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Cities are still the go-to places. The same goes for tropical areas such as the Caribbean and Cancun.
In 2020, travelers shunned inner cities in search of seaside towns and national parks, which they felt were safer places, according to Brian Hoyt of TripAdvisor.
But by last fall, Las Vegas, New York City, and Orlando had replaced places like Key Largo, Key West, and Atlantic City as the top three destinations for travelers in fall 2020, according to TripAdvisor. .
The trend continues, with Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Orlando and New York being the five most booked fall destinations in the US, according to travel booking site Hopper. For international travelers, cities such as San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cancun; Mexico City; Barcelona; and Rome, with Rome in the top 10, according to Hopper.
“Old is new again,” Hoyt said. “High-density population centers are back in fashion.”
But low-key vacations are still irresistible. Ocean City, New Jersey, a seaside town about 11 miles south of Atlantic City, was the most popular destination in the United States this fall based on the number of nights booked, according to Airbnb. part of the trend to extend the September and October saw a surge in tourist interest flocking to his 8-mile (8-km) beach, Michele Gillian said, with summer crowds leaving and towns hosting antique car shows. Massive block he parties, fireworks shows and other events are held. Executive Director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.
According to Kareem George, travel advisor and owner of Culture Traveler, a company that specializes in luxury travel, travelers are still eager to travel to Europe, leading to increased demand for flights and hotel bookings. Demand is “on par” with 2019.
“Italy stands out,” George said.
According to Expedia, London, Paris, Munich, Copenhagen and Dublin were the top cities searched by travelers between September 6th and November 15th.
Santorini, the whitewashed Greek island on Italy’s southern Amalfi Coast and the Aegean Sea, is so popular this fall that travelers are having a hard time finding accommodation, says boutique travel, which specializes in European travel. Charles Neville, a spokesman for agency Jayway, said:
People are keen to tour these destinations and are willing to spend $600 to $700 a night on accommodation, so it may not be worth the money, he said.
Neville advises clients to book later in the fall, when the weather is still nice and crowds are dwindling, or to consider Sicily, Croatia and lesser-known Greek islands such as Paros and Naxos. said there is. “Maybe it’s a way to live out your dream of a Greek island vacation without spending a ridiculous amount of money,” he said.
More travelers are booking trips in the Americas, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Costa Rica than they did in 2019, said Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights. Access to these countries is easy and flights are generally cheap. Round-trip fares to Colombia from almost anywhere in the United States were selling for about $260 in August, he said.
“For many people, what they want to do as their first homecoming is a trip abroad that is fun, but not too far away,” Keys said.
Sylvia Sims, a retired sales manager living outside of Detroit, said it was just the kind of comfort she and three friends wanted when they started planning their fall trip last May. Sims, 71, has made nearly 10 trips since the early 1980s, but she has settled in Jamaica, which she has not visited since April 2019.
“I feel safe returning to places I really want to visit,” she said. — Maria Kramer