Most Popular Holiday Destinations for 2014


Although the winter isn’t officially here yet, the holiday season has begun for those looking to spend their Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday somewhere else. And for those uncertain where to go, TripAdvisor released a list of the most popular holiday destinations for 2014.

Unlike many other rankings, the list is compiled based on the most searched for destinations for trips dated between 1st December and 28th February. So, let’s see which are the trendiest places to have Christmas fun and welcome the new year.

rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-new-yorkNew York, USA

Surprisingly, New York turns out to be the most desired winter destination in the world. Throughout the year, the city attracts around 54 million domestic and foreign visitors and is around the most popular destination for New Year’s Eve parties. In addition, for travelers from Dubai, it is now more easily accessible as Emirates added more daily flights.

Galeries Lafayette Christmas TreeParis, France

Paris isn’t the typical holiday destination, but travelers have probably picked it as a romantic getaway during the holidays, or for Valentine’s Day. Certainly, the city has a lot to offer, no matter the season, or the weather.

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

This beach resort city is a wonderful place to escape the cold and the snow. Temperatures in December are around 30 degrees Celsius, the prices aren’t so high, and you can always pay a little extra for tour to the pyramids.

Dubai, UAE

This is the most visited emirate in the UAE and among the most popular global destinations for family, leisure, or business travel. The city attracts tourists with year-round hot weather, record-breaking landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest building in the world, and tons of really unique attractions. Oh, and you won’t miss the snow at Christmastime – Dubai has an indoor ski and snow park.

Zurich Christmas Markets - Tourism BoardAmsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is one the most beautiful cities in Europe throughout the year. There are adorable Christmas markets in December, and sometimes, if it’s really cold, the canals freeze, and you can go ice skating on them! (Read more: Experience a Winter Wonderland in Europe’s Christmas markets)

Playa de las Americas, Tenerife

Tenerife has one of the highest December temperatures in Europe, although it’s not the perfect weather for sunbathing. However, it’s great to celebrate Christmas with sunshine, lovely seafood and amazing natural beauty and architecture.

Costa Adeje, Tenerife

While Playa de las Americas will be perfect for a group of friends, Costa Adeje offers more tranquility, so it’s ideal for families.

Thailand - Elephant Trekking Tour_2, KanchanaburiBangkok, Thailand

The Thai capital offers hot weather, thousands of attractions and tourists sites, delicious food and good prices. It’s an ultra modern city, but at the same time, it has preserved its ancient culture, which is seen whatever you look. It’s colourful, it’s lively, crazy, and definitely a must-see.

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

This is a beautiful seaside town in mainland Spain, which offers surprisingly warm weather even in the winter months. And the central beach has soft, white sands, perfect for a family trip or a holiday with friends.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin comes in on tenth position in the list for its one-of-a-kind atmosphere during the holidays. Christmas is probably the best time to visit the city for its Christmas markets, festive fairs, and tasty traditions such as gingerbread houses and mulled wine.


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