Americans are forgoing the traditional summer road trip and instead packing their bags and passports for a European holiday this year. According to Allianz Partners’ “Top 10 Summer European Destinations” review, travel to Europe will be up 600 percent over last year as countries reopen for visitation from the U.S.
The travel insurance and assistance company analyzed more than 40,000 flight itineraries for trips of five to eight days in length between Memorial Day and Labor Day to determine that London retains the lion’s share of all planned trips with 22 percent of all bookings. Paris (No. 2) and Dublin (No. 3) also remain atop Europe’s most sought-after vacation spots for 2022 summer travel.
Other top destinations include Reykjavik, holding steady at No. 4, while Lisbon jumped into the No. 7 position, returning to the list for the first time since 2019. Rome and Edinburgh moved up to No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, after Athens fell three spots from 2021 to No. 8 this year. Barcelona (No. 9) and Amsterdam (No. 10) round out the roster, each slipping one position from last year’s rankings.
The survey also reviewed planned travel dates and trip length for those headed across the Atlantic this summer season. While countries remained on lockdown, Americans accrued a sizable stash of vacation days, and the survey indicates that of those headed abroad, 75 percent will spend seven days on vacation this summer and 11 percent are planning for eight days away from home. The travel insurance and assistance company’s review also found that Friday, May 27 is projected to be the most popular travel day, kicking off the Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start to summer.
Source: Allianz Partners