European Summer Trips Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels for First Time

European Summer Trips Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels for First Time

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Travel to Europe More Popular Than Ever This Summer

ST. PETERSBURG Fla., May 19, 2022 — More US tourists are heading to Europe this summer than any other destination. According to travel insurance aggregator Squaremouth.com, travel to European countries is approaching, and in some cases, surpassing levels that haven’t been seen since 2019.

Squaremouth analyzed travel data to reveal the current trends that are shaping summer travel this year.

European Summer Travel Returning to Normal

Prior to the pandemic, Europe comprised roughly 50% of all summer trips insured through Squaremouth. This figure eventually fell to around 11% mid-pandemic, during the summer of ‘21. 

This year, travel to Europe peaks in September at 51%, and then again next summer at 52% of all trips booked.

European Countries Regain Popularity

Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Greece, Germany and Ireland have historically been the most popular European countries during the summer months. According to data from Squaremouth.com, more travelers are insuring trips to Italy and Greece than pre-pandemic years, while the UK and Germany appear slightly less popular than they were in 2019.

European Trips Cost Most Than Pre-Pandemic

The average cost of a summer trip to Europe this year is $7,819, according to Squaremouth.com. This is over $1,000 more than it was prior to the pandemic, with the cost averaging $6,709 in 2019.

International Travel on the Rise This Summer

At the height of the pandemic, more travelers stayed within the US than ever before. Squaremouth reported a near 50/50 split between travelers going abroad and staying stateside.

With the return of European travel this summer, international travel overall is almost back to normal, accounting for 79% of all trips insured on Squaremouth.com. In comparison, 84% of summer trips in 2019 were to international destinations.

Methodology: Squaremouth.com hosts the largest number of travel insurance providers and policies that offer coverage related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Squaremouth Analytics compared thousands of travel insurance policies purchased amid the Covid-19 pandemic to identify summer travel trends and shifts in traveler behavior this summer compared to pre-Covid years.


Available Topic Expert: Megan Moncrief, Chief Marketing Officer, is available for comment and interview. mmoncrief@squaremouth.com (727) 378-0938

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About Squaremouth: Squaremouth.com has insured over 2 million travelers. Using Squaremouth’s intuitive quoting and comparison engine, award-winning support team, and verified customer reviews, travelers can save time and money to find the best travel insurance policy for their trip.


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Available Topic Expert: Megan Moncrief, Chief Marketing Officer, is available for comment and interview. mmoncrief@squaremouth.com (727) 378-0938

About Squaremouth: Squaremouth.com has insured over 2 million travelers. Using Squaremouth’s intuitive quoting and comparison engine, award-winning support team, and verified customer reviews, travelers can save time and money to find the best travel insurance policy for their trip.