Over the past few years, an increasing number of Americans have been spending more time traveling overseas, with the summer season obviously the most popular months for travel, especially for families. Last June alone, more than 4.8 million Americans traveled overseas to popular destinations, like Europe, the Caribbeans, Asia and South America — a 9.6 percent increase from June the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO). What might come as more of a surprise is an even bigger increase of travelers are wisely skipping the summer crowds and taking time off during the fall months for international travel, instead. Take October, for example: In 2017, more than 2.7 million U.S. citizens traveled overseas, while, in 2018, more than 3.1 million did; that’s an increase of 14.2 percent. All this to ask: Should you consider booking an international vacation? Well, if you love saving money and booking smarter, actively avoiding crowds at all costs and don’t mind bundling up, then the answer is a resounding “yes!”
October may have experienced the biggest increase in travelers, but the surrounding months also saw a decent bump in overseas travel. August saw a 9.6 increase, September a 11.6 increase, and November a 12.3 increase. But where should you start your research? According to SkyScanner, Barcelona, Paris, Lisbon, Moscow and Athens are the cheapest fall international destinations this year. But a handful of other popular cities are not only cheaper to fly to, but boast decent autumn weather and sights.
Ahead, we’ve curated a list of 10 international destinations to consider for your next fall trip.