Think about it: When was the last time you took a true vacation, outside of the obligatory family reunions or annual holidays at your in-laws’ house? It’s time to make the most of your vacation days—and there has never been a better time to hop across the pond.
According to the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization, global tourism just reached a record high—beating out 2017, which had already seen the biggest growth in international travel in seven years. In fact, the organizations’ preliminary data reveals that about 1.4 billion people traveled internationally last year, a 6 percent increase from 2017. More travelers means prices are bound to go up, so look into these 12 off-season travel deals you’ll want to book now.
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Plus, there is no shortage of ideal spots for a getaway. Destinations in the Middle East recorded the biggest tourism boost in 2018, with international arrivals increasing by 10 percent. Meanwhile, the Asia and the Pacific showed 6 percent overall growth in international visits.
You can’t go wrong in Europe, either. France is predicted to remain the world’s most popular tourist destination, The Telegraph reports, with early data showing an estimated 93.8 million visitors in 2018. If you want to get more specific, check out the 15 most visited cities around the world.
While the United States is still predicted to hold the No. 2 rank, it actually had relatively slow growth, with North America seeing a below-average 4.2 percent boost. Initial numbers show the United States saw around 82.2 million visitors, so third-place Spain isn’t far behind with its predicted 81.8 million tourists.
Granted, the rankings won’t be final until later this year. But when in doubt, you can always book tickets for one of the best budget travel destinations for 2019 in the meantime!