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5 Holiday Travel Destinations You Never Thought Of Visiting
Can’t decide where to go for your sunny getaway? Take a few cues from your fellow Canadians! We asked the folks at Kayak—the world’s leading travel search engine—to reveal five cities that have seen big spikes in searches for holiday travel.
1. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Travel trendsetters take note: this island in the heart of the Caribbean sea is a must-visit. The destination consists of thirty-two small islands and cays, nine of which are inhabited. Fans of white sand beaches, crystal blue water and lush forests will find St. Vincent and the Grenadines to be the perfect holiday getaway. The island’s notorious volcano, La Soufrière, last erupted in 1979. January to May is dry season on the island, and arguably the best time to visit. Fun fact: In terms of Kayak searches, St. Vincent is one of the top trending holiday travel destinations among Torontonians!
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2. Cape Town, South Africa
Nestled on the shore of Table Bay, this multicultural city is South Africa’s most unique. Cape Town’s crown jewel is the 600-million-year-old natural wonder Table Mountain, but there are dozens of other reasons the capital is one of the best holiday travel destinations. Visitors looking for more down-to-earth attractions can check out the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Boulder Penguin Colony, Clifton Beaches, Cape Point Nature Reserve and the (literally) colourful Bo-Kaap neighbourhood. Combined with beautiful spring-like weather in December, Cape Town has it all. Fun fact: In terms of Kayak searches, Cape Town is the #1 trending holiday destination among Calgarians!
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3. Bogotá, Colombia
Located at 2,640 metres above sea level, Bogotá is Colombia’s cultural centre. A striking mix of old and new, futuristic buildings sit side-by-side next to stunning colonial architecture. The Colombian capital’s vibrant cuisine—a fusion of ingredients, traditions and techniques—makes the city a genuine culinary destination. Its beating heart, the Museo del Oro, houses more than 55,000 pieces of gold, while the Iglesia de San Francisco is the city’s oldest surviving church. Bogotá is a sightseer’s paradise. Travel hack: For both international and domestic flights, Friday is the cheapest day to fly out and Monday is the cheapest return.
4. New Delhi, India
With kingdoms and rulers rising and falling throughout the centuries, few holiday travel destinations scream “history” like New Delhi. When it comes to ancient ruins, you really can’t go wrong: the Red Fort, founded by Emperor Shah Jahan and completed in 1648; the Qutb Minar Complex; or Humayun’s Tomb, which is believed to have inspired the Taj Mahal. Travelling to New Delhi almost feels like stepping back in time.And don’t miss street favourites like jaleeb, chaat papdi and golgappas. Fun fact: In terms of Kayak searches, the Indian capital is the #2 trending holiday travel destination among residents of Ottawa!
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5. Taipei, Taiwan
Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul may be among the most popular destinations in East Asia, but Taipei will impress even the most jaded traveller. Home to famous night markets, gorgeous green spaces, and world-class designer boutiques and clubs, Taipei proves that its reputation as a city that never sleeps isn’t hyperbole. The Taiwanese capital also boasts some of the most delicious street food in the world: dorayaki (red bean cake), grilled squid, guabao (pork belly buns) and tofu fries are particular must-eats. Fun fact: In terms of Kayak searches, Taipei is one of the top trending holiday travel destinations among Vancouverites!
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