Top travel destinations for 2015

At 180 metres tallm 30 St. Mary Axe, nicknamed "The Gherkin", is the second tallest building in the City of London.

At 180 metres tall, 30 St. Mary Axe, nicknamed “The Gherkin”, is the second tallest building in the City of London.

One of the largest travel networks in the world, American Express, has revealed the top travel trends and destinations to which travellers are planning on heading in 2015.

Insights were gathered from a survey of more than 200 American Express travel counsellors throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Among the travel experts surveyed, 86 per cent noted customers are planning on spending the same or more on travel as they did in 2014, and many are looking for enriched experiences—splurging on upgrades, in-trip experiences and trips with longer durations.

More and more customers are also planning to vacation with their family next year, with 23 per cent of those surveyed planning to travel with their immediate family in 2015.

Trending Destinations for 2015
Based on where American Express travel services customers are booking travel in the New Year, it is clear travellers want to go farther in 2015. From Mexico and the Caribbean to New Zealand, the following destinations are trending:
1. London, England
2. Santiago, Chile
3. Paris, France
4. Mumbai, India
5. Buenos Aires, Argentina
6. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
7. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
8. Sydney, Australia
9. New York, New York
10. San Francisco, California

Based on the survey findings, there is an increased demand for Australia, as well as destinations in Asia and Europe, including Vietnam, Myanmar, Croatia, Iceland and Italy.

Hitting the High Seas
Cruising continues to be a popular mode of travel and more than half (51 per cent) of the survey respondents expect to see an increase in cruise bookings next year.