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10 of the most popular places to visit for the holiday season

Grisha Bruev/ShutterstockMalaga, Spain, has great food and beautiful architecture.
  • American Express Travel looked at flight-booking data and found the 10 destinations with the greatest increase in bookings during this year’s fourth quarter.
  • Some appeal to those who like the cold and others to those who want to escape it, but each offers unique cultural experiences.
  • Many will allow travellers to break out of their vacation routines and travel to destinations that are not often associated with holiday travel.

It’s not too late to book your holiday vacation.

Whether you want to celebrate Christmas, ring in the New Year, or skip both and avoid the holiday vacation crowd, there are plenty of options around the world that can provide unique cultural experiences.

American Express Travel looked at the 10 destinations that have experienced the greatest increase in flight bookings during this year’s fourth quarter, and it found a wide range of cities across the globe. Some provide opportunities for skiing and unique holiday celebrations, while others allow travellers to get out of the cold and catch some sun.

These are some of the destinations that travellers are flocking to this holiday season.


Aruba

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Increase in bookings: 31%

Travellers looking to escape the cold have been flocking to this Caribbean island to relax on its pristine beaches. Aruba also has the advantage of being undamaged by this year’s hurricanes.


Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Increase in bookings: 28%

The capital of Argentina is a haven for design enthusiasts with its creative architecture and fashionable residents.


Reno, Nevada

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Increase in bookings: 78%

Reno offers the excitement of a major city and the laid-back vibe of a ski town. The city features a number of gastropubs with excellent craft beer and plenty of opportunities to ski in the Sierra Nevada.


Geneva, Switzerland

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Increase in bookings: 60%

While Geneva has become associated with offshore tax shelters, its rich landscapes are making it a popular holiday destination this year.


Incheon, South Korea

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Increase in bookings: 87%

Vacationers looking to spice up their Christmas celebrations will find plenty to like in Incheon, which blends Western and Korean traditions during the holidays.


Malaga, Spain

Increase in bookings: 164%

Spain is known for having excellent food and beautiful architecture, and Malaga is no different. It also has the advantage of being located along the Alboran Sea.


Lima, Peru

Increase in bookings: 23%

Lima’s food culture combines elements from traditional Incan recipes, dishes that were introduced by colonial settlers, and modern variations on each. The city also has vibrant holiday celebrations.


Montreal, Canada

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Increase in bookings: 59%

If you’re not afraid of cold weather, Montreal combines the advantages of a city and rural town. Given that the city is turning 375 this year, it’s sure to have exciting events during the holidays.


Frankfurt, Germany

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Increase in bookings: 47%

Frankfurt will appeal to those looking for an eclectic city that can combine thousands of years of history with modern flourishes. Beer enthusiasts will also find much to like.


Portland, Oregon

Increase in bookings: 31%

Portland is appealing if you’re looking for cutting-edge cultural events without having to deal with the bustle of New York City or Los Angeles.

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