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Looking to Avoid the Crowds? Study Finds the Most Popular Destinations You'll Want to Skip.

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by Olivia Harden Mar 30, 2022

It’s officially spring, so it’s time to get those travel plans together, especially since plane tickets are about to go up and gas prices seem to be getting ever higher. And with so many amazing cities and countries to visit, you might want to consider going on the road less traveled. Bounce, a company specializing in luggage storage, conducted a study to find the top travel destinations by country and overall search volume.

When it comes to the top city breaks by country, London and New York City tie for third place — the ultimate destination for five countries. The hustle and bustle of New York City can be found in all five of the city’s boroughs, making it easy to get lost in. And London is the obvious choice for a visit to the United Kingdom if you want to get a feel for the culture.

In second place is Dubai as the top destination for seven countries. With its luxurious hotels, resorts, and shopping experiences, the country is constantly breaking records for something bigger, better, and more unique.

And finally, in first place is Miami as the top destination for eight countries. Miami is the epitome of summer fun, granting you the luxury of clear Caribbean water without ever leaving the US. However, by Google searches, Miami ranks third with 6,528,700 Google searches. New York City ranks second with 8,743,600 Google searches. And the most Googled city destination in the world is Las Vegas, Nevada. With 9,688,600 Google searches, the strip is sure to be crowded as people flock to mega-hotels and incredible performances.

The top 10 most popular city break destinations in the world

  • Las Vegas — 9,688,600 Google searches
  • New York City — 8,743,600 Google searches
  • Miami — 6,528,700 Google searches
  • Dubai — 5,736,700 Google searches
  • London — 4,672,500 Google searches
  • Hawaii — 4, 238,600 Google searches
  • Orlando — 3,334,600 Google searches
  • Paris — 2,975, 100 Google searches
  • New Orleans — 2,902,500 Google searches
  • Los Angeles, 2,511,500 Google searches

When it comes to countries, Cyprus and New Zealand tie for the most popular destination in two countries, Cyprus is the most popular destination in Poland and Greece. In contrast, New Zealand is the most popular destination for Australians and New Zealanders who love their homeland. Malta was the most popular destination in four countries, and with its warm Mediterranean water and sandy beaches, it’s no wonder why. And the most popular destination in nine countries is the Maldives — somewhere know for luxury that can actually be visited on a budget if you plan right. Even though the destination is popular, it may not feel like it once you arrive at any of the luxury resorts on private islands with incredible reefs and clear water that make it a great snorkeling destination and a honeymoon from heaven. The Maldives is also the number one most searched destination worldwide, with 2,457,200 making plans. India is the second most searched for country with 1,478,300 searches. Visitors flock to sites and activities like the Taj Mahal, Golden Temple, and yoga retreats. And the third most searched destination is Singapore, with 1,224,500 Google searches.

The top 10 most popular country destinations in the world

  • Maldives — 2,457,200 Google searches
  • India — 1,478,300 Google searches
  • Singapore — 1,224,500 Google searches
  • Costa Rica — 1,067,300 Google searches
  • Mexico — 1, 059,000 Google searches
  • Japan — 1,051,200 Google searches
  • Jamaica — 1,021,900 Google searches
  • Greece — 998,200 Google searches
  • Bahamas — 957,000 Google searches
  • Austrailia — 867,000 Google searches

To find out the most popular cities and countries to travel to in the world and the most popular city and country travel destinations in every country, Bounce used Google Keyword Planner to find the total number of Google searches for “flights to,” “hotels in,” and “vacations to” every country in the world and 65 of the most popular city vacation destinations from February 2021 to January 2022.

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