Where Britons want to spend their winter abroad revealed

Where Britons want to spend their winter abroad revealed by Tripadvisor – and it’s Dubai that takes the top spot, with Tenerife second and New York beating Paris

  • Tripadvisor has drawn up the list using search and ‘sentiment data’ 
  • It also compiled a list of the fastest-growing international destinations 
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The number one holiday spot for Britons this winter is Dubai, according to data from Tripadvisor.

The gleaming UAE city tops a ranking of popular international destinations for Brits to spend the months of December, January and February in.

Tripadvisor has drawn up the list using search and ‘sentiment data’ (positive and negative opinions), with the research placing Costa Adeje in Tenerife, Canary Islands, second.

In third place comes New York, beating popular European cities Paris and Amsterdam, which place fourth and fifth on the list, respectively. 

Dubai (pictured) tops a ranking of popular international destinations for Brits to spend the months of December, January and February in, based on data collected by Tripadvisor 

Costa Adeje (pictured) in the Canary Islands ranks second on Tripadvisor’s list

Coming in at number six is the famed holiday spot Benidorm, on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, followed by Puerto Del Carmen (seventh) in Lanzarote. 

Rounding out the list is Thailand’s capital Bangkok (eighth) followed by two in-demand spots in Spain’s Canary Islands, Playa Blanca (ninth) in Lanzarote, and Playa de las Americas in sunny Tenerife (tenth). 

Tripadvisor also compiled a list of the fastest-growing international destinations, with Hong Kong taking the number one spot, followed by Tokyo in second place. 

Tripadvisor reveals New York (pictured) as a popular international travel destination for Brits for the winter – it places third on the list

Fourth on the list is Paris, which beats Amsterdam into fifth


Popular international destinations 

1. Dubai, UAE

2. Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Spain

3. New York City, U.S

4. Paris, France 

 5. Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

6. Benidorm, Spain 

7. Puerto Del Carmen, Spain 

8. Bangkok, Thailand 

9. Playa Blanca, Spain 

10. Playa de las Americas, Spain 

Fastest-growing international destinations

1. Hong Kong, China 

2. Tokyo, Japan 

3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia 

4. San Agustin, Spain 

5. Siem Reap, Cambodia 

6. Hoi An, Vietnam 

7. Hanoi, Vietnam 

8. Muscat, Oman 

9. Seville, Spain 

10. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Source: Tripadvisor 


The travel company has further revealed the top 10 most popular domestic destinations for travel in the months of December, January and February. 

London tops the ranking, followed by the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, in second place and York in third.

Also featuring on the list are northwest cities Liverpool (fourth), Manchester (fifth) and Blackpool (sixth). The rest of the ranking comprises Bath (seventh), Glasgow (eighth), Birmingham (ninth) and Belfast, in tenth place. 

The fastest-growing domestic destinations, according to Tripadvisor, are Derry/ Londonderry, in Northern Ireland (first) and Broadway (second), an idyllic village in the Cotswolds. 

Tripadvisor also shared the fastest-growing international destinations for Christmas travel, revealing where Brits are looking to jet off to for a break between December 21, 2023 and January 1, 2024. 

Amsterdam places top, followed by Cancun, Mexico (second), and Rovaniemi, Lapland (third). 

Tripadvisor says London (pictured) is the number one spot for domestic travel over the winter period

Derry/Londonderry (above) in Northern Ireland is a regularly searched-for winter-break spot, placing first in the ranking of fastest-growing domestic destinations

Amsterdam (pictured) places first on Tripadvisor’s ranking of the fastest-growing international destinations for Christmas travel

For those looking for a budget winter getaway, Tripadvisor suggests booking for January 2024, which comes out as the most ‘affordable’ month. 

‘The week of January 15 is the most affordable week for Bora Bora, Siem Reap, New York and Paris,’ the travel company says.  

Looking ahead, it seems to be a busy year for travel, as Tripadvisor reveals four in five Brits (83 per cent) are planning to book a holiday next year, around one-third (31 per cent) of whom plan to take three to four trips across the year. 

Tripadvisor says hotels are by far the most preferred accommodation type for 2024, at 80 per cent, followed by vacation rentals at 27 per cent. 


Most popular domestic destinations for winter travel 

1. London

2. Edinburgh 

3. York 

4. Liverpool 

5. Manchester

6. Blackpool 

7. Bath 

8. Glasgow 

9. Birmingham 

10. Belfast 


Fastest-growing domestic destinations 

1. Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland

2. Broadway, Cotswolds

3.Eastbourne, East Sussex

4. Pitlochry, Perth & Kinross

5. South Queensferry, Edinburgh

6. Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire

7. St Ives, Cornwall

8. Newquay, Cornwall

9. Chester, Cheshire 

10. Aviemore, Scottish Highlands

Fastest-growing international destinations for Christmas travel (December 21, 2023 – January 1, 2024)

 1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2. Cancun, Mexico

3. Rovaniemi, Lapland

4. Playa del Carmen, Mexico 

5. Punto Cana, Dominican Republic 


6. Istanbul, Turkey 

7. Paris, France

8. Paphos, Cyprus

9. Tulum, Mexico 

10. Antalya, Turkey 

Source: Tripadvisor 

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