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OneTravel data shows Baby Boomers are embracing adventure travel

NEW YORK – OneTravel, a leading online travel agency, has released the top destinations Baby Boomers over the age of 60 are traveling to this spring. The booking data shows the top domestic and international destinations Boomers are jet-setting to, along with unique trends for this age group, and the average cost of plane tickets this spring.

While Boomers continue to travel to more traditional vacation spots for retirees like Orlando, Florida and Cancun, Mexico, booking data shows they are getting more adventurous this year, by heading to up-and-coming destinations such as Thailand, Vietnam, Costa Rica, and Peru.

European cities appear to be the most appealing international choice for Boomers with seven cities making it into the top 20 this year. Select European gateways have seen significant price decreases year over year which may be contributing to their increase in popularity. According to OneTravel’s data, flights to Paris are 19% cheaper, flights to Dublin are 14% cheaper, and flights to Rome are 12% cheaper than in 2017(1)

Domestically, Boomers continue to frequent warm weather destinations such as Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and California.

Top 20 Most Popular Spring Break Destinations for Boomers in 2018(2)

Domestic Destinations

Average Airfare3

International Destinations

Average Airfare3

Orlando, FL

$276

Cancun, Mexico

$443

New York, NY

$265

Tel Aviv, Israel

$1,034

Las Vegas, NV

$276

Bangkok, Thailand

$826

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

$265

Barcelona, Spain

$703

Houston, TX

$289

London, England

$748

Phoenix, AZ

$330

Toronto, Canada

$296

Chicago, IL

$240

Mexico City, Mexico

$357

Tampa, FL

$288

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

$470

Washington, D.C.

$268

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

$452

Los Angeles

$271

Dublin, Ireland

$741

Fort Myers, FL

$339

Guadalajara, Mexico

$356

Miami, FL

$305

Oranjestad, Aruba

$595

Denver, CO

$256

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

$822

Honolulu, HI

$694

Rome, Italy

$822

San Francisco, CA

$300

Amsterdam, Netherlands

$759

San Diego, CA

$307

Paris, France

$665

New Orleans

$337

Madrid, Spain

$739

Dallas, TX

$262

Vancouver, Canada

$372

Boston, MA

$262

Lima, Peru

$652

Seattle, WA

$304

San Jose, Costa Rica

$517

1 Based on average roundtrip airfare for tickets booked before 2/19/18 for travel 3/1/18 – 4/30/18 compared to the average roundtrip airfare during the same time period in 2017.
2 Based on passengers ages 61 – 80 booked for travel from 3/1/18 – 4/30/18.
3 Based on average roundtrip airfare for tickets booked before 2/19/18 for travel 3/1/18 – 4/30/18. Average airfare rounded to the nearest dollar.

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