The Top Trending Destinations for This Winter Named by Airbnb

The platform has identified the most popular destinations for both US and global travelers.

Courtesy of Airbnb
Courtesy of Airbnb
Courtesy of Airbnb

Airbnb has revealed its most popular travel destinations for winter 2024, and the mix of locations includes everything from warm beaches to snowy mountain towns. A couple of the big international destinations include Osaka, Japan and São Paulo, Brazil. These top spots were determined by worldwide searches between January 1 and September 15, 2023, for this year’s winter and holiday travel.

These are places Airbnb users have their eyes on the most, according to the platform’s data:

  • Osaka, Japan
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Québec City, Canada
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Hanover, Germany
  • Wānaka, New Zealand
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • Muang Pattaya, Thailand
  • Tokyo, Japan

You can see these preferences also play out in some of the most-wishlisted Airbnbs for this winter; like this apartment in Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Japan or this cottage in Lake Hawea, Wanaka, New Zealand.

A trend from US-based Airbnb users is the search for a warm and sunny beach to ride out the colder weather. These are the trending warm weather destinations for winter 2024:

  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Havana, Cuba
  • La Fortuna, Costa Rica
  • Nassau, The Bahamas
  • Cali, Colombia
  • Culebra, Puerto Rico
  • São Paulo, Brazil

You’ll notice that these spots are a bit outside of the box compared to some of the popular and more well-known beach spots. This also serves as great inspiration for destinations that won’t be overcrowded with tourists and all-inclusive resort types.

Outside of specific destinations, there are also a slew of key features that are popular with winter vacationers, based on 2023 booking data for US guests. People are really looking for some mix of the following:

  • Amazing pools
  • Beach
  • Tropical
  • National parks
  • Iconic cities
  • Amazing views
  • Golfing
  • Cabins
  • Countryside
  • Surfing

If you didn’t have any ideas for your winter getaway before, you have plenty of inspiration now!

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If you’re ready for an adventure but not sure where you’d like to go or what to do, we’re on it. The best new hotels opening up around the world. The most exciting places to travel without a passport. The world’s best beaches, as ranked by travel influencers. It’s all here along with all the travel news you need to stay informed and inspired.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTikTokTwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

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 seven 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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