Fiji In Top 3 Trav­ellers Search

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Is­land get­aways ap­pear to be top of mind among U.S. trav­ellers. In­sureMyTrip has re­viewed data us­ing Google search trends to find out which des­ti­na­tions U.S. cit­i­zens are plan­ning to visit once re­stric­tions have been lifted and five of the top 10 are is­lands.

The most searched des­ti­na­tion in the U.S. is the Mal­dives, which re­ceived 18,100 searches dur­ing the stay-ath­ome or­der as a re­sult of­coro­n­avirus (COVID-19).

The ar­chi­pel­ago of over 1000 is­lands is pop­u­lar for its re­mote­ness, tran­quil beaches and lux­ury prop­er­ties.

The state with the high­est con­tri­bu­tion of searches for the Mal­dives is Cal­i­for­nia, fol­lowed by Ge­or­gia, New York and Penn­syl­va­nia.

The des­ti­na­tion is plan­ning to re­open July 1.

Greece and Texas

Greece is sec­ond on the list with 14,800 searches dur­ing April, which was in­flu­enced by a high con­tri­bu­tion of searches by Texas.

Ad­di­tion­ally, there were 11 states in to­tal that picked Greece as their top choice for a post-pan­demic visit.

Fiji and Costa Rica tied for third, each record­ing 9900 Google searches over the pe­riod.

The full list is as fol­lows:

■ Mal­dives (18,100)

■ Greece (14,800)

■ Fiji (9,900)

■ Costa Rica (9,900) ■ Bahamas (8,100)

■ Mex­ico (6,600)

■ Jamaica (6,600)

■ Aruba (6,600)

■ Thai­land (5,400)

■ Italy (4,400)

Three des­ti­na­tions are in the Caribbean (Aruba, Bahamas and Jamaica).

Is­land favourites

With North Amer­ica ac­count­ing for 53 per­cent of its vis­i­tors in 2019, ac­cord­ing to In­sureMyTrip, it’s clear the is­lands are still a fa­vorite with the U.S. pop­u­la­tion.

In­ter­est­ingly, the Do­mini­can Repub­lic does not make the top ten, even though 29 per cent of the recorded U.S. vis­i­tors trav­elled to the is­land last year, In­sureMyTrip adds.

It is rated the 20th most de­sired coun­try to visit. Jamaica, how­ever, was the sec­ond most vis­ited Caribbean is­land in 2019, ac­count­ing for 12 per­cent of U.S. vis­i­tors, and seems to have held onto its pop­u­lar­ity. It is in the sev­enth po­si­tion for the most Googled.

While it re­mains an ex­pen­sive op­tion, it is rea­son­able to as­sume the so­cial dis­tanc­ing has in­flu­enced travel day­dreams to in­clude in­dulging in lux­ury and trop­i­cal is­lands with pris­tine beaches and crys­tal­clear wa­ters. With that said, it seems Amer­i­cans are not just in­ter­ested in sunny climes once travel re­stric­tions are lifted ei­ther. Delv­ing fur­ther down the list, Thai­land and Italy round out the top 10, while Ice­land, Switzer­land, Ire­land and Ja­pan also make the top 20.

Fiji is among the top three most searched is­land get­aways by Amer­i­cans. Liku­liku La­goon Re­sort on Malolo Is­land in the Ma­manuca group.

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