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No. 10: Barcelona, Spain (31 per cent increase)

The port in Barcelona is the main getaway to the Mediterranean, which increases interest in the destination while also offering accessible means to sightsee. Or, you can hop on board one of the many, many, many cruises available if that’s more your thing.
Tip: Book two months in advance to receive the best prices (even six weeks out will still have low prices, but watch out as they increase greatly after that).

The top trending holiday destinations for Canadians in 2017

KAYAK‘s 2017 holiday data was recently unveiled, highlighting the most searched places for holiday travel this year, as selected by Canadians. Findings are taken from flight searches conducted between January 1, 2017 through to September 28, 2017, and the searches coincide with travel planned between December 1, 2017 and January 15, 2018.

KAYAK’s research found that Canadians book their holiday flights later than Americans, who start locking down plans in September. Canadians do it a month later in October (so now’s the time to get planning!). This could perhaps have to do with the order of Thanksgiving; Americans may need to plan earlier since their Thanksgiving holiday is in November rather than October, and they don’t want to miss out on deals and be rushing last minute to figure out plans. However, KAYAK notes that flight prices tend to decrease at the beginning of November and remain pretty constant throughout the holidays, so does the extra month really matter?

As for when Canadians tend to search for both domestic and international flights, KAYAK reports that the 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST window during weekdays is primetime. After all, who doesn’t like to day dream about vacation while sitting at work? Friday is the cheapest day to fly out of Canada (or across Canada) and Monday is the cheapest day to return.

Interesting to note is that Canadians tend to take an average of 13 vacation days (three more than those in the U.S.) during the winter holidays, which is three more days than last year’s findings.

Other interesting findings worth mentioning:

For the second year in a row, people flying out of Ottawa are opting for places in the U.S. when picking their holiday spots.

Hawaii is a go-to spot for those flying out of Edmonton, but for the first time in four years, Hawaii didn’t make the top trending list for Calgarians, according to KAYAK’S results.

Note: All flight searches are round-trip economy flights, excluding price outliers based on certain criteria. Prices may vary.

Click through to see the 10 top trending holiday destinations that got Canadians excited this year.

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