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2017 is coming to an end, which means its time to start planning adventures for the new year. With numerous go-to Caribbean islands damaged by the season’s hurricanes, travelers are looking for alternatives such as the Spanish island of Tenerife. Experts say that northern destinations such as Alaska, Canada and Iceland are also increasing in popularity. The combination of spectacular landscapes, scenery and overall safety factor make it easy to see why.
According to USA Today, prices are increasing: global airfares are expected to rise 3.5% in 2018 and hotels will increase 3.7%. The inflation rates are slightly higher than the predicted 3%, so it will pay to plan ahead when booking
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In the United States, midwestern cities such as Indianapolis, IN and Columbus, OH are seeing some of the strongest growth, motivated by busy downtown districts buzzing with new restaurants, local arts, and nightlife. Other high-growth destinations consist of towns offering abundant nature lodging close to popular national parks.
Destinations in North America, particularly those within driving distance of the Canadian Rockies are attracting a rising number of guests. Edmonton, as well as the mountain towns of Fernie and Kelowna feature an abundance of year-round outdoor activities such as cross- country skiing, fly fishing and wine tasting.
Travelers heading to South America are flocking to the countless seaside communities along Brazil’s extensive coastline. Destinations such as Matinhos and Guarapari are drawing travelers to miles of beautiful beaches and away from the urban bustle of bigger cities such as Rio and São Paulo.
Trending big cities in Asia such as Guangzhou are consistent with high growth overall in China. Sparkling waterfronts and centuries old architecture complete with cosmopolitan amenities make up the cities of Hanoi and Da Nang in the neighboring country of Vietnam.
The highest surges in Europe are taking place in the Mediterranean, specifically the Cyprian towns of Paphos and Gazimagusa, notorious for gleaming rock beaches and ancient ruins. The seaside resort of Bournemouth along England’s southern coast is also seeing a significant increase in bookings since last year. The combination of dramatic seascapes, warm climate, and energetic nightlife of casinos and clubs make Bournemouth an alluring destination.
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Travelers are more concerned about safety then ever. As stated by Carrie Pasquarello, executive director of Global Secure Resources, “Travelers need to be proactive with risk mitigation strategies to ensure a safe and secure trip”. Consider brushing up on safety knowledge with one of numerous safety courses offered online.
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