Americans Eager to Travel This Summer Continue to Plan in the Fall, otherwise known as the “Shoulder Season,” home rental company Vrbo Travel + Leisure.
It’s no secret that the summer trip began with a rapid start with a record number of people flying, travelers were expected to spend big bucks and many countries reopened their borders, but Vrbo says off-season months in the fall see a rise in popularity in more than 30%.
“At this time of year, we usually approach the off-season when families have a wider choice of Vrbo holiday homes to choose from and can take advantage of warmer weather, fewer crowds and lower prices at top beach destinations,” said Melanie O Fish, expert Vrbo’s travel agency said in a statement shared with T + L. “This year, families needed longer vacations to make up for lost time and because their work or school schedules were more flexible. Having experienced the start of holiday bookings this summer, travelers can also vacation on the beach or at the lake later because they simply could not get the house or condo they wanted in July or August. “
Destinations such as Hawaii, including Maui and Kauai, are in high demand with lower shoulder availability – or “second summer,” as the company calls it. The influx of tourism to Hawaii has increased so dramatically that Maui Mayor Michael Victorino has asked airlines to bring fewer travelers.
Beyond the state of Aloha, Vrbo is seeing a high demand for beach destinations in the southeast, such as Outer Banks, NC and Hilton Head, SC
Many destinations have eased COVID-19-related protocols and travel restrictions – even Hawaii waived pre-arrival testing requirements for vaccinated domestic travelers – but Chicago recently reinstated some.
This week, Windy City added two states (Missouri and Arkansas) to its orange list, advising unvaccinated travelers to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their 10-day visit or quarantine. Chicago has not been on the advisory travel list since June 1.
Alison Fox is a Contributing Writer for Travel + Leisure. When not in New York, she enjoys spending time on the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.
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