AAA: Italy Is the Top International Travel Destination

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One-quarter of Americans plan to take an international vacation over the next 18 months, according to a recent AAA Travel survey. AAA’s advance travel booking data suggests that many travelers will head to popular European destinations like Rome, London, Dublin and Paris, and warm-weather locales in Mexico and the Caribbean, including Cancun, Montego Bay and Punta Cana, with most travelers in search of unique experiences and ways to engage with the destination.

These are the top international travel destinations, based on AAA Travel bookings for trips over the next 18 months:

  • Rome, Italy
  • Cancun, Mexico
  • London, England
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Paris, France
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Munich, Germany
  • Barcelona, Spain

Home to AAA’s third-most popular international travel destination, the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on October 31. It is not clear whether or how tourism to the region will be affected; however, in the event no deal is struck between the governments of the U.K. and E.U., travelers may experience delays at the border when crossing between the U.K. and other destinations in Europe. Additionally, if travelers encounter any political protests or demonstrations, the U.S. Department of State cautions travelers to avoid those areas if possible, and to be careful within the vicinity of demonstrations. Travelers should continue to monitor the United Kingdom travel advisory and seek the expertise of a knowledgeable travel advisor.

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AAA’s international travel findings are the result of a telephone survey conducted among two national probability samples (landline and cell phone) consisting of 1,002 adults living in the continental United States.

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