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Holiday Travel Ideas from Sophisticated Travelers

by Billie Cohen | November 13, 2017
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, Patagonia
Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia. Photo: Johnno49/Pixabay
Gaucho on horseback, Argentina
Rambagh Palace, Rajasthan
Rambagh Palace, Rajasthan, India
A view of Torres del Paine's lakes from the French Valley
Torres del Paine, Chile
Robertson Island, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Roberton Island, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Historic colorful buildings in Bogota, Colombia
Bogotá, Colombia
beach of the Jamaica Inn, caribbean islands
Jamaica Inn, the Caribbean
Costa Rica
Mount Fuji, Japan. Photo by tpsdave/Pixabay
Mt. Fuji, Japan
View over the River Seine, Paris, France
Paris, France
overwater bungalows in French Polynesia at the Conrad Hilton Bora Bora
Conrad Hilton Bora Bora, French Polynesia
schooner sailing through the Mergui Archipelago in southern Myanmar (Burma)
The Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar
woman sandboarding down the Cerro Negro volcano
Sandboarding Cerro Negro volcano, Nicaragua
La Boqueria, Barcelona, Spain
La Boqueria Market, Barcelona, Spain
Tulum, Mexico
Tulum House, Mexico


A lot of travelers write to us seeking suggestions for unusual Christmas-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 most popular far-flung locales are Argentina, India, Vietnam, French Polynesia, Japan, and New Zealand.  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 Christmas/New Year’s 2017-18 holidays) 

  1. United States
  2. Argentina / India  (tied)
  3. Vietnam
  4. Caribbean / Mexico / United Kingdom (tied)
  5. Costa Rica / France / French Polynesia / Japan / New Zealand / Switzerland / Ecuador (tied)

Most Popular Destinations for Fall

(trips booked for September–December 2017)

  1. Italy
  2. United States
  3. France
  4. Spain
  5. Greece
  6. Cambodia / India (tied)
  7. United Kingdom
  8. Argentina
  9. Australia
  10. Chile / Japan / Scotland  (tied)

Be a smarter traveler: Read real travelers’ reviews of Wendy’s WOW List and use it to plan your next trip. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter @wendyperrin, and Instagram @wendyperrin, and sign up for her weekly newsletter to stay in the know.

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