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Families want a ‘Toe-Dip Trip’: Travelocity predicts new trend since Safecation

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Recent survey data shows 60% of travelers say they’re ready to roam again and are planning a post-pandemic trip within the next 9 months.

Travelocity has been keeping an eye on how families are thinking about travel throughout the pandemic. During the summer of last year, Travelocity ignited the space with their idea of a ‘Safecation’ and now are back with the latest trend, the ‘Toe-Dip Trip’. 

Recent survey data shows 60% of travelers say they’re ready to roam again and are planning a post-pandemic trip within the next 9 months. “We may be dreaming of that big bucket list trip, but what travelers are actually planning so far this year are visits to familiar destinations nearby, weekend getaways or road trips and beach trips,” says Melissa Dohmen, travel expert from Travelocity. 

Top spots for Spring break
Tennessee is the top family-friendly destination so far in 2021 - Home to 4 destinations in the top 20 most reserved and most loved by families so far in 2021. 

Top TN Cities: 
1. Pigeon Forge
2. Gatlinburg
3. Nashville
4. Chattanooga

Orlando and Vegas remain popular, even in pandemic times - Resorts in both locations are popular for families with extra amenities and safety built in, like free cancellations, giving travelers time to change their trips if they change their minds. 

In the West, families are road tripping for lake views and tiny mountain towns. Lake Tahoe, Big Bear Lake and Lake Havasu City are among the top road trip destinations, in addition to smaller ski towns with mountain views. 

Lake Destinations:
1. Lake Tahoe
2. Big Bear Lake
3. Lake Havasu City 

Mountain Towns: 
1. Blowing Rock, NC
2. Mammoth Lakes, CA
3. Glenwood Springs, CO

Midwest cities are popular for weekend getaways. Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis are seeing the greatest demand for weekend getaways and shorter stays (2-night stays or less). Kansas City, Lincoln, NE, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, and Columbus, OH are also in the top 25 most reserved by families. 

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