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After the pandemic, travel became a necessity and an urgent matter for millions of people worldwide. Now, the industry is having a hard time meeting the needs of tourists and passengers.
The current global crisis and uncertainty about the future are making travelers think carefully about their next destination and be more careful with money.
But where should American travelers go? What’s the smart move? According to a recent report published by Squaremouth, the answer is: away from the United States.
The document states: “The average cost of a domestic trip is roughly $500 more than an international trip.”
The travel insurance comparison company analyzed data proving that domestic travel can be more expensive than international travel and shared relevant insights for travelers:
U.S. Travel Is Expensive
It’s not only Squaremouth’s report. Recent news stories have also demonstrated that domestic travel can be more expensive than international travel.
Top destinations in the United States have become very expensive. This year, flights to New York have soared through the roof and a few domestic flights to this destination have even doubled their price.
In Las Vegas, Resorts and hotels keep hiding and increasing absurd fees, charging travelers for many basic services —like minibar use or internet connection— and making stays more expensive than in previous years. And Hawaii has the most expensive hotels in the United States.
But there’s no need to panic. According to the information analyzed by Squaremouth, the good news is that despite the current global state, the average trip cost in the US has decreased this 2022, compared to the previous three years. Vacations are a little less expensive than before.
These were the average trip costs in the United States shared:
- In 2019: Around $6,000.
- In 2020: Around $5,800.
- In 2022: Around $5,300.
However, the study shows that even if domestic trip costs have decreased this year, international travel to some fascinating destinations can be cheaper.
Top International Destinations For American Travelers
Squaremouth.com also shared its “Live Travel Insurance Data”, a comparison engine, that shows travel trends and recent costs.
Megan Moncrief, Chief Marketing Officer at the company explained more about this tool: “Squaremouth Analytics studies data from thousands of travel insurance policies on a daily basis. Our team dissects this data to identify real-time changes and trends in the industry and to understand the major concerns for today’s consumers and how they are responding to the current travel market.”
Considering the last 90 days, these are America’s favorite international destinations and the average trip cost:
- Italy: $5,900.
- Mexico: $2,868.
- Israel: $2,519.
- France: $4,598.
- Philippines: $1,737.
- Canada: $3,046.
- Spain: $4,387.
- United Kingdom: $4,331.
- Germany: $4,294.
Fascinating and trendy destinations like Mexico and the Philippines are considerably cheaper than domestic travel. Other places mentioned in the study did not rank in the top 10 but are also interesting for travelers —like Costa Rica and the Turks and Caicos Islands— and less expensive.
The report also showed that other countries that US travelers also enjoy visiting can be very expensive. For example, a trip to Greece costs Americans around $7,600.
More Travel Recommendations
When it comes to choosing a destination, there are many factors considered in the decision-making process. Those who cannot travel abroad can benefit from relevant information online to reduce costs.
People considering traveling by car can avoid the most expensive cities to rent a car like Spokane or Portland or prefer airports with the cheapest fares like Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport or Harry Reid International Airport (LAS). Considering the best times to book flights is also valuable.
Those traveling abroad can reduce vacation costs even more by visiting cities that offer a great cultural experience but also low-priced hotels and restaurants or where US dollars can reach further.
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