Discussions of vacation travel trends may not traditionally include October, but 2021 is not your typical year. This Halloween, October 31, is actually the busiest day for hotel check-ins scheduled this fall, according to new Tripadvisor data obtained by Travel + Leisure.
According to the site’s Fall Travel Seasonal Index, more than half (54%) of Americans plan to travel this fall, down 13% from the busy summer season, but four percent more than last spring. And, our new attitude seems to be âwhy stop at one?â. In fact, 63% of American travelers intend to make two or more trips between September 1 and November 30. The most common types of travel are long weekend getaways that last two to five days.
While more remote and outdoor destinations have dominated so far during the pandemic, travelers are gradually drawn to city breaks. In fact, major cities have claimed every spot in the top 10 most popular destinations among American travelers for this fall.
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And, even if the weather gets cooler, you’ll notice that about half of them are still hot spots for sunbathing. In order, these are Las Vegas, Nevada; New York, New York; Orlando Florida; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Ocean City, Maryland; Honolulu Hawaii; Nashville, Tennessee; Chicago, Illinois; Miami Beach, Florida; and Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Most American travelers (84%) stay in the United States for their fall getaways, but 16% plan to go abroad, but not very far. The most popular international destinations among US travelers for fall are just across the Mexican border: Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, and Playa del Carmen.
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“While most of us aren’t quite ready to go on vacation across the world, those traveling this fall are more willing to splurge,” said Val Anthony, chief research analyst at Tripadvisor. âThe average price for travel booked by Americans this fall is $ 776, compared to $ 588 globally, which means Americans spend significantly more on travel than the rest of the world. This could be the result of more family trips: the most popular style of hotel, while swimming pools and “family rooms” are among the most popular hotel amenities sought on Tripadvisor in the States. – United at this time. “
When it comes to destination experiences, Americans largely opt for historical tours, cultural tours, sightseeing cruises, and most notably, ghost and vampire tours. Two of the more reserved experiences are in Salem, Massachusetts, the small town known for hosting the Salem Witch Trials 1692-93. The History & Hauntings of Salem Guided Walking Tour and Salem Night Tour both made the top 10 this year.