Top locations for Christmas and new year travel

Top locations for Christmas and new year travel

As many of us haven’t travelled abroad over the past 18 months, our list of dream holiday destinations has grown. Whether it’s seeking sunny Spanish culture, the vast sites of America, or the traditional heritage of Italy, we’ve all got our sights set on going somewhere. But which locations are top of our wish list, and who will be jetting off first?

A graphic showing how likely each age group is to travel this Xmas.

When it comes to which Brits are most likely to travel abroad, Gen Z’s (those aged 16-24) are top, with over one in five saying they want to travel this Christmas. It seems the younger you are, the more likely you will be jetting off this Christmas, with 15% of Millennials (those aged 25-34) also planning a trip compared to only 4% of those aged 55+. 

A graph listing the top destinations for a Christmas break.

Unsurprisingly the USA is top of the dream destinations for a Christmas break - Brits have been unable to travel state-side for almost two years! Europe is still a dream location for many Brits, with Spain, Italy, Greece, and Switzerland making up the top 5. 

A map pinpointing popular travel spots for the upcoming year.

Looking past Christmas and into 2022, the country topping our destination wish list is Spain. Europe continues to be an in-demand holiday destination as Greece, Italy, and Portugal all sit at the top of our lists, with the USA as the only country outside of Europe to make one of the top spots. 

Do I need an ETIAS VISA to travel to any of these locations?

Travellers that do not need any kind of visa to visit EU Schengen countries currently, will not need to apply for an ETIAS Visa until 2023. All other travellers will need to apply for an ETIAS Visa now, visit this page to get started.


We collated the information featured in this piece by polling 2,005 general consumers in November 2021. The research was conducted on behalf of ESTA by Censuswide. Censuswide abide by and employ members of the Market Research Society which are based on the ESOMAR principles.