US Travel Trends 2020 for the Savvy Traveler

As we’re reaching the start of a new year–and a new decade!–we’re asking the question, “What does 2020 have in store for US travelers?”

From the most popular destinations to destinations gaining recognition and, of course, the ones that are the best value for your hard-earned money, Skyscanner’s report reveals the latest travel trend destinations and styles for 2020.

American Travel Trends 2020

From analyzing our booking data, “Popular destinations” explores evergreen favorites like New York and Paris (almost everyone loves eating baguettes and sipping wine under the Eiffel Tower!). But can you guess which city tops the list? Yet, if you’re more of a Joy of Missing Out kind of traveler, you may want to take a peek at “Emerging Destinations” so you can beat the crowds. The JOMO is real. Haven’t heard of this travel trend yet? Read all about it, and others, in “Travel Trend Types,” which outlines our data-based predictions for 2020. And in the end, if all you want is an amazing, affordable experience, our travel trends research shows that some of your bucket list destinations may be cheaper than you think! Check them out by clicking through to our “Best Value Destinations” page.

So, without further ado, let’s get exploring. We can’t wait to share these 2020 vacation trends with you!

Emerging Holiday Destinations
Best Value Destinations
Popular Holiday Destinations
Travel Trend Types

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Travel Trends Data Collection Methods

The data in this travel trends report is based on searches and bookings on Skyscanner’s website and mobile app, in the US. The term ‘booking’ refers to a redirect made on the Skyscanner platform, when a traveler selects a flight with a partner on the Skyscanner booking panel. Emerging destinations are predicted based on their growing popularity between 1 October 2017 and 10 September 2018, and 1 October 2018 and 10 September 2019. Change in popularity is based on normalized data and shows changes in comparative popularity over these two periods. Price change is calculated by how much the average flight price has increased or decreased in 2019 when compared to the average flight price in 2018, unless otherwise stated.

About Skyscanner Travel Insight

This vacation trends research has been created using Travel Insight, Skyscanner’s powerful data tool. It analyses the behavior of 100 million Skyscanner users every month to reveal more about today’s travelers and where they’re going in the future. Travel Insight is helping leading airlines plan routes and revenue management, airports find new opportunities and catchment areas, and tourist boards shape demand. Learn more and request a trial here.