TravelAmericans Are On The Move, Traveling Internationally This Summer
Do These 12 Things Before Traveling Internationally
So you’ve finally booked that overseas vacation that’s been marked on your calendar for months now. Congratulations! Before you embark on your hard-earned trip, you’ll have to jump a few necessary hurdles so your vacation can go off without a hitch. What kind of hitches, exactly? Well, the kind that includes a block on your credit card or struggling to make a phone call without being charged a month’s rent for it. Here’s a list of everything you need to accomplish before your flight finally takes off.
Americans are getting their passports - and using them.
In the last three years, there have been a dramatic increase in Americans applying for passports. In, over 21 million passports were issued to Americans - and the number is expected to rise this year. According to two studies - our fellow countrymen, long mocked for only traveling domestic, are using their documents and expanding their horizons internationally.
Luxury travelers - those who spend over $3,000 a trip - are setting their sights for summer travel on emerging destinations all over the world, according to a new study from global luxury travel network.
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The study was based on $49.5 billion in bookings and show European countries continue to be most popular, while the fastest-growing locales point to a desire for culturally immersive experiences. The scenery and diversity of national parks appeal to families and adventurers alike when the temperatures warm up. History, culture, cuisine and abundant luxury offerings make Europe a preferred option for upscale travelers. Notably, Spain moves up three places from last summer, as it offers better value compared to other spots in Western Europe.
The Virtuoso Top 10:
The most popular destinations for the summer of 2019 according to bookings.
- United States
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
Meanwhile, the study notes, “following a trend first spotted in spring 2019, Chile continues its upswing in popularity by offering a variety of terrain from the Atacama Desert to the Lake District to the Andes Mountains to wine valleys. India and the Philippines are among the more exotic destinations luring visitors with their ability to deliver on the authenticity so desired by luxe travelers. Kenya offers outstanding safari opportunities as well as the wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and beaches. Travelers looking for sun and sand are escaping to Caribbean destinations such as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Pop culture tourism is fueling interest in Singapore, the setting for the hit film ‘Crazy Rich Asians.’”
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The countdown is on to summer, and if you are still on the hunt for a perfect family getaway, TPG has some great suggestions — and no, you don’t need a trust fund to explore this summer.
The countries experienceing the largest year-over-year percentage increases in summer bookings are:
- Chile (+410%)
- India (+173%)
- Puerto Rico (+149%)
- Philippines (+129%)
- Belgium (+111%)
- Kenya (+89%)
- Egypt (+76%)
- Singapore (+73%)
- Costa Rica (+67%)
- Dominican Republic (+58%)
On the economic end of the scale, an Airbnb survey also suggests Americans want to experience life on foreign shores:
The top trending destinations Airbnb guests are heading to this summer - based on percentage growth in bookings during the same time last year*:- are
So, fellow Americans - go forth and travel!
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