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If you’ve looked at transatlantic airfare recently, you’ve likely experienced some sticker shock. Flights are filling up and price tags are at an all-time high. Travel Weekly reports that a recent study conducted by travel insurance provider, Allianz Partners, found that travel to Europe will grow by as much as 55% this summer.
Travelers are flocking to familiar favorites and London is drawing the most vacationers with over 25% of those surveyed heading there. Paris, Dublin, Rome, Reykjavik, Edinburgh, Athens, Amsterdam, Lisbon, and Milan make up the rest of the top ten (in that order). This survey has been conducted since 2015 and for the first time, Barcelona has not made the list. Last year, Allianz reported a 600% increase in Americans vacationing in Europe. To see that grow even more is pretty amazing.
For those staying closer to home, the top US destinations include: Orlando, Seattle, Honolulu, Boston, Maui, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, and Portland (OR).
Anthony’s Take: We went to Europe six times in 2022. So far we haven’t been in 2023, but we have a trip planned to Sicily and Sardinia in June. We’ll see how many more times we make it across the pond this year, but we’re staying out of major cities if we do, to avoid crowds and explore parts we haven’t seen yet.
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