Which Countries Do Americans Travel To The Most?
Which countries do Americans travel to the most? Is it our friendly neighbors to the north and south? Our English-speaking counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic? Maybe the land of baguettes and tourists from basically every other country in the world? The answer is “yes” to all of the above, but Mexico more so than any other country.
The National Travel and Tourism Office recently released their findings of which countries Americans travel to the most in the world, and the winner, for the second year in a row, is Mexico with about 26 million visits from Americans in 2013, followed by Canada (15.4 million), the U.K. (3.5 million), the Dominican Republic (2.2 million) and France (2 million).
Americans made a total of 60.7 million trips to foreign countries in 2012, which is up 3% from 2011 when the U.S. logged its second-lowest number of foreign trips in a decade with 59.2 million trips, but down from a decade-high 64.1 million trips in 2007 (just before the Great Recession!), which, if these numbers reflect anything, it’s this: a better economy means more trips abroad. Odds are very likely that 2013 will indicate an increase as well.
Here’s a full listing of the top countries Americans traveled to the most:
4) Dominican Republic
12) Japan, Costa Rica
15) Hong Kong
19) South Korea
26) Thailand, Cayman Islands
28) United Arab Emirates
31) South Africa
32) Poland, Ukraine, Morocco
Lastly, if you’re curious as to where people touch down last before heading out in the world, the answer is New York’s JFK Airport, followed by Miami, Atlanta, Newark and Los Angeles (together they are the last airport for over half of all Americans on trips abroad).
By Matt Stabile
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