STAMFORD, Conn., May 11, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Summer travel searches are on the rise, with searches up to 70 percent month over month (in the last seven days). As pent-up travel demand soars, KAYAK releases its’Back to the travel hacking guide focused on where to go as the restrictions ease. Whether you’ve been living the nomadic digital lifestyle for a year or it’s your first trip since the start of the pandemic, KAYAK’s 2021 Travel Hack Guide aims to help you navigate where to go, what’s open, and how. create that perfect out-of-office message for some well-deserved time.
However, planning your first trip in over a year can be stressful, which is why KAYAK has created a “Matchmaker Quiz” that matches you with a destination in this year’s Travel Hacker Guide based on factors such as number number of vacation days you have and the trip you have the most. disappointed to cancel in 2020. Travelers will be matched with destinations from one of three lists: top 10 destinations accepting vaccinated travelers (hello vaxication!), top 10 recommendations if traveling solo (we know some of you are out there) and the top 10 picks to finally take that group trip that has been delayed for over a year.
In addition, travel conditions are constantly changing (hint: recent reopening news is leading to searches for destinations in Europe rise and demand lead to major spikes in rental car prices). To help travelers keep their pulse on this, the guide also includes destinations that show signs of emerging interest, where to travel for an offer, and prices for hotel stays and rental cars.
âOver the past few days we have seen a sharp increase in searches and rental car prices compared to 2019, especially in outdoor locations like Florida, Alaska, Montana, and Hawaii,” mentionned Matt Clarke, Vice President of Marketing for North America at KAYAK. “If you are considering one of these destinations for your next trip, we recommend that you reserve your rental car about two months in advance before prices start to increase.”
The highlights of this year’s guide are as follows:
- the Caribbean calls all Vaxicationers. Looking at the last 7 days, the Caribbean is showing strong signs of recovery with interest in travel research down just 16% from 2019, likely due to the easing of restrictions for vaccinated U.S. travelers announced earlier than in most countries. In fact, of the 10 most popular destinations for American tourists, five are in the Caribbean including Cancun, Punta cana, Montego Bay, Aruba and the Bahamas.
- Lone travelers head south. Despite the pandemic, interest in solo travel is still at the forefront for many with 68% of solo travel searches in the first three months of 2021, especially for South America. This is likely due to the easing of restrictions and to wallet-friendly airline ticket prices, which have fallen by 14% in the past 7 days (4.27 to 5.3) compared to the same period in 2019 – the cheapest of all regions. Cartagena, Lima and Medellin in particular, attract the highest number of solo travelers with at least 80% of searches for single-person flights to all three cities.
- Group travel is booming. Whether it’s your group of best friends or a family of 3+, groups get together in sunny, sandy, warm places, not to mention plenty of outdoor activities. Las Vegas, Orlando and Honolulu are among the most popular destinations for groups of three or more.
- Americans are eager to travel abroad. Recent news that vaccinated American tourists will likely be able to visit the EU this summer has led to an increase in travel searches on KAYAK, indicating that Americans are eager to see borders reopen and travel overseas. Even before the news, some European destinations were starting to appear, European destinations that saw the largest month-over-month search spike for anytime travel include Dubrovnik (searches up 205%), Zurich (research up 167%), Prague (research up to 144%) and Reykjavik (research up 143%).
- KAYAK has partnered with Veritas to provide frictionless access to in-home COVID-19 test kits for international travelers at preferential prices.
The company also updated its out of office generator to let you get up from the couch and go into vacation mode. Simply enter responses such as why you are traveling, your cocktail of choice, and how often you will be checking your emails (i.e. are you completely offline and worshiping or checking in every now and then? ) And KAYAK will automatically generate a funny response out of the office. to match the mood of your next trip.
For a full list of destinations in this year’s Return to Travel Hack Guide, check out the guide here: https://www.kayak.com/travelhacker.
KAYAK, part of Booking Holdings (NASDAQ: BKNG), is the world’s leading travel search engine. With billions of queries on our platforms, we help people find the perfect flight, vacation, rental car, cruise or vacation package. We are also transforming the travel experience with our app and new accommodation software. For more information visit www.KAYAK.com.
Methodology of the Travel Hacker guide
For all data taken from THG, the methodology can be found here.
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