Your Ultimate Fall Travel Guide

By KAYAK

Bummed that summer is over? Did you basically spend June – August at the office? Whether you’re looking for the right destination to spend your October holiday, or simply want to find an affordable autumn escape, we can help. We’ve combed through our data to find out what’s trending, what’s affordable, and what’s the best time to travel this fall. Read below for the tips, tricks and trends, then start searching.

10 Trending Global Fall Destinations

We combed our data to find the hottest destinations for Autumn. Plan an international getaway to these trending cities seeing the biggest increase in interest from travelers.

  1. Havana: 75% increase in interest
  2. Lisbon: 46% increase in interest
  3. Madrid: 38% increase in interest
  4. Barcelona: 32% increase in interest
  5. Amsterdam: 27% increase in interest
  6. Bali: 26% increase in interest
  7. Paris: 24% increase in interest
  8. Rome: 21% increase in interest
  9. London: 17% increase in interest
  10. Tokyo: 15% increase in interest

10 Trending European Fall Destinations

Haven’t you heard? Airfare to Europe has dropped significantly this year. Start planning your Eurotrip with these trending destinations that are seeing an increase in traveler interest.

  1. Porto: 48% increase in interest
  2. Lisbon: 46% increase in interest
  3. Madrid: 38% increase in interest
  4. Barcelona: 32% increase in interest
  5. Athens: 28% increase in interest
  6. Amsterdam: 27% increase in interest
  7. Paris: 24% increase in interest
  8. Rome: 21% increase in interest
  9. London: 17% increase in interest
  10. Venice: 14% increase in interest

TRAVEL HACK: Is Portugal the new Iceland? This destination has been popping towards the top of nearly all our trending lists (like here, here and here). Make it your next destination to get there before the tourists catch on…

10 Domestic Fall Destinations under $300

Get away without clearing out your bank account. These destinations all have a median airfare of under $300 for a round-trip flight.

  1. Orlando: Median airfare $218
  2. Las Vegas: Median airfare $228
  3. New York: Median airfare $248
  4. Miami: Median airfare $256
  5. Los Angeles: Median airfare $217
  6. New Orleans: Median airfare$273
  7. Chicago: Median airfare $210
  8. Denver: Median airfare $186
  9. San Francisco: Median airfare $296
  10. Fort Lauderdale: Median airfare $200

Before the holiday season starts in November (and all the travel math changes), we wanted to find out what’s the least expensive time to travel this fall. Using our Travel Hacker Guide’s most popular destinations for 2017, here’s when you should head to these top cities.

Cheapest Fall Weekends to visit KAYAK’s 10 Most Popular Destinations

  1. Cancun:  The third weekend of September is the least expensive weekend. Median airfare $149.
  2. San Juan: The third weekend in September is the least expensive weekend. Median airfare $145.
  3. Boston: The third weekend of September is the least expensive weekend. Median airfare $133.
  4. Chicago: The third weekend in September is the least expensive weekend. Median airfare $121.
  5. Denver: The third weekend in September is the least expensive weekend. Median airfare $136.
  6. Fort Lauderdale: The third weekend in September is the least expensive weekend. Median airfare $141.
  7. Las Vegas:The third weekend in September is the least expensive weekend. Median airfare $126.
  8. Los Angeles: The third weekend in September is the least expensive weekend. Median airfare $122.
  9. Miami: The fourth weekend in September is the least expensive weekend. Median airfare $138.
  10. New Orleans: The last weekend in September is the least expensive weekend. Median airfare $129.
  11. New York: The third weekend of September is the least expensive weekend. Median airfare $131.
  12. Orlando:The fourth weekend in September is the least expensive weekend. Median airfare $148.
  13. San Francisco: The third weekend in September is the least expensive weekend. Median airfare $130.

TRAVEL HACK: See a trend here? You can score the best travel deals in September, especially later in the month on the third and fourth weekends.

Columbus Day Travel

Before planning your long weekend away, we figured out the best date combinations to maximize your potential for travel savings.

  • Least Expensive Travel Dates: For Columbus Day travel, if you can travel Saturday, October 7 to Tuesday, October 10, you’ll see the cheapest rates with median airfare coming in around $219 for those travel dates.
  • Most Expensive Travel Dates: Traveling Friday, October 6 to Monday, October 9 is among one of the most expensive travel date combinations for Columbus Day weekend with median airfare hovering around $282.

As the leaves start to turn and that crisp air makes you reach for a sweater, it’s definitely a good time to start mapping out your next escape. Pick apples, drink pumpkin spice flavored things, then plan your fall vacation.

Methodology
Trending Global Destinations & Trending Europe Destinations
KAYAK pulled internal data based on coach, round trip flights from the US. Searches were pulled between January 1, 2017 and June 8, 2017 for travel dates of September 5, 2017 to November 30, 2017. All searches were pulled from KAYAK’s internal database.

Domestic Destinations under $300
KAYAK pulled median flight prices based on all coach, roundtrip flights from the US with search dates of January 1, 2017 and June 15, 2017 and travel dates of September 15, 2017 to November 11, 2017. All searches were pulled from KAYAK’s internal database.

Cheapest Fall Weekends
KAYAK pulled median flight prices based on all coach, roundtrip flights from the US with search dates of January 1, 2017 to June 15, 2017 and travel dates of September 15, 2017 to November 11, 2017. All searches were pulled from KAYAK’s internal database.

Columbus Day Travel
KAYAK pulled median flight prices based on all coach, roundtrip flights from the US with search dates between May 1, 2016 and October 10, 2016 with travel dates between October 6, 2016 and October 13, 2016. All searches were pulled from KAYAK’s internal database.

Header Image Attribution: Songquan Deng/Shutterstock.com