These are the top travel destinations young Canadians want to visit this summer

Jun 11 2018, 4:59 pm

Now that summer is finally within reach, there’s no better time to pack your bags and book a trip — preferably to somewhere abroad.

But with so many incredible countries to choose from, deciding on a final destination can quickly become a challenge in itself.

Thankfully, travel expert Contiki, has released the top 10 travel destinations young Canadians have on their bucket lists for 2018, right in time for summer travel.

The study is part of a wider research project entitled The Power of Travel, which looks into all the ways in which travel makes young people the best versions of themselves.

The research surveyed young Canadians from coast to coast on where they are looking forward to visiting this summer with the UK, Germany, and Japan topping many wander-lists.

So where exactly do Canadian want to jet off to this summer?

United Kingdom


The UK placed at the top of Contiki’s list thanks to its history, heritage, and beautiful countryside. “From the party towns of Manchester and Liverpool to the never-ending rolling hills of the Lake District, an abundance of Irish pubs, and the bagpipes in Scotland, this is a destination with so much to offer,” reads the Contiki report. 



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Home to Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg, Germany is perfect city go-to with museums, food (wurst all day, every day) and plenty of art and landmarks to take in.




You’ll find traditional culture, art, dynamic cities, and Japanese cuisine in this adventure-packed destination. And according to Contiki, now is the perfect time to visit before Tokyo welcomes the rest of the world for the 2020 Summer Olympics.


Toronto to Rome

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Known for its irresistible food, amazing architecture, incredible art and stunning scenery, it comes as no surprise that Italy made it onto Contiki’s list. “With the art-filled cities of Rome, Venice, and Florence, the wine region of Tuscany and the stylish sophistication of Cinque Terre, Milan, and Lake Como, Italy really does have an abundance to offer,” says Contiki.


Vancouver to Paris

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Fifth on the list is France, which is known for its beautiful architecture and some of the best food and wine in the world. “The cuisine, unique culture, sights, and stunning beaches of France make it one of the most iconic destinations for young Canadians to travel to,” says Contiki.


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Mexico is the sixth most popular travel destination for Canadians thanks to its party culture, rich history, incredible food, palm tree lined beaches and world heritage sites. 




According to Contiki, Australia offers everything from outback experiences, to slow pace cities and of course, the Great Barrier Reef, which is why this continent attracts young Canadians in droves. 


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Coming in at number eight is one of the world’s most populated countries, China. “Its climate, cuisine, terrain, endless adventurers, and buzzing cities make China one of the most diverse countries around, and Canadians want to experience it all,” says Contiki.

Caribbean Islands

Caribbean Islands, Gail Johnson/Shutterstock

For those thinking about booking a tropical getaway, the Caribbean is home to 700 picturesque islands, reefs, sandy beaches, and unlimited sunshine. According to Contiki, “young Canadians indicated the desire for more immersive experiences in the Caribbean that venture out of the resort walls. They want to see the real deal, and not be stuck in line at a buffet.”



The final summer travel destination to make it onto the list is Bolivia, which is a great spot for adventure seekers. “4-Wheel-Drive over the iconic salt flats, Salar De Uyuni, to get your creative pics, before visiting the 100% haunted Great Train Graveyard, an adventure of a different kind,” reads the Contiki report. 


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