If you think travel will return to normal this fall, think again. The craziness you saw this summer – high prices, overbooked hotels and long lines – could be here for a while.
“There’s still pent-up demand for travel,” says
How pent-up is the demand? New research suggests people are as enthusiastic as ever about travel, despite inflation, a weak economy and a lingering pandemic.
A recent survey on Americans’ travel intentions over winter and the early months of 2023 conducted by travel insurance company
“Americans are still eager to travel,” he added. “But they are being more cost-conscious and focused on getting the best value for their money.”
So how do you book a fall vacation?
Here’s what you need to know about the coming fall travel season, from when to book to where to go.
Don’t wait to book your fall trip
High prices, oversold flights and an unstable security situation kept many travelers on the sidelines this summer. They were hoping things would calm down this fall. So now what?
“I think if you wait until everything is quiet and calm, you’ll probably be waiting forever,” said
Is it worth waiting for the deals? Maybe, says
But it’s risky.
“Many domestic fares are more expensive than at any point we can remember,” Potter added. “So it might be time to think bigger and head somewhere abroad.”
But deals can be elusive. And remember, airlines are trying to make up for two lean years. If you find an inexpensive fare for a fall trip, don’t wait. Because chances are, there are thousands of other travelers thinking the same thing: If I can just wait a few more weeks, I’ll pay less. You might – or you might not.
Because it’s impossible to predict what will happen next, tourism insiders recommend that you book travel that gives you more options, just in case something goes wrong. “I’d encourage you to book flexible reservations wherever possible,” said
Pro tips for your fall vacation
If you see a deal, book now
“Don’t delay,” advised
Add a one-day cushion – just in case
If you’re taking a tour or cruising, you’ll want to borrow a page from your summer playbook.
Have a Plan B
The new COVID-19 subvariants could severely disrupt travel this fall, warned