1. Madrid, Spain -- $580 (31%)
2. Antigua Island, Antigua and Barbuda -- $649 (31%)
3. Tokyo, Japan -- $571 (30%)
4. London, United Kingdom -- $594 (29%)
5. Hong Kong, China -- $533 (29%)
6. Seoul, South Korea -- $589 (29%)
7. Bangkok, Thailand --$588 (28%)
8. Barcelona, Spain -- $566 (27%)
9. Taipei, Taiwan -- $583 (27%)
10. Zurich, Switzerland -- $678 (27%)
On the international side, you’ll find savings for flights to Madrid and Barcelona, but be warned -- big metropolitan regions in Italy, France, and Spain bottom out in August because that’s when locals take their own vacations. This leaves the big cities empty of Europeans (and open restaurants) yet also wildly overrun with tourists -- defying all laws of time and space to resemble ghost towns and Times Square simultaneously.
The move here, I think, is to ride that sweet 27% discount into Barcelona, rent a car, and drive down the coast to Bunol. You might not recognize the name, but you’ve heard of Bunol whether you realize it or not. Come August 29, it’ll transform once again into the site of La Tomatina, the famous Spanish tomato-throwing festival that is in a very literal sense the largest food fight in the world. There’s a limited supply of tickets -- a modest 20,000 -- so get in on it early if you can.
Tokyo, thankfully, is already one of the best places to travel in August. Airfares there are expected to fall 30%. Sometimes things just line up for you.
Remember that these predictions aren’t 100% guaranteed, but they predict this stuff with 95% accuracy, so if you trust condoms you should trust Hopper. The easiest way to snag these cheap airfares is to download the Hopper app, plug in your desired travel dates and destinations, and wait for them to alert you when prices start plummeting. Or you can do your cheap flight sleuthing yourself -- up to you.