Views from a tower in Portugal, gondolas in Venice, beaches in the Bahamas — as you scroll through your social media feeds, it seems like everyone you’ve ever met is on a picturesque vacation this summer. Compared to the last two years, 2022 is seeing a steep increase in travel, especially international, and it may feel impossible to keep up.
The number of outbound international US flights increased about 97% year-over-year from April 2021 to April 2022, according to US International Air Travel Statistics. Airbnb data from May 2022 also showed an all-time high in long-term stay bookings, with US travelers gravitating toward Italy, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Bahamas as well as domestic beach destinations.
If you’re not planning to travel this year, hearing about other peoples’ vacations might give you a twinge of FOMO: fear of missing out. But don’t let comparisons pressure you into panic-booking