Seasoned and novice travelers are adding more and more international destinations to their travel plans. According to the recent findings of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, global tourism grew 5 percent in the first nine months of 2013. Tourist arrivals reached a record 845 million across the world, which was an increase of approximately 41 million from 2012.

What were the most popular destinations of the year? Europe was once again on top of tourists’ must-see list. In the continent alone, the international tourist arrivals grew by 6 percent which exceeded the 2013 forecast and it was double the average growth rate since 2000. We are excited to add our traveler’s names to that growing list as we set out for Europe in May 2014, visiting France and Spain for a cultural expedition that will include prehistoric cave tours and a tour through the region’s famed wine country.

Other countries that were visited by large amounts of curious travelers include Asia and the Pacific which also saw an increase of 6 percent in travelers. As for Africa, our November 2013 eclipse tours added to the 5 percent growth rate the continent saw this year, due in part to North Africa’s recovery.

These statistics are a good sign of a positive growth and have industry leaders excited for even more international travel in 2014.

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