Though the summer season is nearly over, travel shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, according to Tripadvisor’s latest Seasonal Travel Index, 74% of American travelers plan to take a trip this fall, showcasing a whopping 13% increase from the same time last year.
While tourists are still budgeting to experience the international vacations of their dreams even as the temperatures cool down, some shifts in trends and preferences are already becoming apparent.
According to the newly-released Tripadvisor Seasonal Travel Index, there are seven international destinations that are set to become the most popular attractions of this upcoming fall season.
If you’ve been keeping up to date with travel trends these past few years, the fact that France continues to hold onto its crown as the most visited country on earth should come as no surprise.
After an entire season spent on tropical beaches and lively resort towns, tourists are more eager than ever to pack their berets and experience the cultural landmarks, delectable cuisine, and dreamy atmosphere that Paris has to offer.
If there’s one destination Americans will flock to all year round, it’s Cancun. After yet another record-breaking summer, the trendy Mexican city is expecting a new wave of visitors looking to experience much more than just the famous idyllic beaches.
Though summertime is far from over in Cancun, with visitors still getting to bask under the sun and swim in the crystal clear Caribbean waters, fall is a season when tourists are usually yearning for something more.
For many, the perfect autumnal getaway comprises fun hikes, sightseeing trips, and delightful dinners enjoyed over stunning views — Cancun manages to offer all of that and more.
The most sought-after attraction near the city is Chichen Itza, so if you’re planning on seeing it for yourself this fall, try not to go on weekends so as to avoid the chaotic crowds.
The Eternal City lives up to its nickname by continuing to be one of the world’s biggest destinations even after almost 2,800 years since its founding.
Increasing commercialization and hordes of tourists have made some travelers think twice before planning a trip to Rome.
However, as long as you plan accordingly and make the most out of the fall weather and landscape, you’ll have the time of your life here.
London, United Kingdom
European city getaways seem to be trending this fall season, as number four is held by yet another of the continent’s biggest hotspots — London.
Though this past summer saw an impressive number of visitors enter the city borders, it’s safe to say that London, and the UK as a whole, is far from the dreamy summer landscape most tourists chase after during the warmer months.
Once autumn comes, though, visitors can’t get enough of the city’s picture-worthy landmarks, gorgeous shops, lively nightlife, and rich history.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Though some might find it surprising to see this Eastern Dominican Republic hotspot make the list, those up to date with the latest travel trends know that this is hardly unexpected.
The Dominican Republic is currently exploding in popularity, with recent reports showing that a record-breaking 5.3 million visitors headed to the country this summer, marking a remarkable ~20% increase from pre-pandemic numbers.
Punta Cana just so happens to be one of the Dominican Republic’s most stunning beach destinations, boasting 20 miles (32 km) of idyllic sandy beaches and clear waters.
It’s no wonder why those looking to experience that last bit of summer fun are rushing to book a trip to this gorgeous coastal region.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Those who aren’t chasing the sun in the Dominican Republic are seemingly planning a trip to Cabo San Lucas instead.
The famous resort city promises its visitors a bustling nightlife, spectacular beaches, and a wide array of outdoor land and water-based activities that are sure to bring some excitement back to what many consider to be a quieter season.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Closing off the list is another Mexican resort town visitors can’t seem to get enough.
Though lesser-known destinations are being promoted as Mexico’s next hotspots, the numbers clearly show that beloved classics like Playa del Carmen still showcase enough charm, excitement, and natural allure to keep tourists coming all year long.
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