Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Aruba; and the Bahamian capital of Nassau were among the most popular destinations for US travellers, according to 2021 Travel Trends Report from Expedia.com.
The report notes that as travellers look to 2021 while navigating the risks of vacation during a pandemic, they still entertain aspirations “for grander, far-flung vacations”.
“Looking at the top 20 destinations, half are islands and another third are popular beach resorts. After a year like 2020, it’s not hard to imagine why so many travelers want to escape to an island the next chance they get,” the report stated.
For travellers in the category of Island Escapists, the Mexican destinations of Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum were the top destinations
At the same time, Punta Cana ranked fifth, Montego Bay placed 12th, with Aruba following just once spot behind, and Nassau rounding out all Caribbean destinations at 18th.
For the report, the travel planning website analysed traveller data to uncover the biggest takeaways from 2020, an unprecedented year, and what travellers can expect in the year ahead.
In addition to tapping into its own massive database of search and demand data, this year Expedia partnered with the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) for a deep dive on the effect of the pandemic on air travel.
As a result of its partnership with ARC, Expedia gained insights into billions of flight segments in order to provide insider tips and tricks for getting the most out of air travel.
“What we learned by looking at traveller behaviours in a year as unusual as 2020 is that travel will always be an integral part of our lives,” says Christie Hudson, Senior PR Manager for Expedia brand.
“Travellers responded to the uncertainty and restrictions by finding ways to safely explore closer to home, and the result is a bigger emphasis on flexibility and a list of trending destinations that are inspiring and attainable for the year ahead.”
The report also listed the main concerns for travellers: flexibility, health and safety advancements, booking less than a month out, growth in alternative accommodations.