Whether it's fatigue from 2016 or the changing political climate, the new year promises to be a banner year for travel with nearly one-third of of American adults saying they are more likely to take time off this year compared to 2016, according to a recent AAA survey.
Overall, 42 percent of Americans are planning to take a vacation in 2017 – with most planning trips to the warm weather destinations in the U.S. and abroad. And while flight prices are predicted to be 8 percent higher than last year, they are still down 9 percent compared to two years ago, according to Hopper.
“There is a lot of pent-up demand for travel in the new year,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president of travel and publishing, in a release. “Whether they’re taking a road trip to a well-known domestic destination or visiting an exotic international locale, today’s travelers are seeking experiences that are unique and immersive.”
But where to go in the new year? From the best in travel experts, here are 2017’s top travel destinations and trends.
Thanks to the addition of commercial flights to Cuba for the first time in 50 years, interest to the island nation skyrocketed, with KAYAK reporting a 191 percent increase in searches in this year over last. To capitalize on this this momentum, many airlines are also offering flash sales to Cuba.
“Havana has dominated headlines over this past year, so between that and increased accessibility, we weren’t surprised to see it take the top spot on the list,” said Dave Solomito, VP of North America Marketing of KAYAK, in an email.
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