As travel draws closer to pre-pandemic beaches, coasts attract July 4 vacationers
Three sun and sand spots – California, Florida, and Hawaii – account for 1/4 or more of all flights and car rentals this weekend.
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As people head into the July 4 long weekend, travel bookings are finally closing in on pre-pandemic beaches, according to a report. new analysis from Concur’s TripIt, and it is largely the warm coastal spots that might attract vacationers.
âAirports, roads and accommodations are looking more and more like pre-pandemic ‘normal’,â said Jen Moyse, senior product manager at TripIt. “Bookings in TripIt for July 4th show an 85% recovery for car rentals and a 64% recovery for accommodation.”
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(Domestic flights, however, only reached 51% of 2019 booking ranges, although they were up 146% from last year. International flights, unsurprisingly, only reached 29% of 2019 beaches.)
Why the relative rise?
âThe vaccines made travelers more confident,â Moyse said, noting that more than half of American vacationers polled by TripIt in April said getting the vaccine themselves was their high requirement to feel warm again. .
The travel agency found that three sunny and sandy locations – California, Florida and Hawaii – accounted for 1/4 or more of all thefts and car rentals this weekend.
(* 4 *) Moyse said. âWhether it’s a vitamin D supplement or outdoor activities where social distancing is easier, travel to the coast has been a staple of pandemic travel. ”
Americans seem to stay away from home a little longer when they decide to go out on the streets, TripIt found. The common length of stay in motels, accommodations and resorts is now 4.11 days, up from 3.23 in 2019, and stays in travel leases are even longer, averaging 5 , 83 days, compared to 4.12 days two years ago.
âCompared to 2019, travelers stay about one more day in hotels and almost two more days in vacation rentals,â Moyse said.
“Vacation rentals have been palatable to some during the pandemic given the privacy they offer and the safety from crowds,” she added. âThese are also convenient accommodation options in remote locations that don’t have as many hotels.â
And, while virtually all vacationers, 97%, were away seven days or less in 2019, more than 15% will stay longer than every week in 2021 – a six-fold improvement.
Accommodation and vacation rental bookings choose hardly different locations, according to TripIt. (See table.) Although locations fluctuate, vacationers stay longer in housing and rental properties.
âWhile top destinations for hotels include big cities like Las Vegas and New York, vacation rentals offer destinations a little more off the beaten track – places like Anchorage, Alaska and Kihei, Hawaii,â he said. declared Moyse.
More information on TripIt’s findings and a list of its top 25 July 4th locations can be found at its website.