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The 7 most popular international destinations this summer revealed in a new report


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We are experiencing a super busy summer this year as travelers are eager to explore the world.

But where is everyone going for the next few weeks? A new report has the answer.

Forwardkeys, a travel analytics firm, recently published the results of a study showing the most popular urban destinations from July 1 to August 31.

Some of the destinations match those in the TripAdvisor and Google Flights reports, but others may surprise travelers.

Sanphet Prasat Palace, Old Town, Bangkok, Thailand

Forwardkey experts analyzed billions of searches, including airlines, travel agencies and search companies like Kayak, Kiwi, Skyscanner and more, to reveal the most popular destinations.

The full report shows the top 100 destinations and compares their performance to last year.

One of the main differences from the 2022 results is that now that pandemic-related travel restrictions have been lifted, Asian cities have escalated.

These are the 7 most popular international destinations this summer according to the new report:

7) Istanbul

Turkey has been gaining a lot of popularity as one of the best travel destinations in 2023, and Istanbul is a must visit this summer.

This city has stunning architecture, delicious food, spectacular views, and a fascinating history. Many travelers immediately fall in love with Istanbul the first time they visit.

The Sultanahmet Mosque or Blue Mosque in the old town of Istanbul at night, Turkey.

6) Lisbon

The capital of Portugal attracts travelers from all over the world – especially digital nomads due to the high quality of life and the visa – and there are many reasons to visit.

Travelers flock here for the beautiful architecture, vibrant nightlife, delicious and affordable food, and great beaches.

Lisbon can also be a great base to explore other destinations in this beautiful country.

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beautiful terrace during sunny day in Lisbon

5) Barcelona

Although there are some things that travelers should keep in mind before visiting Barcelona this summer, this city seems to be one of the headquarters for globetrotters.

Despite the large crowds, Barcelona offers travelers incredible attractions, a great young and happy atmosphere, and many events and festivals.

sidewalk at Barceloneta beach in Spain during sunny day

4) Denpasar Bali

This capital city of Bali is the main hub for those who want to explore this enchanting island. Summer and the beach go hand in hand, but Bali’s beaches make the traveler’s experience even better. No wonder it made it to the top ten.

This summer, Bali will be packed with tourists and digital nomads, but travelers can still hit the best spots to avoid the crowds.

Visitors should consider strict new rules, such as travelers not being able to drive scooters without an official license or staying in unregistered accommodation, when traveling to Bali this summer.

Woman carrying a basket on her head walking towards a temple in Bali

3) London

Language is not a barrier to this incredible destination, and summer is the best tourist season.

London is known for its rainy and cloudy days, but during the summer there are more opportunities for sunny days that allow visitors to admire the impressive cityscape and walk through its popular streets.

There are also world-class museums, incredible sights and activities, and a vibrant nightlife.

People walking along the river in London with Tower Bridge in the background.

2) Paris

It seems that despite the worrying crisis that France is going through, tourists always want to visit this charming city!

The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, the Seine… There is so much to see and do in Paris, and this city is a dream come true for many people around the world.

During the summer, travelers enjoy the music festivals, the long days, the beautiful sunsets that embellish the already spectacular buildings… It is not surprising that it continues to be a top destination.

paris is always in fashion!

Woman eating a croissant next to the Eiffel Tower

1) Bangkok

And finally, the first place goes to the capital of Thailand – Bangkok.

This destination made a clear first place; it has been the most researched city during the summer, even well ahead of Paris.

This result is also proof of the recovery of the Asia Pacific market and the reactivation of global competition from the different destinations, explained the vice president of Insights at ForwardKeys, Olivier Ponti.

Travelers heading to Thailand this summer should keep up with the new rules as a new tourist fee will be introduced.

grand palace and wat phra keaw at sunset bangkok thailand

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