Many out there are under the impression that winter travel is for the sole purpose of visiting relatives during the holidays, and escaping to somewhere warm and tropical. While these suppositions aren’t necessarily wrong, they don’t paint a full picture of what winter travel is beginning to encompass. If people have time off, they are willing to travel. Booking data for hotels has shown a 28% increase in U.S. hotel bookings year over year, with New York and Las Vegas spearheading the charge. Which makes sense, since there’s nothing like getting bundled up to enjoy a cold weather wanderlust stroll through Central Park with a nice warm cup of coffee.
There are quite a few travelers who decide to head overseas for winter travel. Cities like London, Rome, and Paris round out the top three travel destinations. But, let’s be real, winter travel wouldn’t be right if places like San Juan, Puerto Rico and Palm Beach, Aruba weren’t on somebody’s destination list.
If you don’t have the time — or the cash — to enjoy an international destination, there are some up-and-coming domestic locales that have been gaining traction year-over-year by garnering positive feedback on TripAdvisor. The top 5 destinations are: Austin, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Portland, Maine; and Denver, Colorado.
If your a bargain hunter, then finding the best prices to stay at these new and exciting locales will be a top priority. When it comes to airfare, Kayak, Bing Travel, and Yapta are great places to track the price of flights and score that epic deal. If your looking for a great price on a hotel, then you’ll want to head over to TripAdvisor, or Priceline.