In order to determine the best summer vacation spots, WalletHub compared 100 of the most populated metro areas (or Metropolitan Statistical Areas, as identified by the U.S. Census Bureau) across six key categories: 1) Travel Costs & Hassles, 2) Local Costs, 3) Attractions, 4) Weather, 5) Activities and 6) Safety.

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The Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater Metro are ranked #8 in the 2019 listing.

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area ranked #1 overall.

Dan Creed is a Business/Hospitality Instructor with Normandale Community College . He says with the economy booming, I predict summer travel will boom. I know personally I have several trips planned both in and out of the country. There could be record percentage of people traveling, perhaps as high as 25% Americans doing some kind of hospitality.

I believe that people will have more expendable spending money and will seek more luxury destination such as resorts in FL, Mexico, Caribbean, etc. I predict greater travel around Memorial Day and 4th of July.