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Swimsuit? Check. Sunblock? Check. Flight booked to a sunny destination? Check. The days of warm weather and summer fun are fast approaching, and according to a recent Allianz Partners travel survey, many Americans have their sights set on beaches and big cities. After analyzing over six million flight itineraries between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, here’s where travelers are headed.


Despite the 5% decrease in U.S. bookings compared to last year, Allianz Partners reports that domestic destinations still account for 68% of American’s summer itineraries. Holding strong in the top spot, Orlando is this year’s fan favorite. Seattle claims second for the third year in a row, while major cities like Boston, New York, Honolulu, Las Vegas and Los Angeles fill in the third through seventh place rankings. Travelers are also headed to Anchorage (eighth), Kahului (ninth) and Denver (tenth).  



Up 15% from last year, international destinations are coming in hot. Unsurprisingly, Mexico takes the cake as the gorgeous Cancun and San Jose del Cabo rank first and second. Aruba follows behind in third while London climbs the ladder to fourth, a major jump from last year. Other warm destinations on the list include Punta Cana (fifth), Montego Bay (sixth), Puerta Vallarta (seventh) and Turks & Caicos (eighth). After a six-year hiatus, Paris returns to the list at ninth, likely attributed to the upcoming Olympic Games, with Nassau rounding out the tenth slot.

“After months of cold and gloomy weather in the states, it’s no surprise that both domestic and international beaches are a big allure to American travelers,” said Daniel Durazo, director of external communications at Allianz Partners USA.

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Samantha Anderson is the editorial intern for VAX VacationAccess. A communications and journalism major at Carroll University, Samantha can always be found on the soccer field or with her nose in the latest book. New to the industry, she is excited to write travel content and is looking forward to what next big adventure awaits!


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