The Rise in Pre-Booking Travel Means it Might Be Harder to Get Away This Summer

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We’ve all been there – a few Zoom calls and rounds of banana bread in – we wonder what else life has to offer. This spring and summer are looking to be packed with flexcation and revenge travel as both AirBnb and Vrbo report that they are overloaded with reservations.

I had a moment of Chicago fatigue when I recently tried to book a Midwest weekend away and then realized there’s not a lot of beautiful places nearby to go to in the Midwest when it’s colder out. I just wanted a spa and pool and maybe a cabin in the woods. All I could find were cabins without plumbing on AirBnB – so I changed my options.

I’m not alone. According to, search escapism is at an all-time high with the majority (95%) of travelers spent time looking for vacation inspiration, with over a third (38%) looking at potential travel destinations as often as once a week.

Luckily, with the vaccine rollout, people now have the opportunity to feel safer when they travel and also more comfortable flying on a plane instead of a nearby road trip. Though, road trips will definitely still be a top option this summer.

Vrbo president Jeff Hurst in an interview with CNN Business shared that there’s a rise in people booking vacations and also booking significantly farther in advance.

The most sought-after places are southern Maine, the Jersey Shore, the suburbs of Austin, northern Arizona and South Florida beaches, according to Airbnb. 

In hotspot summer vacation areas like Nantucket, several agents say anecdotally that summer rents are up about 15% compared with pre-pandemic levels according to CNBC.

The flight to get away is getting fierce. As more and more people want to get away this summer, booking ahead might be a good option.

Amanda Whitfield
Amanda Whitfield

Amanda Whitfield is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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