This blog post was updated on December 24, 2019.

The holiday season is upon us and travelers are beginning to board and book flights. Most people traveling for the holidays are flying domestically to visit family and friends, but some will be trotting around the globe to celebrate turkey day! According to CheapOair’s own data geeks, airfare prices dropped significantly in late August of this year and remained low all the way to November. A lot of travelers took advantage of those fares and booked international trips for Thanksgiving.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the most popular global Thanksgiving destinations CheapOair customers booked with some inspiration for holiday activities to do there…no matter when you visit!

Volunteer in Cancun, Mexico

Although we’ve seen travel to Cancun drop 44% compared to last year, it still remains at the top of our list of international destinations for Thanksgiving. If you’re headed here, you may be interested in giving back by volunteering. Take a short break from the beach and head to Huellas de Pan (a non-profit civil association) to prepare nutritious meals and serve both children and the elderly in need. You may find it humbling to connect with community members. Oh, and Huellas de Pan welcomes volunteers of all ages to give a helping hand!

Donate to Mexico City, Mexico

Beautiful Mexico City continues to shine even after the tragic 7.1 magnitude earthquake. The city ranks #2 in our top international Thanksgiving destinations, so if you’re traveling here for the holiday or just traveling here to get away, make an act of kindness by donating (any amount) to support the UNICEF Disaster Relief Fund. After your donation, a popular and fun activity is to attend a soccer game at Estadio Azteca or Estadio Azul. Soccer is a huge phenomenon and the crowd lights up with enthusiasm at this stadium. And don’t worry these stadiums were reported by the NFL to be in good shape after the earthquake.

Touchdown in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Americans typically celebrate Thanksgiving around the TV watching football and stuffing their faces with food. But, if you happen to be relaxing in Montego Bay (#3 on our top Thanksgiving destinations) relaxing on the beach, get up and play some football! Once you get tired of scoring touchdowns, we recommend you participate in a zip line adventure. There are many tours to choose from so do some research before you go to ensure you have the best Thanksgiving yet!

Hike in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Have you ever heard of a post-Thanksgiving hike? They’re held throughout the US after Thanksgiving day to burn off all the holiday calories. While you’re traveling for the holiday in Port of Spain, you can participate in your own post-Thanksgiving hike through the rainforest to one of the region’s magnificent waterfalls. It’ll surely be much different than any you’ll find trek in the US.  

Join the Fun in Nassau, Bahamas

You’ve probably watched the NYC Thanksgiving parade a few times (or maybe even every year) on the morning of turkey day, but if you happen to be traveling to the beautiful island of Nassau in the Bahamas then you can continue the tradition of parade watching at Junkanoo! It’s different than your typical parade and is held every Boxing Day (December 26), New Year’s Day and in the summer. The parade is a celebration with unique and colorful costumes, music, and dances that takes months to prepare. Each parade has a different theme and the event is guaranteed to move attendees to the rhythm of the beats in the street!

Shop ‘Til You Drop in Vancouver, Canada

Some may say Black Friday is the greatest day to shop in the US. If you happen to be out of the country on this sale crazed day, no worries! More stores around the globe are participating in the biggest sale day of the year. Our data shows an increase of 46% in bookings for Vancouver so, if you’re off to the cold, gear up with your jacket and some gloves and get to the sales! Mostly all of the large department and popular retail chains will participate. And some things in Canada happen to be less than the US. Before you go swiping your card, keep the currency in mind.

Traveling to any other international destinations for Thanksgiving? If so, let us know where you’re headed in the comments!
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If she’s not searching for the world's coolest destinations she has yet to explore, you can find her writing content at Fareportal or maybe even drooling over a foodies latest post. Shannon’s a Brooklyn native who enjoys good company, new adventures, and a great laugh!