Stats: Orlando, Cancun Top Summer Travel Destinations

This year, Americans are making up for lost time, according to Allianz Partners’ “Top 10 Summer Destinations” review. After last summer’s vacation plans were largely cancelled due to the pandemic, Americans are regaining confidence in 2021 and planning trips to Florida, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean

The travel insurance and assistance company analyzed more than 985,000 flight itineraries for trips between five and eight days in length between May 28 and September 7 and for the fifth year in a row, found that Orlando, FL and Cancun, Mexico are the most popular domestic and international destinations for summer travel.  

For the first time in the survey’s history, four of the top 10 domestic destinations are in Hawaii, including Maui (No. 2), Honolulu (No. 3), Kauai (No. 7) and the Big Island (No. 8). Newcomer Anchorage, AK’s inclusion on the Top 10 domestic list (No. 5) reinforces that America’s love of the great outdoors and wide-open spaces will continue in 2021. 

Internationally, Mexico appears three times on the Top 10 list: Cancun (No. 1) is followed by San Jose del Cabo (No. 2), while Puerto Vallarta comes in at ninth place. Additional Caribbean destinations completing the Top 10 include Aruba (No. 3), Puerto Rico (No. 4), U.S. Virgin Islands (No. 5), Jamaica (No. 6), Turks and Caicos (No. 7), Dominican Republic (No. 8) and the Bahamas (No. 10).  

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico // Photo by Jonathan Ross/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

The pandemic has also seemingly impacted Americans’ trip length preference, with many favoring longer getaways over quick jaunts. Allianz found six in 10 travelers (59 percent) are taking seven-night journeys and just over one-third (37 percent) are opting for six nights away, compared to 2019 when four-night getaways were the most popular choice (30 percent), giving rising to the “micro-cation” trend.  

Whether headed on an international beach getaway or visiting a smaller metropolitan city (Seattle, No. 4; Las Vegas, No. 6; Boston, No. 9; Miami, No. 10), it’s important to understand and follow safe travel rules and regulations. Allianz suggests taking photos of vaccination cards and test results, saving them on your phone and making physical copies. Keep copies in a few different places and laminate one; in the case of a vaccine card, don’t laminate the original, as you may need to document future booster shots on it.  

Source: Allianz Partners

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