Canadians are traveling far and wide for the upcoming holidays, to locations that include Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and other far flung cities like Bangkok, Tokyo and London.
KAYAK data illustrates that Canadians have more ambitious holiday travel plans than their U.S. neighbours and Puerto Vallarta is one of the top locations this year. For Canadians, the appearance of Bangkok and Tokyo indicate an appetite for Asia – a difference compared to Americans’ holiday travel plans that include primarily domestic cities like Orlando, New York, Las Vegas, Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Puerto Vallarta landed in the “top 10 most popular destinations” for KAYAK Canadian users.
“We’re seeing Canadian travel habits shift this holiday season compared to last year, especially when it comes to New Year’s Eve travel,” said Steve Sintra, KAYAK’s Regional Director for North America. “Europe, for example, had a bigger presence last year likely due to the entrance of low-cost carriers to the market, but has been replaced this year by Caribbean hotspots like Bermuda, Curacao, Jamaica and Aruba.”
Additional insights from this year’s Holiday Travel Trend Forecast include:
- Osaka is wooing Canadian foodies. Food and travel go together so well that 1 in 5 Canadians are willing to travel based solely on how good they expect the food to be. Perhaps that’s why travel interest to Osaka, known for its thriving food scene, is up this holiday season.
- Hop over to the U.S. for a more affordable vacation. Budget conscious travellers can find flights to New York City, D.C., Boston, Nashville and Chicago which are the most affordable holiday destinations all with a median airfare under $500.
- Score a good deal by flying on a holiday. This is true for both Christmas and New Year’s Eve travel.
- Jamaica lures travellers with cheaper airfare. An appealing price tag combined with nonstop flight routes to white sand beaches is likely luring Canadian travellers to Montego Bay this New Year’s Eve.
- Colombia is still top of mind. Bogota replaced Cartagena on this year’s list of top trending New Year’s Eve destinations. But, good weather, festive activities and delicious food are not the only factors attracting Canadians to this beautiful country. Colombia’s Foreign Ministry’s decision to lift its “Reciprocity Fee” on May 1 for all Canadian tourists could be having an impact on the surge in travel interest.
- Canadians should book domestic travel in advance, but the price is right to book international flights last minute. For holiday travel, the best (most inexpensive) time to book domestic flights is five to seven weeks in advance. For international travel, Canadians can expect the cheapest flight prices if they book within the month leading up to their departure.
For more ideas and inspiration, check out KAYAK’s 2019 Holiday Trends Forecast, which offers insights into Canadian travel trends.