Americans are now able to visit the European Union, vaccinated or not. The European Council has updated its list of countries whose citizens and residents should be allowed to travel freely to the bloc’s 27 member nations, and the United States is finally on it.
Following the announcement this June that Europe will open to U.S. travelers, pent-up folks are making plans. Especially when vaccinated, with money saved from the lack of travel opportunities in 2020, Americans are traveling again.
And most of us know people who are either in the process of going to Europe — or have already gone. Whether it’s strolling through museums in Paris, exploring ancient ruins in Rome, or walking along canals in Amsterdam, Americans are ready to experience the rich culture Europe has to offer, unavailable for so long.
Many want to stay awhile in maximally private lodgings. And where do they want to go most? A Summer 2021 European Travel Forecast, highlighting the most desired travel destinations throughout the continent based on extensive search data, has just been released by HomeToGo, a marketplace offering the world’s largest selection of vacation rentals.
“Europe opening its borders to U.S. travelers, along with the EU officially launching its digital vaccine passport on July 1, marks a significant milestone in the travel industry’s evolution following the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Caroline Burns, travel expert at HomeToGo.
“While all should be mindful that restrictions continue to change, we already see Americans very eager to travel overseas as reflected in a significant boost in vacation rental searches in Europe following this news.”
“Notably, 92% of individuals surveyed in the company’s recent Return of Travel study stated that they intend on traveling the same or more internationally after receiving the vaccine, compared to pre-pandemic.”
Top 10 Most Popular Cities in Europe for Summer 2021 Travel
The following cities saw an instant monthly boost in search interest:
City, Country, Search Increase (May 2021 vs. June 2021), Median Accommodations, Price Per Night
- Istanbul, Turkey (+232.28%, $65)
- Dublin, Ireland (+219.08%, $158)
- Athens, Greece (+178.53%, $104)
- Antalya, Turkey (+134.43%, $103)
- Amsterdam, Netherlands (+114.06%, $172)
- Rome, Italy (+99.22%, $130)
- Galway, Ireland (+84.34%, $196)
- Barcelona, Spain (+83.01%, $215)
- Bodrum, Turkey (+73.33%, $150)
- Paris, France (+8.34%, $180)
Additional key findings from the Summer 2021 European Travel Forecast include:
Top Trending Countries in Europe – From the serene countryside of Ireland to the Mediterranean seascapes of Cyprus, the countries that have seen the biggest search increase for summer travel on HomeToGo.com compared to pre-pandemic in 2019 include Ireland (+748%), Sweden (+582%), Turkey (+425%), Finland (+360%) and Cyprus (+295%).
Top Trending European Island Destinations – Travelers are eager to live on island time, as many European beachfront island getaways have seen a boost in search volume for vacation rentals as international travel opens. This includes Mykonos, Greece (+415%); Sardinia, Italy (+303%); Tenerife, Spain (+227%); Gozo, Malta (+152%) and Majorca, Spain (+102%).
If you’re planning a trip to Europe, do stay aware of any travel restrictions or warnings that might affect your ability to travel.
Originally Appeared On: https://www.forbes.com/sites/lealane/2021/07/08/european-travel-forecast-shows-desired-destinations-for-us-travelers-this-summer/