Holiday Travel Ideas from Sophisticated Travelers

4 years ago

A lot of travelers write to us seeking suggestions for unusual Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s destinations. They want to go where everybody else isn’t going. Depending on what sort of experience they’re after, Wendy might suggest anything from Malta to Abu Dhabi.

So we thought it would be interesting to look at the holiday travel plans that travelers have made so far. Among the far-flung locales are Nicaragua, French Polynesia, Chile, New Zealand, India, and Ecuador. A huge number of travelers are taking cruises too. About half are headed to the extreme south to experience the otherworldliness of Antarctica. The other half will be hopping in and out of European cities and towns on river cruises that hit Europe’s best Christmas markets. A few have opted for New Year’s sailings through the Panama Canal or to Argentina.

If you haven’t planned your holiday trip yet, now is the time, as many flights and the best places to stay fill up months in advance. For inspiration, browse the lists below that show where your fellow travelers are headed. We’ve also got helpful monthly articles on Where to Go When. If you have other ideas or plans for your winter travels, let us know in the comments where you’re headed!

Most Popular Holiday Travel Destinations

(trips booked for the Thanksgiving 2017 and Christmas/New Year’s 2017-18 holidays) 

  1. United States
  2. Argentina / Chile  (tied)
  3. Ecuador / Israel / Mexico  (tied)
  4. Antarctica / Costa Rica / Cuba / French Polynesia / Italy / New Zealand / Switzerland / Vietnam  (tied)

Most Popular Destinations for Fall

(trips booked for September–December 2017)

  1. Italy
  2. United States
  3. Greece / Spain  (tied)
  4. India
  5. France
  6. Australia
  7. Israel / Japan (tied)
  8. Argentina / Ecuador / Portugal (tied)
  9. Chile / Mexico / Scotland  (tied)

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, Patagonia


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