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Today is the saddest day of the year. The third Monday of January has been named as “Blue Monday” when people are in the worst mood ever, all day. If we were being positive, we could tell you that this day will pass and you’ll feel better soon but we will do something different than that, we will give you remedy – through travel of course.

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You know the post-Christmas blues? You know the cold dark nights and  the unpaid credit card bills? Apparently, university professor Cliff Arnall managed to calculate the most depressing day of the year and he came up with today. The third Monday of January, this year the 21st January: The saddest day of the year.

Warm thoughts for most miserable day of the year 

This Blue Monday will be different! We’re going to help you out with some warm thoughts thanks to warm holiday destinations.

According to our data*, the Tuesday directly following Blue Monday has the highest amount of travel bookings year-round.

We found that French travellers book the most on that day, German and Spanish holiday-seekers come in second and third place respectively.

Now, where do these blue bookers fly to?

Which destinations are the most popular?

Our data shows* that short haul breaks are the most common and make the most sense for blue bookers as they take less planning than long haul destinations.

Here is our top 10 destinations to lift your spirits:

Top 10 Bangkok

Since the popular movie ‘Hangover’ we know what Bangkok is about. The capital of Thailand has a vibrant nightlife, magnificent temples, delicious street food and so much more to offer.

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Top 9 Amsterdam

Much more than bicycles, cheese and tulips. Amsterdam has a lot to offer with its beautiful canals and charming buildings.

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Top 8 Berlin

The German city best described simply as ‘cool’. This metropolis attracts every type of traveler.

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Top 7 Rome

If the Colosseum is not reason enough, how about the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and … Paaasta. You just have to see this beautiful Italian city!

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Top 6 Paris

So many sights to see!  Head to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, sit down in one of their stylish cafes and check out the iconic Louvre museum…all on foot!

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Top 5 Lisbon

The food, the wine, the beautiful architecture, what’s not to like!

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Top 4 Barcelona

Park Güell is probably one of the most famous places in Barcelona. Antoni Gaudi has left his mark everywhere in the city.

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Top 3 London

London is always a good idea: shop, check out some live music and take a nice hop on hop off tour through the bustling city!

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Top 2 Istanbul

The only city in the world that is located on two continents, how cool!

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Top 1 Palma de Mallorca

The undisputed number 1 of our Blue Bookings is Palma de Mallorca. A dream.

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*Methodology: Bookings made during the years 2016, 2017 and 2018 on all eDreams ODIGEO websites.

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