Americans like to think of themselves as explorers. Our quest for adventure and new experiences rivals the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. We want to boldly go where no one has gone before.
However, insights from the Hotel Price Index (HPI) seem to prove otherwise. While it is true that Americans love to travel the globe, we tend to visit places that aren’t too far off the beaten path familiar.
American’s top ten international travel destinations are mostly in Europe or Canada. Tokyo and Hong Kong manage to slip in at #7 and #9. Popular destinations in the top 50 include Amsterdam, Athens, Singapore, Dubai, and Sydney.
Although European cities dominate the list, Latin American cities are becoming popular among U.S. travelers. During the first half of 2014, Mexico City (#16) and Cancun (#20) ascended four spots, while Panama City (#35) and Bogota (#38) each boosted their popularity ranking by four positions. This year also marks the debut of Lima (#44) on the list. With five Mexican cities dominating the Latin American contingent, it is clear that the country’s efforts to rebound from the unfavorable spotlight over the past few years are making considerable traction.