The world gets smaller every year.
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As airlines add new routes and connect new places on the globe, it becomes easier to get anywhere.

Perhaps even more exciting to travelers, it’s becoming cheaper to travel long distances on budget airlines. And airlines are also starting to connect more U.S. cities to far-flung destinations.

For Americans looking to jet off to South America or Europe sometime this year, these are the new routes that airlines will launch.

To Europe

Every day it gets cheaper to cross the Atlantic. Brand new budget airline Level just launched new routes connecting Los Angeles and Oakland to Barcelona. Fares start at $149.

Norwegian Air is also getting in on the action. Starting this September, the airline will connect Denver and Seattle to London. They will also launch routes to Rome from Los Angeles, Oakland and Newark in November.

To Mexico

Airlines are beefing up their schedules to ferry Americans back and forth to Mexico, especially Mexico City. Alaska Airlines will start service to the capital from Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego this summer. AeroMexico will connect Mexico City to Portland and Seattle, beginning November 1.

And for travelers headed to the Yucatan Peninsula, budget airlines are adding new options. Spirit will begin flying from Baltimore and Chicago to Cancun (beginning November 9) while Southwest will fly from Nashville and St. Louis (from November 11).

To South America

New York City will get new connections to South America. Starting October 28, United will fly from Newark to Buenos Aires. And in December, Delta will start service from New York’s JFK Airport to Rio de Janeiro.

To the Caribbean

Americans who want to head to tropical climates will have all new options this year. From Orlando, JetBlue will fly to Port-au-Prince, Haiti later this year. Travelers in Cincinnati can fly nonstop to Grand Cayman with Southwest, starting June 4. The airline will also begin service from Ft. Lauderdale to the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) and Costa Rica (San Jose) in November.

If you're already planning your fall travel, you can book a $59 flight on Southwest to Turks and Caicos for November.