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Vacation Destination Plot Twist: HomeAway Data Reveals Americans Are Heading to Europe for Their July Fourth Holiday



AUSTIN, Texas, June 14, 2017 – This Fourth of July weekend, a surprising number of vacationing Americans may be trading hot dogs for breaking brioche by the Seine, grabbing gelato by the Tiber and taking tea by the Thames. The proof comes in new data from HomeAway® that reveals demand by U.S. travelers for vacation home rentals in London, Paris and Rome is jumping dramatically this year. 


The numbers from the world leader in vacation rentals tell the story. Vacation rental demand from U.S. travelers on HomeAway.com, which include July 4, 2017 as a date of stay, showed the following:



Each of these European cities ranked in the top five of most affordable average cost per night among the top destinations for Americans this holiday, with Rome as the cheapest at $208 per night.


“Airfares are low, and American travelers are taking advantage,” said Melanie Fish, HomeAway’s family travel expert. “Florida beaches are still our most popular vacation spots by the sheer number of people staying in a HomeAway rental. But clearly, families and groups have figured out that renting a home in Europe offers the same benefits: more room for a lower cost per person.”


The top 10 HomeAway destinations for Fourth of July1:


          1. Florida Gulf Coast

          2. Hilton Head Island, SC

          3. Alabama Gulf Coast

          4. Kissimmee, FL

          5. San Diego, CA

          6. Myrtle Beach, SC

          7. Paris, France

          8. Ocean City, MD

          9. London, England

         10. Breckenridge, CO


Here are examples of HomeAway vacation rentals still available, as of one month before the holiday, for July 4 in London, Paris and Rome, which ranked just outside the top 10 list at number 14:







2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6







1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2








1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5






1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6






1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3








2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6






1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3



1 Vacation rental demand from U.S. travelers on HomeAway.com, which include July 4, 2017 as a date of stay



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