Vacation planning has been a bit of a roller coaster experience in recent years, as pandemic anxiety brought people close to home, while pent-up wanderlust made others long to fly far, far away.
But a recent survey by Airbnb found that 90 percent of guests are considering traveling this summer. Bookings for Airbnb digs abroad are back to pre-pandemic levels. The popularity of ‘unique houses’ – small houses, for example barns and tree houses (!) – has increased enormously. And several international destinations, starting with Venice and the Bahamas, have proved irresistible to vacationers considering summer plans.
Of course, these survey results don’t apply to everyone — and data crunchers targeted Airbnb searches in the first quarter of 2022, so data isn’t available for the demographic of procrastinators. (Or, as we prefer to be called, “spontaneous typing.”)
But the 10 most popular international destinations among US Airbnb bookers are a beach-focused group, with eight of the vacation havens located in seawater spots. The way they cluster is also interesting. Beachy or not, they are all in Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico or Costa Rica. (We’re not sure what to think about that. Nobody goes to Barcelona – or book a hotel in Spain?)
Here are Airbnb’s top 10 trending international destinations for the summer, according to guest searches in the US:
- Venice, Italy
- Nassau, The Bahamas
- Capri, Italy
- Puerto Escondido, Mexico
- Tamarind, Costa Rica
- Quepos, Costa Rica
- Florence, Italy
- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- La Paz, Mexico
- Merida, Mexico