Travel Leaders Survey: Australia Tops Americans' Bucket Lists

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Travel Leaders Group has released its nationwide survey findings in which Australia remains the most dreamed about destination for American travelers, followed by Italy, Bora Bora, Ireland and New Zealand. Survey participants also weighed in on how they believe Americans might be perceived while traveling abroad - 68 percent of respondents have some level of concern. Additionally, the newly released data highlights Hawaii, California and Alaska as the most desirable U.S. destinations for vacation travelers. 

The survey was conducted April 3 to April 30, 2017, and includes responses from 2,854 consumers throughout the United States. Travel Leaders Group’s 2017 Consumer Travel Survey asked Americans to name their “ultimate dream destination” and the list includes:

1. Australia
2. Italy
3. Bora Bora
4. Ireland
5. New Zealand
6. Cruise – World
7. Fiji
8. Cruise – Europe (Mediterranean)
9. Greek Islands
10. Tahiti
11. Cruise – Europe (River)
12. (tie) Antarctica
12. (tie) Cruise – South Pacific and Tahiti
14. Cruise – Australia/New Zealand
15. France

Consumers were also asked, "do you have any concerns about traveling internationally, because of how Americans might be perceived" and the responses included:

  • Yes - Slight concern: 38.9 percent
  • No - No concern: 32.0 percent
  • Yes - Some concern: 21.9 percent
  • Yes - Great concern: 7.2 percent 

When asked, "If you could take a trip anywhere in the U.S., where would you choose to go?" the list of top favorites included:

1. Hawaii
2. California
3. Alaska
4. Florida
5. New York
6. Arizona
7. Colorado
8. (tie) Maine
8. (tie) Montana
10 (tie) Washington
10. (tie) Washington D.C. 


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