COVID-19 Restrictions. flight cancelled. rising costs. Of late, American travelers have been dealt a tricky hand in realizing their bucket-list travel dreams. Indeed, planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip these days takes patience, persistence—and sometimes, a pretty penny.
and yet, Nearly half (41%) of American travelers say they are planning a bucket-list trip in the next year, According to a recent survey of more than 1,800 US-based TripIt users. That’s up 15% from survey data we published in March 2021, when 26% of American travelers told us they were planning a bucket-list trip.
Among bucket-list travel planners, More than half (57%) of travelers have international destinations in mind. Top destinations? Europe, of course. About a third (30%) are planning to travel there.
As for bucket-list travel expenses? A majority (62%) said they would be more expensive than a typical trip – $1,000 to $5,000 more for most (47%).
Read more: American travelers budget thousands more to bear the rising costs of the trip
Top European Destinations for Americans’ Bucket-List Travel
With nearly one in three bucket-list trippers heading to Europe, nearly every country in the region can expect American travelers in the coming year. However, there are 10 countries that will rise above the rest.
Travelers tell us that destinations like the Amalfi Coast, the island of Sicily, as well as the cities of Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice are on their bucket-list trips to Italy.
Cities like Avignon, Paris and Strasbourg make the (bucket) list for Americans visiting France.
While some travelers told us they’re focused on just one destination—say, St. Andrews, Scotland—others plan to experience the diversity of the United Kingdom and explore England, Scotland, and Wales all at once.
Travelers heading to Spain for bucket-list trips have cities like Granada and Madrid on their itineraries.
DYK? Granada, Spain ranked #2 in our top 10 safest cities for LGBTQ+ travelers. Learn more >
Whether for a destination wedding or to soak up the shoulder-season sun, Americans plan to visit Greece for bucket-list adventures.
Germany is a year-round destination for many Americans: Travelers told us they plan to visit this summer, fall and winter — as well as for business and solo trips.
Many travelers tell us they’re eyeing Ireland for a bucket-list trip this fall.
A budget-friendly destination, Portugal will be popular with Americans this summer and fall
Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, is a top destination for Americans crossing the country off their bucket lists.
Another all-season destination, Croatia will see many Americans head there for bucket-list trips in the coming year.
Tips and tools for international travel
We’ve gathered some helpful tips and tools to help your international bucket-list trips go as close to plan as possible.
To determine what you need before your trip abroad…
TripIt Pro’s international travel tools make international travel easy by showing details like embassy information, driving guidelines, socket and plug requirements, required vaccinations and more.
You can find this tool Pro tab in the app, or by tapping the three dots in the upper right corner of your international itinerary.
To pay in local currency…
Americans heading to many parts of Europe will soon benefit from a 1:1 exchange rate between the US dollar and the euro. This is the first tie in 20 years.
Not sure what the currency is in your destination? Consult TripIt Pro’s international travel tools for local currencies and the latest exchange rates The tool also includes directions for tipping at your destination.
Want to really maximize your dollar? Order foreign currency at your home bank instead of exchanging on arrival to get a better rate and lower fees. Note that your bank may need to order the money, which may take a few days, so plan accordingly.
To cross the border…
While most European countries have dropped entry requirements related to COVID-19, there are still some (eg, France and Spain, according to the publication) that require Americans (and other travelers) to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result, and so on. . For the latest information on entry requirements for your destination, consult TripIt’s COVID-19 Travel Guides feature.
Aside from the COVID-19 documents, don’t forget to check what is required to enter your destination country, such as valid passports, entry visas, etc. Most countries require a US passport at least Tenure of three or six months.
Need to renew your passport? According to the publication, the wait time is 8 to 11 weeks. You can rush to renew your passport – but remember that it will cost you.
So, if you’re looking for a sign, this is it: Check your passport’s expiry date-now! Go ahead, we’ll wait. (And note that you don’t have to wait until your passport expires to place a new order.)
To know about delays, cancellations and alternative flights…
Flight disruptions have been well publicized this summer, including in Europe. And it’s unlikely that things will get better anytime soon. With TripIt Pro, you can be the first to know about flight delays, cancellations, gate changes and more.
If your flight is delayed or canceled, consult TripIt Pro’s Alternative Flight feature to help you determine what your options are for getting on another flight. The feature immediately finds you new flight options if your current flight is delayed, canceled or you want to leave for another flight.
To access alternative flights, open an upcoming trip, tap the flight, then tap Alternative Flights located under TripIt Pro. Then you can search for alternative flights. You can also select from alternative flights Pro tab
To claim compensation for delayed, canceled or overbooked flights…
If you experience flight disruptions during your bucket-list (or other) trip to Europe, TripIt can help! We’ve partnered with AirHelp—a company that helps air travelers claim compensation for eligible delayed, canceled and overbooked flights within/from the European Union (EU) and Brazil thanks to local consumer protection regulations.
Here’s how it works: TripIt will automatically email you if your flight may be eligible for compensation and help you file a claim through AirHelp. Once your claim is lodged, AirHelp does the rest of the hard work for you, including paperwork and communication with the airlines – helping you claim compensation for your inconvenience.
With more than 16 million travelers helped, AirHelp has the resources and expertise to handle complex claims processes. For more information, see AirHelp.
To find lost luggage…
We don’t want anyone to lose luggage (we know—we’ve been there!), but when the unexpected happens, you should definitely take some immediate steps to track your bags.
First and foremost, contact the airline. Do not leave the airport until you speak with an airline representative. Talking to a baggage claim or check-in desk agent is your fastest option for tracking your bag(s). If you can’t find an airline representative, call the airline. If applicable, fill out any airline forms to submit your claim while you are at the airport.
Want more tips? Check out these other steps you can take if your luggage is lost.
Procedure: TripIt surveyed more than 1,800 US-based users to understand their upcoming travel plans, as well as their attitudes and behaviors regarding rising costs. The survey was conducted from May 24 – June 1, 2022.