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By Kiersten Willis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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U.S. travelers are already looking to next year to plan their warm-weather getaways.

Although winter is approaching, Americans are already beginning to book trips for warmer, sunnier months.

While many travelers opted to remain close to home amid the coronavirus pandemic this year, they’re seeking international destinations for 2021, according to U.K.-based travel company Skyscanner.

Among the top 10 most-searched destinations, six are outside of the United States, the metasearch and travel agency recently announced. Its research also shows search volumes are steadily increasing — including a 25% increase last month.

“2021 looks like it’s going to be a bumper year for travel, with so many Americans desperate to get out and explore the world again. Some are reorganizing a ‘missed’ trip, some are using unspent funds and vacation days to upgrade to bucket-list getaways, and some are embracing Americana, using internal flights to discover a variety of hidden gems on U.S. soil. What we can see from our data is growing search and booking numbers, and more even split between domestic and international destinations in July and August 2021,” said Mark Crossey, US Traveler Expert at Skyscanner in a statement.

“US. vacationers are obviously keen to enjoy their best-loved international hotspots, with traditional favorites London and Paris taking the top and third spots in the ten searched,” he added.

The most-searched destinations are below.


New York





Los Angeles

Papeete, French Polynesia

Orlando, Florida

Athens, Greece

The international change will likely be a welcome one for U.S. travelers. In the last few months, Americans have embraced domestic travel as the coronavirus pandemic continues. TheTransportation Security Administration recorded almost 1 million travelers checking in on September 4th ahead of Labor Day weekend. At the time, Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group said “Labor Day is typically the last big hurrah of the summer travel season and added that “short road trips become popular solutions to get some relaxation.”

While Atlanta didn’t make it among the most-searched options for Skyscanner’s list, below are several ways you can enjoy the state’s offerings if you’d rather stay put next summer.

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