With summer right around the corner, travel plans are heating up, according to Tripadvisor's 2021 Summer Travel Index. Nearly half of Americans (43 percent) in a recent Tripadvisor survey revealed their expectation that travel activity will rebound within three months. As Americans may no longer be settling for the perennial staycation and occasional local trip, it appears that actual vacations will come back with force.

Over two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) are planning to travel this summer (June 1 - August 31), which is a 17 percent increase from those who traveled this spring (March 1- May 31). Millennials are the most excited to get back out there with the vast majority (72 percent) of the generation planning trips. Although many still plan to drive to their destination (43 percent), 19 percent plan to fly, up 4 percent from this spring.
Meanwhile, compared to the first week of January, hotel searches are up 65 percent, searches for experiences (attractions and tours) increased by 78 percent, and restaurant searches are up 53 percent.

So, what's hot this summer?
• Of those planning to travel, 74 percent of Americans will take a domestic trip and 13 percent will travel internationally.
• Americans ready for longer R&R, with 29 percent taking a weeklong trip and 28 percent vacationing for 10 days.
• Most popular travel weeks begin June 21 and June 28, timed around Independence Day.
• Summer splurge: Over half (53 percent) of Americans plan to spend more on trips this year vs. last summer, rising to 66 percent for millennials. Globally, Americans are the biggest summer spenders, planning to shell out 9 percent more than the average traveler around the world.
• Hottest amenities: Clean hotels, free cancelations, hotels with restaurants.
• Beach destinations continue to shine this summer, with travelers most interested in sunny Florida and Mexico. Their choice of where to stay reiterates that desire: the most popular accommodation types for 2021 summer trips are all-inclusives and beach resorts.

Popular Destinations and Experiences

Top 10 destinations
this summer
Highly-rated hotel
that's still available
Most booked
experience
Highly-rated
restaurant
1. Cancun, MexicoLe Blanc Spa Resort CancunBest ATV Tour, Five Ziplines and Cenote Swim with Lunch and Transport IncludedEl Timón de Cancún
2. Orlando, Fla.The Delaney HotelSEA LIFE Orlando AquariumLa Luce
3. Myrtle Beach, S.C.Ocean 22 by Hilton Grand VacationsPolynesian Fire Luau and Dinner Show Ticket in Myrtle Beach42nd Street Bar And Grill
4. Key West, Fla.Havana Cabana at Key WestKey West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D'oeuvresSeaside Cafe at the Mansion 
5. Miami Beach, Fla.The Standard, MiamiCity Half Day Tour of Miami by Bus with Sightseeing Cruiseil Pastaiolo
6. Las Vegas, Nev.Four Seasons Hotel Las VegasLas Vegas Helicopter Night FlightEdge Steakhouse
7. Playa del Carmen, MexicoBanyan Tree MayakobaBuggy Tour in Playa del Carmen with Cenote Swim and Mayan Village VisitNørdic
8. Cabo San Lucas, MexicoVista Encantada Spa Resort & ResidencesCabo San Lucas - Beach and Desert 4x4 ATV TourPanache Restaurant
9. Tulum, MexicoAhau TulumSelva Maya Eco Adventure Park: Ziplining, Hanging Bridges, Rappelling and CenoteLoco Tulum
10. Punta Cana, Dominican RepublicDreams Macao Beach Punta Cana5 tours in 1 - Horseback Riding / City Tour / Cacao Farm / Zipline / Dune BuggyMontserrat Manor Restaurant

Globally, nearly half (48 percent) of travelers are planning summer trips, with more than a third (38 percent) staying domestic and fewer than one in ten (9 percent) venturing internationally. Luxurious destinations like Bora Bora and Dubai top the list of most searched international destinations this April, while Greece and Iceland gained the most momentum in the last several months.

The Tripadvisor Consumer Sentiment Survey is based on data drawn from an online survey of over 2,500 consumers, in partnership with Qualtrics, conducted between April 1 through April 8, 2021 across six countries - U.S., UK, Australia, Italy, Singapore and Japan