While it might seem like there’s not much happening in the way of travel of late, recent Tripadvisor site data shows that globally, domestic travel for the fall season (September 1 – November 30, 2020) continues to gradually recover, with nearly two-thirds (65%) of all travellers planning domestic fall getaways. This platform released their Seasonal Index of travel trends, showing what’s on the rise for the autumn season.
It provides insight into where Americans are traveling this autumn as tourism markets continue their path to recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, what’s hot?
TripAdvisor Travel Trends for Fall 2020
1. Key Largo, Florida as a Destination
This is leading year-over-year recovery in the U.S. this fall. The Sunshine State is home to several destinations that are recovering the quickest. This info comes from a rise this season based on searches for hotel bookings.
2. Less City Breaks
Domestic travellers are more keen to visit beach destinations, and are less interested in central city getaways. While Florida and Arizona have always been popular destinations, there’s even more travellers planning to visit this fall.
3. Shorter Getaways
Travellers are looking for short getaways with 55% of fall travellers booking two to five night stays, and 36% booking short one-night stays.
4. Outdoor Activities
Hiking is recovering faster than any other amenities offered by hotels across the world year on year. People are looking for the best options to keep active any enjoy their trip.
5. ‘Homey’ Accomodation
While hotels make up the majority of interest due to size, Bed & Breakfasts have shown continuously stronger recovery year-over-year. Quaint, romantic and charming hotel properties are on the up in the U.S.
6. A Focus on Safety
Across the globe, safety remains critical. Sixty-eight% of global travellers say safety and cleanliness of establishments are important when traveling locally.
7. Last-Minute Travel
With so much uncertainty, people are booking trips closer to the travel date. Fall travellers are booking more near-term trips, often less than a week in advance.