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

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

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. July 13, 2021 — 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,, 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 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

Turks and CaicosCanadaCanada
Costa RicaUnited KingdomMexico
GreeceUS Virgin IslandsUnited Kingdom

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