If you’re hoping to avoid crowded destinations, you may want to avoid these places, gaining popularity especially among U.S. visitors.
These five international destinations see a surge in American travelers, according to travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth. They looked at customers and found Israel is the fastest-growing destination, with a 50 percent boost in travelers since 2017.
Right behind Israel is Iceland. The land of volcanoes and mountains now sees more American tourists per year than it has citizens. There’s been a 43 percent jump in customers buying travel insurance for Iceland trips through Squaremouth.
Portugal is No. 3 with a 42 percent increase. The hip city of Lisbon and romantic town of Porto, plus a bourgeoning wine region in Duoro, are all draws for travelers.
Vietnam came in fourth place, with a growth of 39 percent, followed by Norway with a growth of 36 percent. Travelers heading to Norway spend almost twice as much as those going to the other top destinations, an increase of 12 percent over 2017.
Visitors to Iceland also spent 20 percent more than last year, while Portugal saw a 10 percent drop in the average cost of a trip.
Visiting a new city for the first time can be overwhelming. With so much to see, a walking tour can be an effective way to see a city’s landmarks and learn a thing or two. These U.S. cities offer a variety of walking tours, whether you want to see popular attractions or hidden gems.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Martinique’s artisanal rum scene has been making waves in recent years, with the tiny island nation earning a reputation for producing the best rhum agricole in the Caribbean. The next time you’re in town, be sure to swing by these stops on the Route de Rhums.
Summer is already the season of soaking in the sun, enjoying warm weather with friends and family and skipping off to far-off destinations for vacation. Just add some R&R time at the spa and you have the ultimate reset button. Combine your love of travel and relaxation with a wellness-focused retreat.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.