Europe is the most popular travel destination for American baby boomers, according to a new report on top trends among travelers aged 50 and older in 2015.
According to the AARP, also known as the American Association of Retired Persons, baby boomers in the US said they plan to take an average of four to five trips in 2015. This is particularly true of a demographic the report defines as ‘leading-edge Gen Xers,’ those aged 45 to 49.
Nearly half -- 48 percent -- of respondents also said they’ll likely travel more next year than they did in 2014.
The 50 and older crowd is a coveted travel demographic, with more disposable income to spend -- about $120 billion USD a year in leisure travel.
When it comes to international travel, European and tropical destinations emerged the most popular among baby boomers, with Italy and Great Britain tying for the top spot, followed by France.
Florida, California, Texas and New York, meanwhile, are the most popular domestic travel destinations.
More than romantic getaways, multigenerational trips and summer vacations, the biggest motivation for traveling abroad turns out to be striking goals off a bucket list -- particularly true for travelers aged 70 and older.
The report, based on the results of an online survey of 1,137 people, also found that Hispanic baby boomers are more likely to travel internationally in 2015 compared to other ethnic populations.