The previous record of outbound travelers was 64 million in 2007, shortly before the national recession dealt a serious blow to the nation's travel industry, according to the National Travel & Tourism Office of the Commerce Department. Growth in travel abroad has been steady for the last two years, said Ron Erdmann, a spokesman for the tourism office. But he said the growth surged last year. "We haven't seen double-digit growth since 2004," he said. The long-term travel trends, however, have not changed much, with federal statistics showing Mexico, Canada and Europe as the most popular destinations in 2014. "Those have by far been the dominant three" destinations," Erdmann said. Get the full story at the Los Angeles Times