As border restrictions ease worldwide, travelling abroad is on everyone’s mind. After the widespread shutdown of international travel, most are already thinking about where to take their next vacation.
If you’re planning a trip, it’s essential to prepare in advance. From pre-booking airport hotels online to checking the travel restrictions at your dream destination.
ParkSleepFly compiled a list of the best travel destinations, using Google search results to discover the most popular tourist spots, upcoming vacation destinations and each state’s favorite places to visit.
It’s no secret that Americans love a Caribbean vacation, and the white sand beaches of Puerto Rico are no exception.
Of the five bioluminescent bays that exist worldwide, Puerto Rico is home to three - the brightest being Mosquito Bay. Vacationers to Puerto Rico can watch the waves glow a magical vibrant blue at night.
There were over 1.6 million Google searches in the last six months relating to vacations in Puerto Rico.
Since Puerto Rico is a US territory, US citizens travelling to the island via domestic flights can enter without restrictions. Unvaccinated travellers must produce a negative PCR test and vaccinated passengers must show vaccination proof upon arrival.
The tropical South Asian island famous for its crystal blue waters and idyllic landscape is one of the most popular travel destinations for Americans.
Most Maldives resorts are private enclaves situated on individual islands, offering the ultimate level of privacy while you relax in paradise.
Over the past six months, there have been over 400,000 Google searches for hotels, flights and vacations in Maldives!
The Maldives borders are open to US travellers who can present a negative PCR test result from within 96 hours of flight departure.
Costa Rica is one of the most popular vacation countries for US residents. Despite having a smaller land area than West Virginia, the Central American country is well known for its large jungles, volcanoes and varied wildlife.
Americans have searched over 380,000 times for vacations, hotels and flights to Costa Rica, in the last six months!
Visitors from the US can enter Costa Rica whether vaccinated or not. Unvaccinated travellers must purchase a travel policy to cover medical expenses and all visitors must complete an online Health Pass form prior to arrival.
Cancún is the most popular vacation city of 2021, according to Google search results. There were over 600,000 searches for flights, hotels and vacations in the Mexican capital of tourism, nightlife and culture.
Close to Mayan ruins including Chichen Itza and the Tulum fortress, a trip to Cancún is rich with history.
There is no requirement to provide negative PCR test results or quarantine upon arrival in Mexico.
Bali has been a favorite travel destination for Americans in recent years, and in 2021, it is one of the most-Googled travel destinations in the world.
Over the past six months there have been over 440,000 searches for vacations, flights and hotels on the Indonesian island.
Known globally for its temples, beaches and nightlife scene, a visit to Bali can be a relaxing getaway or party vacation.
Visa-free and visa-on-arrival entry for all foreign travelers, including U.S. citizens, is currently suspended, with no indication of when restrictions may be lifted.
The Middle Eastern tourist hub Dubai is one of America's favourite cities to vacation in! Over 400,000 Google searches for vacations, flights and hotels in Dubai were made in the last six months.
Famous for its modern skyline, filled with architecture and skyscrapers, visitors in Dubai can enjoy luxury shopping in the city centre.
However, the natural landscapes of the UAE are equally captivating. Travellers who venture outside the city can find vast deserts to explore, including the Sweihan Desert which is popular among off-roaders.
A negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before flight departure is required upon arrival in Dubai.
Using a list of 79 countries and 89 cities data was collected from Google Keyword planner on the number of searches for ‘flights to x’, ‘vacations to x’ and ‘hotels in x’.
To find the most popular travel spots of 2021 the total number of Google searches for all terms from April-September 2021 was recorded.
To reveal the travel destinations increasing and declining in popularity, the total search volume for all 3 search terms in October 2019 - September 2020 was compared to the period from October 2020 - September 2021.
To discover each state’s favourite travel locations, the total number of searches for all 3 search terms over the past 6 months was totalled.
All data is correct as of November 2021.
Always check the latest information on Covid-19, entry requirements and travel warnings for your destination before travelling. Consult the U.S. State Department and CDC travel guidelines for the latest advice.