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The most popular summer travel destinations in Europe

Americans are eager to return to Europe this summer, according to Allianz Partners’ Top 10 European Summer Destinations study, which found travel to Europe will increase 600% from last year.

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease, London, Paris and Dublin remain the three most popular places on American travelers’ itineraries in 2022.


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The award-winning travel insurance and assistance company analyzed more than 40,000 flight routes for trips lasting five to eight days between Memorial Day and Labor Day to find that the UK capital dominates still, accounting for 22% of reservations for the mainland. However, Paris skipped Dublin after finishing third in 2021.

Reykjavik, Iceland remains the fourth most popular European destination for Americans on summer vacation across the pond, with Rome climbing one spot to fifth.

Edinburgh, Scotland also overtook Athens, Greece this year, reaching sixth place. Meanwhile, Lisbon, Portugal jumped into the top 10 for the first time since 2019, claiming seventh place. Athens has dropped three places in total from 2021 to eighth place, followed by Barcelona and Amsterdam, who complete the top 10 for 2022.

The Allianz study also determined that a majority of those travelers venturing abroad this summer (75%) will spend seven days on vacation while just over one in 10 (11%) plan to spend at least eight days.

Additionally, Friday, May 27 is expected to be the most popular travel day this summer as Americans look to hop over the holiday weekend.

The French flag waving with Paris and the Eiffel Tower in the background.
The French flag waving with Paris and the Eiffel Tower in the background. (photo via iStock/Getty Images Plus/Querbeet)

“The pandemic has made people realize that you can’t take travel for granted and many Americans are looking forward to visiting Europe this summer,” Daniel Durazo, director of external communications at Allianz Partners USA, said in a statement. . “European destinations have made a major push to welcome Americans back and our data shows huge pent-up demand for travel to the continent. International travelers should always consider travel insurance plans that reimburse covered trip cancellations and medical emergencies that may arise during travel.

Last week, Allianz revealed the top US and international destinations for this coming summer. While travel to Europe is on the rise, Mexico and the Caribbean continue to dominate the list of top places for Americans traveling abroad.

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