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August 17, 2016

Croatia, home to stunning beaches and picturesque mountains, is the world’s most searched travel destination.

That's according to a new study by teflSearch, a website that assists people looking for jobs teaching English overseas.

Croatia only beat out the other spots on the list by a slight margin, drawing in 2.71 percent of the total searches.

Each of the top five countries—which also included Greece (with 2.54 percent of searches), Turkey (with 2.47 percent of searches), Thailand (with 2.47 percent of searches), and Spain (with 1.99 percent of searches)—are known for offering affordable prices and prime beaches.

Hat Farang beach on Koh Mook.

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To find these results, teflSearch picked out specific search terms, like “holidays in France” and translated them to the local language of each country, measuring how often these terms were searched on Google, Naver, and Baidu.

Destinations that also fell within the top 10 worldwide searches included Italy (with 1.90 percent of searches), Cuba (with 1.85 percent of searches), Portugal (with 1.66 percent of searches), Malta (with 1.65 percent of searches), and the United States (with 1.65 percent of total searches).

The results were also broken down based on travelers’ home countries. Below is the breakdown by country:

Most searched destinations from the United States:

  • United Kingdom (4.2 percent)
  • Mexico (4.1 percent)
  • Cuba (3.9 percent)
  • Costa Rica (3.8 percent)
  • India (3.2 percent)

Most searched destinations from the United Kingdom:

  • United Kingdom (5.6 percent)
  • Thailand (4.4 percent)
  • Turkey (4.1 percent)
  • Australia (4.0 percent)
  • Mexico (3.8 percent)

Most searched destinations from Australia:

  • Fiji (20.7%)
  • New Zealand (13.9 percent)
  • Thailand (8.0 percent)
  • Vietnam (5.5 percent)
  • Vanuatu (3.7 percent)

Most searched destinations from China:

  • Taiwan (10.9 percent)
  • Thailand (10.4 percent)
  • Japan (6.3 percent)
  • Philippines (4.7 percent)
  • Russia (4.4 percent)

Most searched destinations from Croatia:

  • Maldives (8.8 percent)
  • Thailand (8.6 percent)
  • Malta (7.8 percent)
  • Cuba (7.4 percent)
  • Greece (4.7 percent)

The website also offers an interactive map with detailed data from a multitude of destinations.

Talia Avakian is a digital reporter at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @TaliaAvak.

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