Recent Trip Bookings Reveal Americans Prepare to Travel Internationally in Early 2021

Recent Trip Bookings Reveal Americans Prepare to Travel Internationally in Early 2021

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. September 3, 2020 — International travel stalled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, data from travel insurance aggregator, Squaremouth, shows that 65% of 2021 trips booked this year, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, are to international destinations. 

Travelers Planning International Adventures In 2021

A pent up desire to travel abroad has led the majority of Americans to plan international trips for the beginning of 2021. 

  • International destinations account for 86% of all planned trips in January and February 2021.

Travel Restrictions Play a Role in International Destination Selection 

Most international trips are booked to destinations that are already accessible to Americans. 

  • Mexico is the most popular international destination in the new year, replacing the US as the top destination for the first time since COVID-19 began.
  • Caribbean countries make up the remaining top 5 international destinations – The Bahamas, US Virgin Islands, Aruba, and Jamaica. 

Methodology: Data is based on all travel insurance policies purchased through between March 12 – August 15, 2020, for travel in 2021. 


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Notes to editors

Available Topic Expert: Steven Benna, inhouse data specialist is available for comment and interview. (727) 619-7262

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