Google Just Named This Year’s Most Popular Holiday Travel Destinations

Expect not to be the only holiday traveler at these in-demand spots.

Levi Garcia/Shutterstock
Levi Garcia/Shutterstock
Levi Garcia/Shutterstock

Traveling for the holiday season is big this year, with TSA predicting it will be the busiest travel season on record. Whether you plan on traveling with family or traveling to get away from family, odds are you’ll be headed somewhere during the “most wonderful time of the year.”

Thanks to Google and new data from Google Flights specifically, we now know which destinations are the most-searched spots for trips from December 20, 2023 to January 5, 2024. The destinations below were most popular for travelers from US airports, meaning you’re likely to hear American accents during your international getaway.

  1. Cancun
  2. Miami / Fort Lauderdale
  3. London
  4. New York
  5. Tokyo
  6. San Juan
  7. Honolulu
  8. Orlando
  9. Paris
  10. Los Angeles

For domestic destinations on the list, most of them are warm weather locations, with the exception of New York City. The international destinations include popular tourism destinations year-round-Paris and London are notably infamous for their wintertime appeal, while the top spot (Cancun) offers the warm weather and beaches that the top domestic destinations offer.

Are you heading to any of these popular destinations this holiday season?

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Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Journalism from NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She’s worked in digital media for eight years, and before working at Thrillist, she wrote for Mic, The Cut, The Fader, Vice, and other publications. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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