The popular destinations where Brits are booking Airbnbs this winter

Airbnb’s 10 popular winter destinationsRovaniemi, Finland. Airbnb

Whether you like a cozy stay or escaping to an icy destination, now is a great time to plan a winter vacation – and Airbnb is providing inspiration for where to go this season by sharing its top winter travel destinations 2023.

Australia’s sunny city of Sydney has topped the list, with Brits hoping to make the trip down under for their first Christmas since coronavirus restrictions were fully lifted.

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Malaga in Spain came in second, with British travelers hedging their bets on the Spanish weather in the coming winter months.

Apart from the winter sun, Lapland’s magical capital Rovaniemi, known as the hometown of Santa Claus, came third on the list. It is one of three Scandinavian destinations that make the top ten list for travelers looking a little closer to home.

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In stark contrast, remote and sun-drenched destinations like Bangkok and Cape Town are also attracting interest this winter.

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Sydney, AustraliaManfred Gottschalk – Getty Images

Airbnb’s list is based on the places Britons have booked during the third quarter of the year for a stay this winter.

With a wide range of destinations, from Europe to Asia, the list shows that Brits aren’t shy about traveling to far-flung places, while proving that cold winter destinations in northern Europe hold just as much appeal.

The rental website also gave an insight into the types of trips in demand this winter, with beach, stunning pools, national park, iconic city and surfing proving popular.

The most popular international destinations from Brits this winter:

  • Sydney, Australia

  • Málaga, Spain

  • Rovaniemi, Finland

  • Bangkok, Thailand

  • Cape Town, South Africa

  • Brussels, Belgium

  • Oslo, Norway

  • Alicante, Spain

  • Stockholm, Sweden

  • Cancun, Mexico

Airbnbs to book in every popular destination:

1. Sydney, Australia

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This modern apartment for two is stylish, chic and comes with a rooftop pool with views of Sydney Harbor and the Opera House.

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2. Málaga, Spain

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A sunny apartment for two, this Airbnb is spacious and housed in an old Andalusian townhouse. The large roof terrace is ideal for relaxing with a drink after a day of sightseeing.

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3. Rovaniemi, Finland

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A traditional Finnish cottage on Lake Norvajärvi and 15 km from the center of Rovaniemi, this winter Airbnb is a peaceful retreat to see the northern lights and is just as picturesque to return to in the summer.

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4. Bangkok, Thailand

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An apartment for two, this modern Airbnb has access to a rooftop pool, gym, sauna and fully equipped kitchen, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds of eating out and inside.

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5. Cape Town, South Africa

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Located on the 12th floor, this comfortable studio apartment has beautiful mountain views, with the CBD and Bo-Kaap only a few blocks away.

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6. Brussels, Belgium

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A light-filled apartment with city views, this Airbnb is cute, modern and perfectly located to explore Brussels.

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7. Oslo, Norway

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With two bedrooms, this apartment in the attractive Tøyen area is a good base for exploring Oslo. From the living room there is access to a sunny balcony.

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8. Alicante, Spain

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With its beautiful sea view, this Airbnb for four people is a great place to relax by the beach. It has wall-length folding windows and luxuries like a recliner and a double marble sink in the bathroom.

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9. Stockholm, Sweden

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This cozy 2-room apartment is located in the middle of Södermalm and faces a peaceful courtyard where you can enjoy moments of quiet reflection.

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10. Cancun, Mexico

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With room for six guests, this Airbnb offers sea views, modern interiors and a hammock on the terrace. There is also plenty of space to socialize over dinner.

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