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2023 is the year of the travel wave in the United States! A new detailed report from Mastercard has highlighted where Americans are pulling out credit cards and spending their travel dollars.
Of course, when it comes to these reports, there are usually many rigmarole reviewing the cause and effect of travel trends such as inflation and interest rates.
Mastercard says a recent increase in disposable income and strong consumer spending are the main drivers of current trends.
But the most important thing to consider is the bottom line, and that’s the undeniable fact that travel is back and Americans are happily traveling all over the world.
Tourism records seem to be breaking left and right in several countries and cities in the US as well. The current travel trend shows no signs of slowing down with the arrival of the summer season.
It doesn’t seem to matter the current economic state; Americans will always look forward to a summer vacation.
According to the latest Mastercard Travel Industry Trends Report for 2023, these are the The 10 countries that American travelers like the most:
Americans love their neighbor to the south.
Mexico is still the number one place for americans to enjoy a pleasant getaway. From Baja to Chetumal, our neighbor to the south is a delight almost anywhere.
From exciting megacities like Mexico City to smaller upcoming destinations like Chetumaltravelers can easily find their niche.
Whether it’s an all-inclusive beach resort, a day strolling the bustling streets of Mexico City, or swimming in a picturesque cenote, Americans love this incredible country above all else.
Our friends across the pond
The second place after Mexico is the United Kingdom. Americans love to jump on a plane. across the pond to enjoy all that the UK has to offer.
Americans have been especially driven to explore Scotland of late with the influence of TV shows and the desire to trace their heritage.
Others often want to venture to the pristine city of London, as well as other major UK cities such as Birmingham and Manchester to name a few.
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Dominican Republic continues to break tourism records
This easily accessible Caribbean hotspot shows no signs of any setback from American tourists. This beautiful country of white-sand beaches, lush mountains, and luxury resorts ranks third among American tourists.
Punta Cana is the main attraction, with approximately 80% of Americans spending their time here during their Dominican getaway.
Without this resort town, it is very likely that American tourists would have a completely different view of the Dominican Republic.
The most amazing destination that Americans love to visit
Colombia ranks tenth in the group. With many popular European and Caribbean destinations rounding out the Top 10, Colombia came as a surprise.
The United Nations recognizes 192 registered countries, so it’s interesting to find that Americans love Colombia so much.
Mastercard believes that the rise of the lifestyle trend in digital nomadism has something to do with the inclusion of surprising destinations on the list.
Colombia is a beautiful country in many ways, but when compared to top tourist destinations like Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, it can be hard to see why Americans love this country so much at first glance.
Medellín, in particular, has become a popular place for expats, but even more so among digital nomads due to the comfortable climate, rich culture, and affordability.
The full list of rankings
The top 10 countries most liked by Americans include a mix of nations from Europe, South America, North America, and the Caribbean.
If there were not such a huge increase in airfare costs to Asia this year, Asian countries would most likely also be included.
1 – Mexico
2 – United Kingdom
3 – Dominican Republic
4 – Puerto Rico
6 – Italy
8 – France
9 – Spain
**Although Puerto Rico is not technically a country, it is located outside of continental America. Given its high rate of tourism, it was presented as a separate nation in the report.
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