A summer holiday in Europe isn’t anything revelatory. But after taking a multi-year hiatus due to do Covid, people are overwhelmingly excited to get back to their favorite sun-splashed European destinations and discover new ones. Almost 50 percent of Scott Dunn’s summer bookings are for Europe. Virtuoso data reveals that Europe swept the top ten for where U.S. travelers are going this summer—with Greece, Italy, France and Spain nabbing the top spots. KAYAK data supports that trend. Palma de Mallorca, for example, saw a 77 percent increase in search share (that means it’s best to book your room at Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden sooner rather than later). While Greece currently accounts for 20 percent of all Scott Dunn summer bookings.
8. OR, SAYING ALOHA TO HAWAII
Hawaii continued to be a coveted destination throughout the pandemic. But since the notoriously strict entry requirements were lifted this month, interest in the Aloha State has skyrocketed. Expedia saw a nearly 30 percent increase in searches for summer trips to Hawaii’s major tourism hubs such as Oahu and Maui since the announcement was made on March 1. If you’re worried about paying a steep price for paradise, don’t be. There are still some pretty sweet deals to be had if you book just before or after peak season. Maybe that means considering a late May or early September trip?
9. AND CITIES ARE BACK, TOO
Big cities took a huge hit during the pandemic. With the success of vaccine rollouts and people becoming less wary of Covid, the excitement surrounding dining, nightlife and attractions is soaring yet again. Demand on Expedia indicates travelers are ready to head back to bustling urban areas like New York City, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, Nashville and Chicago. The best part? You can score some pretty awesome hotel deals during the summertime. You can snag a room at the Walker Hotel Tribeca for just $229. Rates starting at $375 for the five-star Viceroy Chicago in the Gold Coast is a major vacation victory.