December 17, 2011- An expert from a leading online travel website announced Friday that international leisure travel would increase significantly in 2012. Travel trends show an increase in worldwide domestic travel but international travel is expected to increase at even a higher rate than domestic travel.
There are number of reasons for the expected jump in international leisure travel. One of those is that the world is generally a safer place to travel today. Terrorism acts have declined significantly over the last two to three years and military conflicts have reduced as well.
In 2011, the U.S. State Department issued just 31 travel warnings. Of the 193 nations in the United Nations, only seven are currently listed as being troubled destinations for travel.
Travelers are learning to accept the hassles they encounter at airports with new security laws and checks becoming routine. Flyers are learning handle delays and other problems they encounter with airlines.
With the introduction of new aircraft like the Airbus A-380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, international traveling is becoming easier, more comfortable and lower priced. One important sign that international travel will increase is that more Americans have more passports than ever before. Over 109,750,000 valid passports exist in the U.S., an all time high.
With internet or cable television available to a very high percentage of the world’s population, many people are choosing to travel to new and exciting international destinations that were not known of or even promoted just two to three years ago.
The more than 17,000 travel apps make it easier for travelers to search, study, and book online international travel.