MONEY’s first Best in Travel Awards shift the focus to a more universal—and useful—metric: value. We selected all of our winners—from the domestic and international destinations to the best airlines, hotels, cruises, and travel cards—because they land in a travel sweet spot: great choices at great prices.
The result is a list that’s both timely and handy, packed with the kind of intel that makes saving money as easy as a walk on the beach. Call it your ultimate vacation value guide.
—By Susie Poppick, Stirling Kelso, and Kara Brandeisky with Shalene Gupta, Sara Morrow, Taylor Tepper, and Alexandra Mondalek
To locate where quality, cost, and value intersect, we relied not on our reporters’ favorite haunts, but on something far less subjective: data. With input from more than 40 sources—including TripAdvisor, Numbeo, Hotels.com, J.D. Power, and Onboard Informatics—we considered financial factors such as overall costs and price trends, as well as experiential ones, such as cultural attractions and tourist amenities.
Read more about our methodology.