Bookings show that London will be popular this summer. // © 2015 iStock
AAA Travel has revealed its top domestic and international summer destinations based on bookings. Though Cancun and Punta Cana rank No. 1 and No. 2 for international travel, European cities such as London and Rome dominate the list. Meanwhile, domestic hot spots include Orlando and Miami, Fla., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Why It Matters:
Summer vacation may classically evoke imagery of sand, waves and sunshine, but many Americans have set their sights on capital cities throughout Europe when planning travel for the season. This shift away from the beach toward cityscapes is likely due in part to increasingly favorable exchange rates, including the plunging value of the euro. Domestically, the usual warm-weather destinations remain favorites as travelers continue to head to family-friendly U.S. coastlines.
- In order of ranking, the top 10 international summer destinations are Cancun, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; London, England; Rome, Italy; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Dublin, Ireland; Paris, France; Vancouver, British Columbia; Nassau, Bahamas; and Edinburgh, Scotland.
- In order of ranking, the top 10 domestic summer destinations are Orlando, Fla.; Miami, Fla; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Tampa, Fla.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Los Angeles, Calif.; South Padre Island, Tex.; San Diego, Calif.; and Branson, Mo.
- Compared to last year, the number of Americans traveling to Europe has increased 2.4 percent so far, according to the U.S. Office of Travel & Tourism Industries.
What They Are Saying:
“Now is an excellent time for travelers to plan and book their dream vacations to Europe, as favorable exchange rates make popular European destinations more affordable than in recent years,” said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president of travel and publishing for AAA. “After a harsh winter, Americans are also heading to warm weather destinations to enjoy the theme parks of Orlando and beach destinations across the U.S. and Caribbean.”