The number of US citizens travelling abroad rose to a record-breaking high in 2015, according to the National Travel & Tourism Office.
Overall, the number of US travellers increased 7.7%, bringing the total up to nearly 73.5 million passengers. Every region increased its share of US travellers, except Africa, which saw a drop of 2.1%. Perhaps surprisingly, the biggest region to increase their share of US travellers was the Middle East, which saw a year-on-year increase of 14.9%
Unsurprisingly, US citizens still prefer to stay in North America than travel overseas, with more than half remaining on the continent. US citizens also apparently prefer going south than visiting their northern neighbour, with Mexico welcoming more than double the amount of US tourists than Canada did.
Despite the positive growth, there is still room for a lot more, with only 23% of Americans travelling abroad. A recent survey showed that two-thirds of Americans don’t plan on using their passport in 2016, while the actual numbers may end up being even less.
The United States has earned the nickname of ‘no vacation nation’, due to the fact that a whopping 40% said they took no vacation days in 2015, with a further 17% taking less than five days; making it even more difficult to travel abroad. The numbers have led to a campaign to try and urge more Americans to take their holidays and end ‘vacation shaming’.