Travel bookings to warm weather destinations surge as cabin fever sets in for Americans

Travel bookings to warm weather destinations surge as cabin fever sets in for Americans

Travelers, eager to escape a cold, snowy winter, are booking trips to warmer destinations in record numbers according to new booking data from AAA. Flights, tours, car rentals and hotels booked for March, April and May to places like Florida, Mexico and Hawaii are up 211% over last year and 10% over 2019. blue water, clear skies and something everyone is ready to leave behind: freezing temperatures.

“People taking tropical and beach vacations this time of year are nothing new,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel. “That’s the number of bookings we’re seeing, with triple-digit increases over last year and even beating pre-pandemic volumes. The moral of the story is that people, more than ever, want to get away from it all and enjoy a little taste of paradise.

AAA data reveals that bookings for places with warmer temperatures, beaches and outdoor activities increased by 27% from December to January.

AAA’s Top Ten Hot Weather Destinations for Spring 2022

Beaches are mostly at the top of the list of places travelers plan to go this spring, but some popular family vacation spots like Orlando or big cities like Las Vegas have also made a difference. These destinations represent bookings for flights, tours, car rentals and hotels.

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Cancun, Mexico
  3. Honolulu, Hawaii
  4. Las Vegas, Nevada
  5. Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
  6. Phoenix, AZ
  7. Tampa, Florida
  8. ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  9. Miami, Florida
  10. Montego Bay, Jamaica

For travelers looking to stay a little closer to home, road trips are still a popular choice. These are the top TripTik destinations in January.

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Las Vegas, Nevada
  3. Naples, Florida
  4. Phoenix, AZ
  5. San Diego, California
  6. Myrtle Beach, SC
  7. Tucson, AZ
  8. Sarasota, Florida
  9. Tampa, Florida
  10. Savannah, Georgia

Travelers who want to make the most of their warm-weather vacation need the right vacation-planning tools and should consider all COVID-19 safety guidelines. To find the best a destination has to offer when it comes to activities, attractions, accommodations and restaurants, check out AAA TourBooks and Diamond Appraisals.

Travel in 2022

“Plan, plan and plan some more,” Twidale added. “Traveling in 2022 is totally possible, but doing your research, working with a trusted travel agent and getting travel insurance are all essential. Book early as places are limited and prices are increasing.

Once the planning is done, keep these other tips in mind when going on a tropical vacation:

  • Purchase travel insurance to protect your investment, choosing insurance that covers trip interruptions and additional expenses associated with COVID-19.
  • Notify credit card providers of your travel details (specify location and duration) to reduce the risk of cards being frozen due to unusual activity.
  • Bring proof of vaccination. It’s also a good idea to take a photo using your phone of your vaccination card and other important documents (like your passport) as a backup.
  • All air passengers two years of age and older entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents) must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken no later than one day prior to departure or proof of recovery from the virus over the past 90 years. days.
  • Pack masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes (hand sanitizer wipes are a good alternative) and disposable gloves in your hand luggage.
  • For international flights, check with your airline for the documents required for your final destination.
  • Consider additional expenses associated with flight delays or cancellations that could extend your stay at a particular location.
  • For road trips, pack food, water, an emergency kit, and a blanket in case you get stuck.

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