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Top 10 Destinations for Canadian Travellers This Summer

In need of some R&R but also want to get the best bang for your buck? We asked the folks at Kayak—the world’s leading travel search engine—to reveal the 10 cities that have seen the biggest spikes in searches for summer travel.

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1. Lisbon, Portugal

If you want to explore Europe on a budget, check out Lisbon. Affordability, culture and stunning locales make the city the #1 destination for Canadian travel over the summer, with a 126 per cent increase in Kayak searches compared to last year.

Check out the 10 Most Affordable Wine Destinations in the World.

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2. San Jose, Costa Rica

Calling all budget travellers: San Jose is now offering cheaper airfare! While it may not be at the top of your list of destinations to visit in Costa Rica, the charming city saw a 103 per cent increase in searches for summer travel compared to last year.

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3. Lima, Peru

Instagram-worthy colonial architecture and delightful weather means that Lima is still one of the most popular destinations in South America. Searches for Peru’s capital city increased by 79 per cent, while its median airfare is down by seven per cent.

Fun fact: Kayak’s data shows that the least expensive time to travel this summer is the week of August 28.

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4. Athens, Greece

Seeking adventure in the Mediterranean? A less than favourable exchange rate isn’t slowing down interest in this southeastern European country, as Kayak shows a 75 per cent search increase for Athens.

Greece offers some of the world’s most beautiful and culturally significant attractions. Journey back in time with these Top 10 Things to Do in Athens.

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5. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Offering a mix of past and present (and renowned cuisine) at an easy-to-swallow price, it’s no wonder Canadians are looking towards Vietnam as a summer travel destination! Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest city, saw a search increase of 57 per cent.

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6. Denpasar, Indonesia

Denpasar is one of only two Asian destinations to have cracked Kayak’s top 10 summer travel destinations for Canadians and, like Ho Chi Minh City, also saw a 57 per cent search increase. Here you’ll find the Sakenan Temple, Bajra Sandhi Monument and the Denpasar Arts Centre.

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7. Barcelona, Spain

Travellers who want to be on trend without breaking the bank should consider the food and drink paradise that is Barcelona. While searches saw an increase of 52 per cent, the city’s flight prices have decreased by three per cent.

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8. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Seventeenth-century buildings and the Amstel river means that Amsterdam is still one of Europe’s most popular destinations. According to Kayak, searches increased by 52 per cent among Canadian travellers.

Fun fact: According to Kayak, Canadians are torn between destinations where their money will travel just as far they will vs. cities with a reputation for being expensive.

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9. Seattle, Washington

More than a rain-soaked port city, the art haven and coffee paradise that is Seattle, Washington saw a 50 per cent increase in searches for summer travel compared to last year.

Fun fact: Budget-savvy travellers willing to roll the dice can often find a deal by waiting until the very last minute, but don’t try this on busy holiday weekends or in a city with limited inventory.

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10. New York City, NY

What is left to say about New York? The City So Nice, They Named It Twice is home to some of the most famous attractions in the world—the Museum of Modern Art, Central Park and the Empire State Building, to name a few—and saw a 49 per cent search increase, according to Kayak.