: +31 percent
Don’t Miss: Arikok National Park
Buenos Aires, Argentina
European Christmas markets meet South American flair in the “Paris of South America.”
Percentage Increase: +28 percent
Don’t Miss: Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) fireworks
Thanks to its location close to the Sierra Mountains, Reno brings city feels with gastropubs and cafes as well as access to outdoor adventure in nearby Lake Tahoe.
Percentage Increase: +78 percent
Don’t Miss: Skiing at Mt. Rose, Homewood, Diamond Peak, or Squaw Valley
Located near the Switzerland-France border, Geneva is a popular holiday destination for its markets, access to mountains, and lake.
Percentage Increase: +60 percent
Don’t Miss: Swiss fondue
Incheon, South Korea
South Korea is a buzzing destination next year thanks to the Olympics, and Incheon, located about 45 minutes from Seoul via train, is gaining popularity with tourists.
Percentage Increase: +87 percent
Don’t Miss: Incheon Complex Fish Market
This Southern Spanish gem is one of the most festive holiday destinations in Europe. Enjoy temperate weather and Christmas traditions across this port city.
Percentage Increase: +164 percent
Don’t Miss: Light displays on Calle Larios
Whether it’s a city escape you’re looking for or you’re on your way to Machu Picchu or Choquequirao for a bucket-list vacation, it’s worth spending a few nights in this popular holiday destination.
Percentage Increase: +23 percent
Don’t Miss: Peruvian foods like lechon and paneton
If you’re looking for snow, skiing, and an urban center this Christmas, Montreal is it. This popular holiday destination goes all out for the season and boasts European charm, without the transatlantic flight.
Percentage Increase: +59 percent
Don’t Miss: Christmas in the Park, at Parc Emilie Gamelin
Take in Gothic architecture, authentic German beer, and museums in this 2,000-year old city.
Percentage Increase: +47 percent
Don’t Miss: The Frankfurt Christmas Market, one of the largest in Germany
Head to the outdoorsy Pacific Northwest for a relaxed holiday destination found in trendy Portland.
Percentage Increase: +31 percent
Don’t Miss: The city’s Holiday Express Train
More from SmarterTravel:
- The SmarterTravel Holiday Gift Guide
- Europe’s Best Christmas Markets
- The 3 Most Festive Christmas Destinations in the World
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