Where to Celebrate Independence Day Abroad
We here at Yahoo Travel love a backyard barbecue and baseball games as much the next flag-waving American, but give us a three-day weekend, and you’ve just given us the perfect opportunity to travel farther afield — and we’re not alone. According to booking data collected by online travel agency CheapOair, there’s been a nearly 50 percent increase this year compared with last in Americans who are traveling abroad over the long Fourth of July weekend.
Sure, there may be amazing small towns right here in which to celebrate Independence Day, but with Caribbean beaches and international cities calling (plus some downward trends in airfare), for a larger swath of travelers, this year’s red, white, and rah rah requires a passport.
Here are CheapOair’s 10 most popular international destinations this Independence Day:
Fireworks over London's Tower Bridge. (Photo: Thinkstock)
No. 10 — London
Love of irony? Nationalistic urge to shove the fact you got a day off in the face of our one-time colonial overlords? Whatever the reason, travelers continue to keep London on their short list for a long-weekend getaway, especially from East Coast gateways where quick redeye flights maximize the vacation time.
Grand Cayman. (Photo: Barry Peters/Flicker)
No. 9 — Grand Cayman
Another British outpost, albeit a sunnier and sandier one, is another top spot for travel this weekend. Although, to be fair, the Cayman Islands do feel rather Americanized, making for superfriendly, no-stress beach getaways, including nonstop flights from 10 U.S. gateways.
San José del Cabo, Mexico. (Photo: Stephen Rees/Flickr)