Travelling at its very core entails adventure, immersion in unfamiliar cultures and igniting the spirit of discovery, all while having a good time and unbounded by the stresses of work.
With that, Mastercard released 2018 Global Destination Cities Index: Play, which offers a look at destinations around the world with the highest concentration of visitors travelling there simply for leisure.
The cities were ranked according to the percentage of overnight visitor travel in 2017 for purposes beyond business such as vacation or family visits.
From eco-tourists and history enthusiasts to beach-goers and adventure seekers, this year’s list includes several lesser-known locations among all-time favourites that appeal to all kinds of vacationers.
Here are the top 10 most popular holiday destinations that are “all play and no work”.
10. Phuket, Thailand – 93%
9. Orlando, United States – 94.1%
8. Panama City, Panama – 96.3%
7. Bali, Indonesia – 96.7%
6. Cancun, Mexico – 96.8%
5. Palma de Mallorca, Spain – 97.2%
4. Riviera Maya, Mexico – 97.5%
3. Djerba, Tunisia – 97.7%
2. Cusco, Peru – 98%
1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – 99.9%