Safety Is #1 Concern Of American Vacationers
by Richard D'Ambrosio


The majority of American travelers will vacation closer to home in 2017, as they are feeling more anxious about traveling both domestically and abroad.

Sixty percent of more than 1,000 U.S. travelers surveyed cited a trip within the U.S. as their primary vacation destination, according to the Travelzoo Spring 2017 Travel Trends Survey. Respondents named terrorism, anti-American sentiment and political unrest, along with crime and personal safety, among the top negative factors impacting their booking choices. Three out of four respondents (72%) said they would pay more for their vacation if it meant increased security.

Despite prominence in the news, concerns like the Zika virus ranked lower than any of the above as a safety or security concern, Travelzoo said.

When asked which cities they considered safest for spring 2017 travel, respondents named New York City, London and Rome among the safest cities to visit, while Istanbul, Jerusalem and Cairo were considered the least safe.

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