With everyone stuck at home for the past year, it’s no surprise travelers are itching to hit the road and skies now that travel is making a comeback. With this desperate need for a change of scenery, Americans are interested in getting outside with adventurous activities, according to a recent study done by battleface, a travel insurance disruptor.
About 39 percent of Americans have either booked or plan to book an international trip by the end of 2021 or 2022; 72 percent have either looked into purchasing or have purchased travel insurance, which shows people are more inclined to protect their trips due to the pandemic.
The study also showed younger Americans are looking to travel internationally, with about 63 percent of 18–24-year-olds and half of 25–34-year-olds planning on it. compared to the 31 percent of those aged 45–64.
For younger travelers, adventure travel is the greatest interest, as well as seeking culture, wellness, relaxation and visiting friends and family. Hiking seems to be the most popular activity (30 percent) when it comes to outdoor travel plans. Other popular activities include fishing, camping, backpacking and sailing. Overall, about three-fourths of Americans traveling internationally in the next year or so plan on doing some sort of adventure.
Overall, Mexico is the most popular destination Americans plan to visit, followed by the Bahamas, Italy, Canada and Germany. The study suggests Mexico is especially popular among those aged 35–44.
When traveling with kids, a lot of factors come into play to ensure happiness and interest. The Family Vacation Guide researched Tripadvisor’s traveler reviews to determine the Top 100 Cities in the United States. Consider these cities when deciding where to vacation. From kid-friendly places to eat, hotels, attractions, ease of navigation and access to options, here are the top 10-ranked cities for kids according to real, family travelers’ reviews.
Disney Parks around the world shut down for months due to the global pandemic. Since then, most parks reopened, but with restrictions like limited capacity, no Fast Passes and more. Guests hoped they would bring back the beloved Fast Pass, allowing guests to skip long lines and head straight to the ride.
The St. Regis Punta Mita encourages guests to take a break from devices with the Disconnect to Reconnect experience. The offer promotes a digital detox, focusing instead on physical and mental wellness.
Before Disney Parks around the world shut down due to the global pandemic, guests were allowed to purchase and enter the parks with an Annual Pass. This ticket let visitors enter the parks multiple times a year, get discounts on food and merchandise, and more. Since reopening, Disney dropped the Annual Pass due to lower capacity and the reservation system. Recently, Disneyland Resort announced a new pass system for frequent visitors: the Magic Key Holder. There are a couple different levels for the passes, so make sure you do your research before purchasing.
Eastern State Penitentiary announced Halloween Nights, a new iteration of its Halloween celebration for 2021. From the creators of its Terror Behind the Walls, Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary transforms abandoned cellblocks and courtyards into newly designed immersive environments, featuring large-scale video projections and other special effects. Sections of the complex will be open to the public for the first time ever.
It’s time for fun and celebration as we announce the winners of our 2021 Wherever Awards, in its fourth year. Congratulations to all the amazing winners!