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09/22/2014 08:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

5 Fall Destinations That Are Majorly 'On The Rise'

Fall marks the start of the low season for tourists in many hot-ticket destinations. And as a traveler, the pressure is on to pick a getaway that's exotic and stimulating but also relaxing.

After all, THIS is your one big chance to unwind before the whirlwind known as going home for the holidays.

Experts at American Express Travel analyzed data from their traveler base to peg international places that have seen significant popularity jumps between last fall and this fall. They're so unique, yet so perfect for this time of year, that we couldn't resist sharing... and adding them to our autumn bucket list.

Milan, Italy
Popularity increase: 71 percent
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Athens, Greece
Popularity increase: 31 percent
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Madrid, Spain
Popularity increase: 26 percent
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St. Maarten, Caribbean
Popularity increase: 17.5 percent
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San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Popularity increase: 15.9 percent
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