KAYAK reveals Canadian travel habits and hacks

Travel trendsetters take note: KAYAK, the world´s travel search engine, has forecasted the trending destinations where Canadians will be traveling to this holiday season and how long they plan to escape the colder climate, the company said.

KAYAK also shared key insights and travel hacks to make planning holiday travel easier and more affordable.

According to KAYAK´s data, people are taking more time off this year compared to last year with vacation days up across the board for Canadians, Americans and those in the U.K. But, Canadians are enjoying the most time off by taking an average of 13 vacation days over the holiday season- three days longer than US travelers and two days longer than travelers in the U.K.

Known to be a bit more relaxed than their US counterparts, these traits are reflected in their booking habits. Specifically, Canadians procrastinate when it comes to holiday travel waiting until October to start the search in comparison to Americans who start searching for holiday travel one month earlier in September.

According to KAYAK data, Montego Bay ranked #1 among the top ten trending holiday destinations for Canadian travelers with a 53% increase in searches compared to last year. Because Jamaica escaped two powerful hurricanes unscathed it´s a great option for anyone faced with decisions around where to vacation in the Caribbean this holiday season. Kauai, Kingston and São Paulo also saw an increase in interest, proving time again that Canadians are looking to escape the cold weather for the holidays.

Not only did Cancún and Puerto Vallarta both make the top 10 trending list for holiday travel, but four out of 10 cities on KAYAK´s wallet-friendly holiday destinations list for Canadians are within Mexico and offer some of the best travel deals for the holidays, especially those looking for last-minute getaways.

While Reykjavik continues to be a top travel destination, Portugal is out to steal the limelight this holiday season; Lisbon grabs the #1 spot on the top trending holiday destinations list for Torontonians with a 190% increase in searches YOY. Affordable accommodations and a good public transit system paired with an increase in direct flights are likely driving interest to this historical city.

Calgarians are taking the long haul for warmer weather: Cape Town and Lima rank among the top searched destinations by Calgarians, seeing more than an 80% increase in searches YOY. Whether it´s due to a weakened rand in South Africa or the booming culinary scene in Peru (Machu Picchu is a given), both destinations offer something for everyone – from budget to indulgence.