OP travel concierge sees uptick in travelers despite rising vacation prices caused by inflation
Inflation is affecting the travel industry. Travelers can expect to pay up to 30% more for the same vacation, according to Deahne Anderson.
Anderson is seeing more families shift from road trips to single destinations because of the increase in fuel costs. Travelers are spending less money due to the rise in food costs. All-inclusive resorts are going up in prices.
Families are still looking for alternatives, not forgoing their vacation entirely. Anderson says the number of new clients that are ready to travel at her agency is up by 40% compared to 2019.
It may be due to travelers being worried about navigating the ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions that are ever-changing, as well as being cooped up for two years.
“We are definitely seeing sticker shock, but it is not discouraging anyone from traveling,” Anderson said. If it costs more, then they are ready to leave.
Anderson says that a month ago, 75% of Americans did not want to travel outside of the US. Even though prices are rising, the restriction on travel was lifted on Sunday.
Anderson said that they are already seeing people who are wanting to pivot from domestic trips to international ones now that the requirement has been dropped.
Charles Cleveland, a husband and father of three, says that he and his wife wanted to take the kids to Disneyland, but instead chose to drive to a cheaper destination.
Cleveland said, “We like to go to places that are closer to us, because everything has gone up, so to narrow it down.” When you used to put 30 dollars into your tank, now you have to put 45 to 50 in there.
The family trip to California was postponed by Olmedo.
We were going to take a road trip, but we weren’t flying. Olmedo said that it is getting canceled because of gas.
Anderson says that there is not a best time to travel as prices can change by the hour. Here are a few things to consider when planning a vacation.
- Be flexible with the location, travel dates and length of stay
- Choose historically cheaper destinations like Mexico, the Dominican Republic and cities with ample flight routes like Las Vegas
- Wait until the off-season like May, September and October for travel
Anderson says to always book flights that have long connection times.
Please book at least with three-hour connection because people hate long connection times. Anderson said that you have a chance of getting that connecting flight if there is a delay or cancellation.Tags: airfare, all-inclusive packages, alternatives, couples, COVID-19, families, family trips, Kansas City, Kansas City News, Seaphire Travel