Even before the summer travel season comes to an end, officially at the end of August or the first week of September, as per the country concerned, travellers are already busy planning their trips during the Fall vacations as a new study shows that online searches for fall travel are up by 40 pc over last year.
According to online travel agent, Expedia, travellers from the United States are increasingly setting their sights on international destinations like Barbados, Ho Chi Minh City, London and Munich, which have seen triple-digit increases in interest for fall travel.
With flight prices likely to drop after the busy summer travel season, Expedia says it offers tips to help travellers stretch their dollars even further this fall. The study found that average domestic ticket prices will be around 45 pc cheaper during the week of September 26.
The report showed that interest was growing for large cities in the USA. For instance, New York City saw a 75 pc increase in online searches, Seattle 55 pc, Washington DC 45 pc, San Francisco 35 pc and Boston 30 pc.
“Fall is right around the corner, and while many are looking forward to breaking out their favourite boots and pumpkin bread recipes, autumn also means big travel savings,” says Expedia spokesperson Christie Hudson.
The OTA says that as per its data, booking international flights for the week of October 10 may be a good option for travellers as the fares are projected to be 20 pc lower than during summer. The data also revealed that departing on a Tuesday or Wednesday instead of a Monday will save travellers money.
“Many destinations are more affordable than they have been in months, making it the perfect time to have an authentic Oktoberfest experience in Munich or swap out the faux foliage for the real deal in New England,” Hudson continued.
Travellers still want warm-weather vacations this fall, as beach destinations have also rebounded online. Barbados saw an astounding 3,360 pc increase in interest, while Orlando jumped 60 pc, Punta Cana climbed 40 pc and Fort Lauderdale grew 25 pc, says Expedia.