7 Destinations That Are Trending This Fall—in the U.S., Caribbean, and Beyond
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As the summer travel crowds fizzle and temperatures mellow out, fall emerges as one of the most ideal—and strategic—times of year to book a dream getaway. This autumn, U.S. travelers seem eager to venture far from home.카지노사이트

“The spike in searches for places like Munich, Ho Chi Minh City, and Barbados point to travelers being excited to pack their bags for places that were previously harder to visit due to travel restrictions, testing requirements, or high airfare prices,” says Christie Hudson, head of U.S. public relations for Expedia. “Now that most Covid-related travel restrictions have loosened, these destinations are back on the table and made even more appealing by factors like the favorable dollar-to-Euro exchange rate and shoulder season deals.”

Here are seven destinations that are seeing surges in interests from travelers this fall—according to data from travel search sites.

Ho Chi Minh City
Asia has also seen a spike in interest this fall as more countries have opened their borders—Priceline has seen four times more searches for flights to the continent this fall. According to metasearch site Kayak, Vietnam’s biggest city has seen a 46 percent increase in search compared to 2019, while Expedia reported a 630 percent growth in searches from last fall.

“Vietnam reopened its borders to foreign travelers on March 15 with immediate excitement,” Hudson says. “Ho Chi Minh City is very affordable for the fall months, so your travel dollars go a long way.” She noted that she found five-star hotels in September and October starting at around $50 a night.

Generally warm year-round, fall marks the end of the rainy season as temperatures cool, making it a good time to visit the city’s landmarks like the Cu Chi Tunnels, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and Ben Thanh Market.

London
Major European cities saw some of the biggest increases across all the search engines, with the British capital notching 290 percent growth since last year, and was one of the most searched cities on Booking.com and Priceline.

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II may have sparked more interest in recent days (be sure to check for closures during the mourning period), but royal interest had already been strong with events honoring Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this year. Still on view are Buckingham Palace’s special exhibit on the Queen’s Ascension through October 2 and Kensington Palace’s Life Through a Royal Lens through October 30.

With fewer crowds and milder temperatures, fall makes a prime time to stroll through Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill or Old Spitalfields Market in Shoreditch; catch a classic West End show like Les Misérables, a new favorite like Six, or an immersive experience like The Burnt City (from Punchdrunk, the team behind Sleep No More) through December; or see the city from above on the London Eye or the Sky Garden.

Punta Cana
As the temperatures cool, the more sunny island vacations come into focus, with Punta Cana topping Kayak’s list of top international destinations for fall travel, with a 147 percent spike over pre-pandemic 2019 searches.

The early part of fall is sunny and humid, marked by showers in the afternoons and evenings as hurricane season tapers off and officially ends in November. While the chance for passing rain is always there, fall is still an opportune time to relax along the Dominican Republic’s 30-mile stretch of white sand, whether it’s diving to see shipwrecks, fishing, boating, or simply kicking back under a coconut palm with a drink in hand like at Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana or Royalton Punta Cana Resort & Casino.

New York City
All eyes are on the Big Apple domestically, as New York City topped Expedia’s list with a 75 percent growth from last year, and came in second on both Booking.com and Skyscanner. It’s no surprise that the City That Never Sleeps has roared back from its pandemic pause.

New York will see the opening of its first museum Museum of Broadway in November, as well as buzzed-about new shows like Almost Famous with previews starting October 3 and KPOP starting October 13 alongside staples like The Lion King celebrating its 25th anniversary in November.바카라사이트

Recently opened new viewpoints include Summit One Vanderbilt with an Instagram-worthy mirrored spaced and Edge NYC (where daredevils can scale the side with City Climb), while the digital art space Hall des Lumières opened today. And of course nothing beats a walk through Central Park immersed in the autumnal colors.

Munich
“Munich is a great example of a place that’s making a comeback for U.S. travelers, as the German city is hosting Oktoberfest for the first time after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic,” Hudson says, with searches increasing 180 percent compared to last year on Expedia. Priceline also saw the German city top its searches for both flights and hotels.

The celebration runs from September 17 through October 3, with guided tours available, as well as packages that include a seat at the Oktoberfest table to bypass the lines. But it’s not the only fall festival in town. The autumn edition of the nine-day Auer Dult (this year from October 15 to 23) carries on a folk tradition with rides, entertainment, shopping, as well as plenty of food, including roasted almonds and sausages.

It’s also a beautiful time to catch Munich’s fall colors in Perlacher Forst, the Allacher Lohe nature reserve, or Hofoldinger Forst, or enjoy the indoor swimming pool at Müller’sche Volksbad, or catch the final days of raising a glass outdoors at a biergarten. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Munich Olympics with its sites on full display.

Albania
“For a location that is a best-kept secret to beat crowds, Albania has seen almost double the number of bookings in 2022 than it enjoyed in the same period in 2019,” says Laura Lindsay, Skyscanner’s trend and destination expert. “Most people have yet to discover it, but flights and tourism infrastructure are in place, and thus there are fewer crowds.”

The Balkan Peninsula country shines in the autumn months with its mild climate inviting outdoor activities through November, whether it’s biking at the Grand Park of Tirana, hiking in the Accursed Mountains in the Albanian Alps, exploring the 2,500-year-old ruins of Butrint, or simply wandering around the village of around Korça.

Barbados
The Caribbean island nation has seen a whopping 3,360 percent growth in Expedia searches between last year and this year for fall travel, likely tied to Covid-19 testing requirements being dropped in May. “From a price and availability standpoint, fall—or shoulder season—is a great time to visit Barbados which has a pretty low risk of hurricanes or heavy enough rainfall to impact your island getaway,” Hudson says. She notes average nightly rates for September are nearly $100 cheaper than August and $90 cheaper than the week of Thanksgiving.

“There are also several music, food, and surfing festivals that happen during the fall months, so you’ll have plenty to do in between relaxing on the beach.” Among the fall events are the Barbados Jazz Excursion and Golf Tournament October 6 to 10; Barbados Food and Rum Festival October 27 to 30, and the Run Barbados race, with distances from 3K to a marathon, December 11.온라인카지노

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