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Data Shows Surge in Fall Travel Demand

As the summer months come to an end and fall approaches, travel demands continue to rise

By Amanda Christensen

According to a report with data from Expedia, Vrbo, and, the high-level travel demands seen over this summer are expected to continue rising as the cooler fall months approach. According to Expedia, flight searches for trips this fall are up 15% and hotel searches increased by 20% since last fall.

Busy line at airport baggage claim. August 29, 2023
Busy airport baggage claim || Courtesy of Adobe Stock

If you’re looking to host a budget-friendly event this fall and are searching for affordable ticket prices for attendees, the report named a few cities to look at traveling to where average ticket prices for domestic flights are down 20% or more. These cities include Juneau, Alaska; Seattle, Washington; Denver, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; and Los Angeles, California. The report also notes that, for traveling this fall, booking flights 30 days in advance is the sweet spot for good deals.

Fall color in Juneau, Alaska. August 29, 2023
Fall color in Juneau, Alaska || Courtesy of Adobe Stock

Moreover, Expedia notes Savannah, Georgia; Yellowstone National Park; Seattle, Washington; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Boston, Massachusetts, are the fastest-growing destinations for this fall based on Expedia flight searches. And if you’re looking for a beach haven to host an event in warmer weather, Vrbo recommends traveling during the fall shoulder season to these destinations to save an average of 25% or more on Vrbo rentals: Outer Banks, North Carolina; South Padre Island, Texas; Gulf Shores, Alabama; Miramar and Rosemary Beach, Florida; and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Aerial view of Outer Banks, North Carolina. August 29, 2023
Aerial view of Outer Banks, North Carolina || Courtesy of Adobe Stock

And for those wanting to experience all that a true fall destination has to offer, from cooler temperatures to the changing colors of tree leaves, Vrbo’s trending destinations for this fall include Gaitlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Asheville, North Carolina; Bar Harbor, Maine; Cape May, New Jersey; Hamptons, New York; Blue Ridge, Georgia; Fort Collins, Colorado; White Mountains, New Hampshire; and Poconos, Pennsylvania.