Renexa, Kansas — Almost everything else, inflation is affecting the travel industry. From airfare to hotels and rental prices, Deahne Anderson with Seafire Travel Travelers say they can expect to pay 20-30% more for the same vacation.
With rising fuel costs, Anderson sees more families pivoting from expeditions to a single destination. Rising food costs are also impacting travelers’ overall spending. In addition, prices at all-inclusive resorts are rising.
Still, the family is not completely forgetting their vacation, but looking for another option. Two years after the COVID-19 pandemic, Anderson says the number of new clients ready to travel at her agency has increased by almost 40% compared to 2019.
This may be due to the two years of infection, as well as concerns that travelers are worried about navigating the ever-changing limits of COVID-19.
“We’re certainly seeing some sticker shocks, but that doesn’t discourage anyone from traveling,” Anderson said. “They are ready to escape, and if it costs more, it basically costs more.”
Just a month ago, due to pandemic restrictions, 76% of Americans didn’t want to travel abroad, Anderson said. However, that restriction was lifted on Sunday, making it easier to travel even when prices are rising.
“We are already seeing people who want to go abroad now that the requirements have dropped from the domestic trips they had already planned and booked,” Anderson said.
Charles Cleveland, three husbands and fathers, says he and his wife wanted to take their children to Disneyland, but instead opted in to cheaper destinations they could drive. ..
“You may have to fly and pay the rent in your hotel room. The price of the meal … everything has gone up, so to narrow it down, go to a place like Branson, a closer place. I want to. “Cleveland said. “I used to put $ 30 in a tank, but now I have to put $ 45-50.”
Meanwhile, Esmeralda Olmed has made a tough decision to postpone his family trip to California.
“We fly normally, but we were planning a road trip, so it will be canceled due to gas,” said Olmed.
According to Anderson, prices often change from hour to hour, so there is no technical “best time” to travel. However, here are some tips to consider when planning your vacation:
- Flexible response to location, travel date, and length of stay
- Choose historically cheap destinations like cities with ample flight routes like Mexico, Dominican Republic and Las Vegas
- Wait for the trip until the off-seasons such as May, September and October
Anderson recommends that you always book a flight with a long connection time when booking a flight.
“People hate long connection times, and I’m telling you to book with a connection of at least 3 hours here. If there are delays or cancellations, you may be able to take advantage of that connecting flight.” Anderson said.