Charleston Ranks Among Top 15 Summer Travel Destinations, Study Finds

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Give the Holy City another honor: New research indicates that Charleston is maintaining its position as the top choice for summer tourists.

The study, published by WalletHub, ranked Charleston 12th among summer travelers. Despite rising gasoline prices that analysts say could reach a national average of $5 a gallon in the coming weeks, nearly 80% of Americans are planning trips this year.

“As many states in the United States and countries have dropped vaccine requirements and eased COVID-19 restrictions, travel will go ‘crazy’ this summer,” said Techas Tech Assistant Professor Jing Li. .

WalletHub’s Best Summer Travel Destinations 2022 Study says the Charleston-North Charleston metropolitan area has a lot to attract travelers.

It ranked factors such as number of attractions, cheapest flights and weather to come up with the top 100 destinations. For the Charleston-North Charleston area, the study listed the following rankings, first as “best” and 50 as “average”:

  • 16th – Local costs
  • 21st – Number of rides
  • 37th – Duration of the cheapest flight
  • 12th – Three star hotel cost
  • 3rd – Weather
  • 14th – Activities
  • 37th – Security
  • 47th – Average daily cases of COVID-19 over the past week per capita

If you’re planning to travel, analysts say you should avoid the mistakes that could cost you the most

“I think the most expensive travel mistake would be not booking ahead,” said Tarik Dogru, an assistant professor at Florida State University. “The nearer the time to travel, the more expensive the airfare and the more expensive the rooms become due to the increase in demand and the reduction in supply. Also, traveling during weekends , Thursday to Saturday, while the ability to travel on weekdays, Sunday to Wednesday, can be more expensive, again due to increased demand during weekends.

Dogru said booking an Airbnb for shorter stays can be as expensive, if not more, than booking a hotel room. This, Dogru said, is due to cleaning and other fees not reflected in the price.

Orlando came in first place in the study, along with Washington DC, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Austin and Salt Lake City round out the top five.

South Carolina’s capital, Columbia, came in at 23rd place, while Greenville came in at 51st.

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