Memorial Day Weekend Kicks off Summer Travel Season

That’s right folks, we are halfway through the year 2022, and Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner.  This means only one thing, the start of the most anticipated busiest travel season is finally here! With travelers confident in seeing the world again, travel is predicted to skyrocket. Travel experts all agree that this summer is predicted to be the busiest travel season we have ever seen.

Jetting off to Europe

Back in business after nearly two years are numerous European destinations.  Making jetting off to Europe accessible and affordable. London is perhaps the most popular this year due to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Italy and France which have always been long-time favorites by American travelers will also see quite a bit of visitors. Other popular destinations seeing spikes of American travelers this summer include Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland.

Escape to the Caribbean

Caribbean summer travel for 2022 is also another popular choice this summer. The need for some consistent sun, white sand, and calming sea calls those of all ages. A vacation to an island escape can be anything you want it to be, from relaxing all day in the sun on the beach or actively exploring above and below the sea. The Caribbean is an easy choice for young families and young couples to choose where to go on vacation in part due to the many all-inclusive and adult-only resort options available. Each island has its own unique culture, music, and all-around laid-back vibe that makes an escape to the Caribean always a great choice. 

Exploring these United States 

Meanwhile if staying stateside this Memorial Day weekend as we unofficially kick off summer expect some extra traffic out on the roads. According to AAA, 92 million people are expected to hit the roads and travel more than fifty miles away from home between Thursday and Monday alone, up 8,3% compared to last year.  By summer, air travel domestically is predicted to increase 25% compared to last year.  One would think with the price of gas these days, there would be fewer people on the road and skies.  Turns out to not be the case. For now at least, even with the national average price of gas hitting a new high this week, people are willing to pay more at the pump for a quick weekend or summer getaway.  That’s a really good thing for our tourism and hospitality industries. This summer as many in the tourism biz would say, will be gangbusters, as people just want to finally get away.

Have you booked your summer travel?

You still have a little bit of time… do it now!