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MissTravel Reveals Single Travelers' Preferred Holiday Destinations

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | November 05, 2015

MissTravel Reveals Single Travelers' Preferred Holiday Destinations

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The holidays are typically a time for traveling with family or traveling to be with family. However, not everyone will reconnect with parents, siblings and cousins this holiday season.

In fact, some will pursue love on a romantic getaway.

In that spirit, travel dating website — which pairs single travelers on first dates to locations all around the world — revealed its top holiday hooky destinations for the upcoming season. 

Unsurprisingly, Las Vegas is among the most popular destinations all season long, ranking first for Thanksgiving (863 trips planned between Nov. 26 and Nov. 29) and third for both Christmas and New Year's (759 combined trips planned between Dec. 20 and Jan. 3).

After Sin City, Miami and New York rank as the next-most popular destinations for a romantic getaway this Thanksgiving with 534 and 302 trips having been planned between Nov. 26 and Nov. 29, respectively.

Interestingly, though, the Philippines' Boracay Island beat out New York by a wide margin to take the top spot for Christmas, with more users preferring to spend the holiday in a tropical paradise than the Big Apple.

"So what’s Christmas like on an island? Aside (from) lounging and water sports during the day, Boracay gets serious about Christmas dinner," wrote travel photographer Monica Araceli in a 2014 blog post. "Every restaurant and hotel prepared a buffet or special menu for the 24th and 25th, lining the beach with beautiful lights and music."

Travelers are also seeking sunshine on New Year's with Dubai and Cancun, Mexico ranking as the top two destinations for users between Dec. 28 and Jan. 3.

With firework displays like this one, it's no wonder Dubai has begun to emerge as a preferred New Year's destination.

"Family get togethers can be a source of anxiety for many people, especially those who have a hard time answering questions about their personal lives," founder and CEO Brandon Wade said in a statement. "Most Americans only get two weeks of paid time off. Escaping to a romantic destination may be a better option for those who may not want to spend their precious vacation time dealing with these high-stress situations."


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