Va., Md. travelers favor the Caribbean

WASHINGTON — The Caribbean is a top international destination for travelers in the majority of U.S. states and that includes those from both Maryland and Virginia.

Trip insurance company said travelers in 26 states rank the Caribbean as No. 1. The information is based on travel insurance purchased on the site in 2017.

In Maryland and Virginia, the Caribbean is followed by the United Kingdom and Italy.

When compared to its neighboring states, District residents diverge from the East Coast’s love of sun and sand, preferring to head east, rather than south.

The top three international destinations for D.C. travelers are the UK, Italy and France. said New York, Maine and Connecticut report the highest percentage of trips to Italy.

Travelers in Hawaii pick Japan as a favorite destination.

This image shows twenty-six states favor trips to the Caribbean, while other states prefer visiting the United Kingdom, Mexico or Italy. Results are based on all travel insurance purchases for international trips booked in 2017. (Courtesy InsureMyTrip)

Israel is a top-five favorite destination in three states: New Jersey, New York and Wyoming.

See the most-preferred travel destinations for area residents in the chart below:


Favorite travel destinations (InsureMyTrip)

D.C. UK, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico
Maryland Caribbean, UK, Italy, Bahamas, Mexico
Virginia Caribbean, UK, Italy, Mexico, Bahamas
Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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