July 14, 2021

Europe Returns to No. 1 Destination for US Travelers for First Time Since Covid-19

For the first time since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, more US travelers are heading to Europe than any other destination.

According to travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth.com, May marked the first month Europe regained its spot as the top destination for US tourists, with 22% of bookings. By June, this rose to nearly 30%, the highest percentage of sales in 13 months.

Historically, US travel to Europe far outweighed any other destination. As much as 46% of sales on Squaremouth.com have been for European travel. At the height of the pandemic, this dropped to less than 6%.

Ongoing border closures and quarantine requirements sent travelers to countries easier to visit, or kept them stateside. Former popular destinations, like Spain, France, Italy and the UK, fell to Caribbean countries, including Costa Rica, Mexico, Turks and Caicos, and the Virgin Islands.

While travelers are booking trips to Europe now, most don't plan to travel until 2022. Squaremouth reports as many as 54% of travelers are heading to Europe next summer, the highest percentage they've ever recorded.

Squaremouth's Top 10 International Destinations

2021 2020 2019
Mexico Mexico Italy
Turks and Caicos Canada Canada
Costa Rica United Kingdom Mexico
Israel Bahamas France
Greece US Virgin Islands United Kingdom
Italy Australia Spain
France Jamaica Germany
Iceland Germany Israel
Spain Aruba Japan
Germany Israel Ireland

*listed by popularity per year

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