New Study Ranks Charleston Among Top 15 Summer Destinations | 103.5 WEZL

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Give the Holy City another honor: New research says Charleston maintains its position as the first choice for summer tourists.

The study, published by WalletHubranked Charleston as 12th place among summer travellers. Despite rising gasoline prices, almost 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. .

by WalletHub The best summer travel destinations of 2022 the study indicates that Charleston-North Charleston the metropolitan area has plenty 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 plan to travel, analysts say you should avoid 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 a 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, with Washington DC, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Austin and Salt Lake City completing the top five.

The capital of South Carolina, Colombiacame in 23rd place, while Greenville came in 51st place.

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