Based on TripAdvisor's winter travel survey of more than 2,600 respondents, 33 percent plan to travel for the December holiday season.
Of the one-third of respondents traveling, 42 percent plan to travel to celebrate the New Year.
A study into searches on TripAdvisor.com for the New Year period between December 27, 2014 and January 4, 2015 revealed the 10 most popular destinations for U.S. travelers researching a New Year's Eve trip.
Travelers are looking south with half of the most searched spots in the Caribbean and Mexico, with Mexico featuring 3 of the top 10—Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cabo San Lucas.
With its iconic Times Square ball-drop ceremony, New York City was revealed as the most popular destination for U.S. travelers this New Year.
However, any travelers planning a trip to the Big Apple should be prepared for a seasonal bump in prices, with the average hotel stay coming in at $346 per night – 18 percent more expensive than the average rate throughout the rest of 2014. Nationally, the average nightly hotel rate for New Year's Eve is $314, up 25 percent from the average nightly rate of $252 during the year.
Top 10 most popular destinations to spend New Year's Eve for U.S. travelers*
New York City, New York
Las Vegas, Nevada
Punta Cana, Dominican Rep.
Key West, Florida
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Miami Beach, Florida
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
*Based on traveler searches on TripAdvisor for the NYE period of December 27, 2014 –January 4, 2015
**Based on the average nightly rate for three and four star hotels in each destination during the NYE period of December 27, 2014 – January 4, 2015