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MYRTLE BEACH, SC - JULY 04: People walk on the boardwalk on July 4, 2020 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vacationers traveled to the SC beach despite growing concerns about the the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

It has been a year since most people haven’t been able to take a proper vacation, so it’s understandable that now that some folks have gotten their vaccines they are itching to travel again. The moment I got my vaccine shot, I scheduled a weekend getaway. I think it’s good for mental health to get back to some sort of normalcy, especially if you’ve been following strict guidelines.

According to a Trip Advisor survey:

  • 50% of Americans are planning some sort of trip this spring, meaning March 1st to May 31st.
  • That number increases to 58% for Millennials.
  • And it sounds like Millennials are a bit more optimistic about the future.
  • In fact, 71% admit they feel comfortable dining out this spring, as opposed to 62% of all age groups.
  • Plus, 54% of Millennials expect day-to-day life to go back to normal within the next three months, something only 38% of all age groups agree on.

So, where is everyone going if they’re ready to travel again?

  • Well, TripAdvisor shows that 66% of searches are for domestic destinations, while 34% are for international locations.
  • Most seem to be interested in warm weather destinations, with Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean showing the biggest increases in searches.
  • Topping the list as the fastest growing destination for Americans is Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, followed by St. Thomas in the Caribbean.
  • Big cities like New York and San Francisco are among the slowest growing destinations for Americans.

Source: TripAdvisor