Booking data from Expedia indicates traveler confidence is rising.
In 2020, booking windows shortened considerably compared with 2019, as travelers waited to book until the last minute based on changing Covid-19 restrictions. While booking windows are still short compared with 2019, they continue to lengthen, which indicates travelers are solidifying summer plans, according to Anna Brown, public relations manager for Expedia U.S.
"Recent studies show that Americans are feeling pent-up vacation deprivation in a big way, and as vaccines continue to roll out and confidence in travel starts to return, the summer is shaping up to be a busy travel period," Brown said.
Brown was referencing Expedia's annual Vacation Deprivation study, which found that 36% of respondents planned to resume taking regular vacations this year and another 32% said they would take more vacations than usual to make up for 2020's lack of travel. The study also found respondents planned to take an average of 13 vacation days this year, up from eight in 2020.
Right now, Brown said, Expedia booking data indicates travelers are interested in trips to cities, warm weather or beach locations and locations where nature takes center stage.
The online travel agency has seen high demand in recent months for cities like Las Vegas, Orlando, Miami, New York and Los Angeles; beaches along both coasts; resorts in Mexico, the Caribbean, South Florida, Southern California and Hawaii; and outdoor destinations like national and state parks and mountain and lake destinations.