These are the most popular international destinations for Americans

Most of them prefer popular European and warm-weather destinations with a unique experience

Over the next 18 months, one-quarter of Americans plans to go on an international vacation. While many travelers will opt for popular European destinations, most of them also prefer unique experiences.

The majority of people will travel to popular destinations in Europe, such as London, Rome, or Paris. Many also prefer sunny and warm destinations of Mexico and the Carribean.

The Caribbean with its sandy beaches and crystal clear waters is also up there — Shutterstock
The Caribbean with its sandy beaches and crystal clear waters is also up there — Shutterstock
 

According to a survey by AAA Travel, 80 percent of Americans have taken an overseas vacation. Additionally, two in five of those — or nearly 77 million adults — have rented or used a personal vehicle. AAA Travel reports a 33 percent increase in International Driving Permits over the last five years (through 2018).

The results are based on a telephone survey consisting of 1,002 adults living in the continental US.

Paula Twidale, vice president, AAA Travel, said: “More and more travelers are looking for experiential travel opportunities and seeking ways to intimately engage with their destination, whether at home or abroad.”

 “There are many ways to do that, especially with the great American road trip remaining a beloved vacation option and for many, AAA has found that road trips are increasingly appealing to US travelers while overseas.”

“Millions of Americans are making plans to travel internationally this year and next. For those who will not, AAA’s survey found that one of their top concerns is the expense,” added Twidale. 

These are the top 3 destinations:

#3 London, UK

London is stunning in every season — pxl.store / Shutterstock
London is stunning in every season — pxl.store / Shutterstock
 

#2 Cancun, Mexico

Cancun is a favorite vacation destination for many Americans — Shutterstock
Cancun is a favorite vacation destination for many Americans — Shutterstock
 

#1 Rome, Italy

Rome with dramatic sceneries tops the ranking — Shutterstock
Rome with dramatic sceneries tops the ranking — Shutterstock
 

And what are the top 10 international destinations?

1. Rome, Italy

2. Cancun, Mexico

3. London, UK

4. Dublin, Ireland

5. Paris, France

6. Montego Bay, Jamaica

7. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

8. Vancouver, Canada

9. Munich, Germany

10. Barcelona, Spain