AAs communities across the United States (and countries around the world) ease coronavirus restrictions, travel advisers say it increasingly looks like travel this Spring Break season will be more important than ever. .
“The desire for fun, action-packed adventures or simply to escape and spend time with family and friends in a new place – after many months and in some cases years of planning and postponing travel – pushing demand to historic levels,” said travel advisor Kate Doty, adding that it comes at a time when many trips previously planned from 2020 and 2021 are finally taking place. According to a study by Vacasa, a vacation rental management company, 37% of Americans plan to travel during spring break, an increase from 29% who did so in 2021.
While there’s high demand for travel, industry insiders like Doty say there are still opportunities to get away from it all – it may just take flexibility and a willingness to spend more than you can afford. would have done in years past. Especially if you don’t act fast.
Book your flights now
Analyse of Hopper, the travel booking application, found that domestic airfares for Spring Break are still down 6% from 2019. But those prices aren’t likely to last long — Hopper predicts airfares will rise 45% in the weeks leading up to Spring Break. spring break February to end of March).
Similarly, prices for international flights currently average around $610 round trip, but this figure will rise to around $800 the week before departure. Already, hotels and rental cars are more expensive, said a travel consultant Will Kiburz— in some places up to 300% more.
Opt for alternative destinations that are still hot-ish
As you might expect, the most popular destinations are those with high temperatures and beach access. Expedia has found that the most popular destinations for Spring Break 2022 are Las Vegas, Orlando, New York, Orange County and Cancun. That largely lines up with data from Hopper, which lists Miami, Las Vegas, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles as the most booked flights domestically and San Juan, Cancun, Mexico City, Cabo and Paris for international travel.
With this in mind, Travel Advisor Martha Rhodes recommend looking for a place with mild weather and more open spaces than open water.
“The best spots that fit this category are in the southwest — Scottsdale, Sante Fe and Sedona, for example,” Rhodes said. “Families can still find multi-bedroom accommodation options, easy flights to major airports, and warm weather for hiking, biking, and relaxing in a lounge chair by the pool.”
Consider off-season destinations or countries that fair reopened borders
Shelley Rapp, another travel adviser, echoed Rhodes, saying that if you’re willing to forgo the sun and sand, many European cities, like Rome and Barcelona, are less crowded in the spring. Although a second option, she said, is considering destinations that only recently started welcoming visitors again — places like Australia, Argentina, Chileand Vietnam.
“Many travelers pre-booked locations they thought were open for their trips, which left newly-opened destinations with more availability,” Rapp explained.
If in doubt, consider calling a professional.
Having a travel counselor, whose job it is to know where there is availability (and who can guide travelers through coronavirus protocols and testing), can take the stress out of planning.
“There are so many ways to make the most of your last minute spring trip, COVID restrictions and all,” Rapp said.
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