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Study Reveals Floridians Dream Christmas Destination

Traveling for Christmas is normal for most people. Whether they're traveling to see family or to get away from normalcy and explore somewhere new. It's no secret a lot of people travel to Florida for the holidays to take advantage of our warmer weather and visit all the theme parks. A recent study revealed Floridians' dream Christmas destination while their home state is being overrun with visitors. The study conducted by cloudwards.net showed a few key takeaways. Most people in sunny states like California, Florida, and Nevada dream of a white, snowy Christmas. While other states prefer to see festive Christmas festivals and markets in places like Chicago, New York, and Branson, Missouri. Despite all of the Florida holiday traffic nightmares, no state listed a Florida city as its dream Christmas location in this study. You can see where each state dreams of traveling for Christmas here. In a perfect world, most people would love to travel internationally for their dream Christmas destination. The most popular international destinations include Paris, Quebec City, and Barcelona. How did they find this info? Cloudwards.net explains their research process. Their research team began their search on social media platforms like TikTok and explored various online sources. Then they analyzed Google search volume data with specific keywords like “Christmas in X (location)”. They would also search for things to do for Christmas in each city. Their study was conducted globally, so they also included data in English and the country's native language. Learn more about their methods here. Where is Floridians dream Christmas destination? This study looked at where Floridians would love to travel globally and domestically. It revealed that despite bragging about warm weather year-round, most Floridians would love to see a European-style Christmas. The top Christmas travel destination is Vienna. It's easy to understand why. A lot of Christmas traditions originated in Europe and many countries transform with Christmas markets. Many dream of seeing snow-covered historical buildings, glittering lights, and quaint coffee shops with winter-themed drinks and mulled wine. [caption id="attachment_456713" align="alignnone" width="1024"] VIENNA, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 05: The christmas market at the town hall of Vienna is seen during sunset on December 5, 2016 in Vienna, Austria. The town of Vienna is the federal capital of Austria as well as one of the nine federal states, the city has a population of 2.6 million citizens. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)[/caption] Now we realize that traveling internationally is not a possibility for a lot of people. Instead, they dream of a similar German-like town that is actually not that far from the Sunshine State. According to this study, the domestic dream Christmas destination for Floridians is Helen, Georgia. This town has one of the best Bavarian-style Christmas markets in the U.S.. Nature lovers will also love this area with multiple hikes and waterfalls nearby. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdBfX2Sxrm8 As a born and raised Floridian, I totally understand the desire to travel and see and enjoy some true winter activities. Even though I'll take the warm weather to shoveling snow every day, it's nice to getaway from the heat for a little bit. Where is your dream Christmas destination? Let us know on social media!

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