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2017 to herald golden age of international travel: Cheapflights

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Banff National Park, Canada © Provided by AFPRelaxNews Banff National Park, Canada Greater access to international travel, movie-inspired destinations and the end of generic travel are among the trends predicted to take shape in the coming year, according to experts at Cheapflights. 

The online publisher of travel deals has released its predictions on the trends that will change how and where Americans will be traveling in 2017.

For starters, Cheapflights experts predict that 2017 will bring in a "golden age" of international travel, thanks to the proliferation of ultra low-cost airlines and increased consumer buying power with currency fluctuations. 

Though the fallout from Brexit and the rise of nationalistic sentiment could create potential "headwinds" for overseas travel, the report points out that others may use travel as the antidote to the politics of the day. 

Consumers will begin to embrace unbundled airfare and add-on travel fees such as checked baggage and pay-as-you-go services as a way to take control of their budget, says the report. 

And good news for those eyeing airborne travel next year: base airfares are expected to continue dropping in 2017, having already dipped to a five-year low in 2016. 

Travelers are seeking out more authentic, meaningful travel experiences as opposed to the idea of simply getting away.

Homestays and short-term rentals that allow visitors to live like a local, along with local tours and services such as EatWith that invite tourists to dine with locals in their homes, are also narrowing the gap between tourists and locals.

Here are a few destinations that are predicted to experience a rise in interest in 2017, thanks to milestone anniversaries and a little boost from the movie industry:

Cork, Ireland 

Last month, West Cork's Clonakilty took the title of best town in Britain and Ireland in the 2017 Urbanism Awards hosted by The Academy of Urbanism. Recognizing its potential as a destination for lovers of old churches, castles, architecture, pubs, and covered markets, low-cost airlines have also been adding routes linking the East Coast to County Cork in the south. 


Beginning New Year's Eve, Finland will kick off a year-long celebration feting its 100th anniversary right up until its Independence Day on December 6, 2017. The festivities will include the building of a SnowCastle and SnowHotel, and will shine the spotlight on a travel destination that has long been eclipsed by neighbors like Iceland, Norway and Sweden. With saunas, snow, the Northern Lights, beaches and stunning scenery, expect Finland to make more travel headlines in 2017.


Just as Disney's "Frozen" brought Norway the kind of publicity money can't buy, the studio's latest blockbuster "Moana" is poised to boost interest in the tropical paradise of  Polynesia. 


To fete the country's 150th anniversary in 2017, Canada will be pulling out all the stops, with bigger and louder fireworks, festivals and celebrations throughout the year. One of the biggest perks for visitors: free admission all year long into the country's national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites. 

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