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Summer vacation rental bookings on the rise, according to HomeToGo

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World’s largest vacation rental search engine sees 30% annual boost in early bookings for summer travel.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. – HomeToGo released its 2021 Summer Travel Forecast, revealing the summer travel trends that are starting to heat up and the exotic destinations travelers are searching to cure their wanderlust. Based on an analysis of HomeToGo’s internal data, the study also unveils interesting booking patterns as well as the most popular summer travel spots for both luxury and budget travelers, both of which are showing a strong preference for domestic getaways.

“Although the travel landscape is drastically different this year, travelers are longing for a change in scenery and looking to outdoor destinations to enjoy the warmer months ahead,” said Caroline Burns, Head of PR and Travel Expert at HomeToGo. “We’re already seeing an upward trend in summer bookings in the U.S., especially in areas along the East Coast that offer quiet escapes from their nearby city counterparts. While travelers are primarily staying stateside, they’re still dreaming of faraway future jaunts to places like Aruba, Bali and Tulum.”

Key findings from HomeToGo’s 2021 Summer Travel Forecast include:

  • Early Planning: Bookings for vacation rentals this summer in the U.S. are already up by +27% YoY.
  • Travelers are Staying Stateside: 86% of summer travel searches are for domestic destinations (+15% YoY), with searches for spots on the East Coast seeing the biggest lift (+95% YoY).
  • Rural Reigns over Urban: Only 12% of searches are for urban destinations (-35% YoY).
  • Longer Road Trips: Travelers are willing to go the extra distance and searching for vacation rentals within 397 miles (+32% YoY) from home.
  • Entire Properties Preferred Over Shared Spaces: Cabins, cottages and detached homes are the most popular accommodations option (bookings up +35% YoY).

This Summer’s Top Trending Destinations
HomeToGo’s study shows that most travelers in the U.S. are currently searching for domestic getaways, such as escapes to sunny Florida beaches and secluded Idaho cabins. While many are opting to travel within the U.S., according to HomeToGo’s search data, travelers are also beginning to dream about international destinations like Bali and the Maldives:

Destination

Country

YoY Increase in Searches

Average Length of Stay

Median Price Per Night

1.       Aruba

Aruba

5,854.8%

9.5 nights

$274.80

2.       Gulf Coast

United States

4,407.9%

7.1 nights

$417.60

3.       Tulum

Mexico

1,959.1%

8.2 nights

$164.40

4.       Reunion, FL

United States

1,465.9%

5.9 nights

$416.40

5.       Bali

Indonesia

1,145.5%

20.7 nights

$163.20

6.       North Captiva Island, FL

United States

1,140.0%

8.4 nights

$548.40

7.       Lido Key, FL

United States

952.6%

11.1 nights

$267.60

8.       Maldives

Maldives

820.0%

7.7 nights

$378.00

9.       St. Thomas

U.S. Virgin Islands

767.2%

10.3 nights

$369.60

10.   Priest Lake, ID

United States

560.6%

6.1 nights

$344.40

10 Most Luxurious Summer Destinations in the U.S.
From the playground for New York’s elite to a laid-back beach town in South Carolina, HomeToGo took a look at the 2,000 most-searched destinations to reveal the places travelers are eyeing for more extravagant getaways this summer:

Destination

State

Median Price Per Night

1.       The Hamptons

New York

$1,066.80

2.       Nantucket

Massachusetts

$1,038.00

3.       Montauk

New York

$957.60

4.       Seaside

Florida

$780.00

5.       Avalon

New Jersey

$726.00

6.       Corolla (Outer Banks)

North Carolina

$657.60

7.       Martha's Vineyard

Massachusetts

$652.80

8.       Isle Of Palms

South Carolina

$638.40

9.       Beach Haven

New Jersey

$614.40

10.   Chatham

Massachusetts

$574.80

10 Most Affordable Destinations in the U.S.
With the summer season being a popular, and therefore expensive, time to book vacations, HomeToGo’s research shares which destinations travelers are considering for budget friendly trips:

Destination

State

Median Price Per Night

1.       Orlando

Florida

$201.60

2.       Upper Peninsula

Michigan

$222.00

3.       New York City

New York

$234.00

4.       Fort Myers Beach

Florida

$261.60

5.       Honolulu

Hawaii

$272.40

6.       Sanibel Island

Florida

$304.80

7.       Siesta Key

Florida

$309.60

8.       Miami

Florida

$316.80

9.       Lake of the Ozarks

Missouri

$333.60

10.   Glacier National Park

Montana

$334.80

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