Highlight fall travel trends for how and where Americans will spend

The Labor Day holiday weekend is just a few weeks away to kick off America’s fall travel season. While it’s been a crazy summer for travel, with much of the world open after two years of Covid-related restrictions, Americans’ hunger for vacations has yet to be satiated.

According to Tripadvisor’s 2022 Fall Travel Index – based on the platform’s first-party search data, combined with fair consumer sentiment data – 61 percent of US respondents are planning a trip this fall, if slightly different than they thought.

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The demand for travel will not decrease

According to the index, 37 percent of Americans want to travel this fall as originally planned, despite inflation challenges. Globally, 34 percent also indicated an intention to travel as planned between September and November, despite steadily rising costs.

Even in the face of record inflation rates, crazy gas prices and the continued presence of COVID-19, global consumers show no signs that demand for travel (especially Americans) will slow down anytime soon.

The pent-up demand is prompting Americans to cut back on other expenses to ensure they can take their fall vacations. In fact, half of Americans (50 percent) plan to travel more this fall and two-thirds (66 percent) plan to spend more than they did during the same period last year.

The journey may look a little different

While fall trips are still in the books, the cost of living crisis is affecting Americans’ choices. Nearly half (45 percent) of US travelers said that ‘price’ influenced their chosen travel dates and two-thirds (66 percent) considered ‘cost/deal’ a key criterion in their travel planning process.

So, although skyrocketing costs won’t stop Americans from traveling this fall, many have had to adjust their plans a bit. Thirty-five percent of respondents said they would likely take short-haul trips, while nearly a quarter (24 percent) indicated they would likely choose a destination closer to home than originally planned.

Family celebrating USA national holiday with outdoor picnic.
Family celebrating USA national holiday with outdoor picnic. (Photo via iStock/Getty Images/fstop123)

Domestic versus international trips

Whether due to the high cost of travel or other factors, domestic trips remain the preferred form of travel for Americans for the upcoming season, as is the trend worldwide. TripAdvisor found that 81 percent of U.S. and 60 percent of global travelers are choosing domestic vacations this fall.

However, an encouraging trend has also been seen in long-distance air travel. More than 40 percent of Americans surveyed plan to travel more than seven hours, and nearly half (49 percent) will travel by air.

Compared to the 2021 Fall Travel Index survey, which found that 68 percent of U.S. travelers were sticking with staycation-style escapes accessible by car or train, this year’s study clearly shows that Americans are ready to take major trips.

Additionally, more than half of Americans (56 percent) are planning a fall trip of at least four nights, while a third (33 percent) are planning a getaway of five nights or longer. TripAdvisor also notes that the Labor Day holiday weekend period is set to be the most popular time of the season for travel.

Mother and children relaxing in the car during a road trip
Mother and children on a road trip vacation. (Photo via monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Top 10 US Travel Destinations This Fall:

The Vegas, Nevada

New York, New York

Orlando, Florida

Honolulu, Hawaii

Lahaina, Hawaii

Key West, Florida

Nashville, Tennessee

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

New Orleans, Louisiana

Miami Beach, Florida

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