DALLAS, June 29, 2017 — International travel tops the bucket lists of most aspiring travelers. Surprisingly, two-thirds of Americans aren’t ready for international travel because according to the U.S. Department of State, only 36 percent of citizens hold a valid U.S. passport.
Although the U.S. lags behind countries like Great Britain, Australia and Canada, Americans applied for about 17 million passports in 2016* and it’s already predicted that applications this year will hit 21 million. One of the barriers for a passport can be cost (a U.S. passport runs $110), so online lodging expert Hotels.com® is helping Americans save by offering free passports** with qualifying international accommodation bookings.
“Americans are eager to get out of town. We’re seeing a strong increase in searches for European destinations year over year,” said Josh Belkin, VP and GM for the Hotels.com brand. “With declining airfares, increased international flight options, and great hotel deals, now is an obvious time to venture abroad.”
To help streamline your travel planning, here are the Most Popular International Destinations and Prices Paid based on the Hotels.com® Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®).
Top 10 International Destinations for U.S. Travelers
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Hong Kong, China
Before you pack your bags, follow these Five Simple Passport Tips.
Be Informed. Get to know the application process. See the US Department of State website for helpful details.
Keep time on your side. The routine application process can take six – eight weeks so don’t procrastinate.
Drop the shades and spectacles. Most people don’t know that you can’t wear glasses in your passport pic!
Choose a Passport Card or Book. A passport card costs $30 and is valid for U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda, but not for air travel outside the U.S. You’ll need a passport book for international air travel.