In recent years, many households opted to forgo international travel due to the high costs, and that remains true this Labor Day weekend. Not one city outside the U.S. and Canada shows up on Priceline’s list of the most popular Labor Day destinations this year.
“In 2009, there were 11 destinations from ‘across the pond’ on the list,” says Brian Ek, senior travel analyst for Priceline
, who puts together the list each year. “Last year, there were none, presumably caused by high airfares. I expected a bounce back this year, particularly since London did so well for Memorial Day following the Royal Wedding, but nada.”
Ek pins the downward trend on high airfare costs as well as lousy exchange rates and general instability abroad. Perhaps this explains why some are flocking to international destinations that are a bit cheaper and closer to home like Cancun, which moved up seven spots to rank as the 17th most popular destination on Travelocity’s list.
In previous years, much of Mexico was considered risky because of swine flu concerns and violent crime near the border, but compared to civil unrest going on in parts of Europe and the Middle East, Cancun seems pretty tame right about now. Plus, as Travelocity points out, the average round-trip airfare for Cancun for Labor Day weekend is just $460, roughly $400 cheaper than the average for all round-trip international flights.
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