TIME Money Magazine just announced its first Best in Travel Awards for 2016, using data-driven methodology (from more than 40 sources—including TripAdvisor, Numbeo, Hotels.com, J.D. Power, and Onboard Informatics) to determine the best international destinations for travelers to visit this year.
They started with a pool of the 100 most popular travel destinations in the U.S. and the 100 most popular destinations abroad. Popularity was determined based on overlapping measures, including hotel nights booked; plane tickets bought; online searches; and quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants, and attractions in destinations worldwide.
Let’s see which are these three destinations that are particularly appealing to Americans.
1. Prague, Czech Republic — According to Money, the cost of a day in Prague has fallen about 10% in the last year. That, combined with a 7% increase in the value of the US dollar against the koruna, makes it one of the best-value trips for exploring museums, castles, cathedrals, and cobble-stoned alleys lined with cafes.
2. Marrakesh, Morocco — Marrakesh has seen a whopping 30% decrease in the overall cost of its hotels, dining, and tourist activities. Thanks to a 14% decrease in hotel prices, you can stay in luxury accommodations with great rates. Finally, with the dirham decreasing 7% in comparison to the US dollar, you can hit the Medina quarter and enjoy guilt-free shopping.
3. Taipei, Taiwan — In the last year, Taiwan has seen a 10.5% decrease in its hotel prices and a 5% decrease in the value of its dollar, according to Money. In addition to having some of the world’s cleanest air and safest streets, Taiwan is also home to thousands of restaurants and cultural attractions to explore.