Study highlights top summer travel destinations

With nearly 80% of US travelers planning trips in 2022, personal finance website WalletHub has released its report on the best summer travel destinations of 2022, along with videos and expert commentary, for complete his studies on the best travel credit cards and exchange rates.

To help travelers plan the perfect summer getaway, WalletHub benchmarked 100 metropolitan areas across 43 key budget and usability metrics. The data set ranges from the cost of the cheapest flight to the number of attractions for COVID-19 cases.

To view the full report, visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-summer-travel-destinations/3792

The top 20 summer travel destinations include: Orlando, FL ranked first, followed by Washington, DC; Tampa, Florida; Austin, TX; Salt Lake City, Utah; Los Angeles, CA; Honolulu, HI; Minneapolis, MN; Cincinnati, Ohio; and San Antonio, TX rounding out the top 10.

The numbers ranked 11-20 were: Miami, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; Raleigh, North Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Oklahoma City, okay; Tulsa, okay; Knoxville, TN; San Diego, California; and St. Louis, MO.

The best against the worst

The average flight to a popular summer destination costs $356, takes 3 hours and 34 minutes, and has 0.3 connections.

The Los Angeles metro area is the most attractive destination on the west coast and the Washington, DC metro area is the most attractive destination on the east coast.

Florida and Texas are home to the most popular summer destinations in the United States, each with at least two metropolitan areas in the top 15. Opposite, New York and California have the most number of most unpopular summer destinations, each with two metropolitan areas.

The Wichita metro area has the lowest rate for a three-star hotel room, $36, which is 4.6 times cheaper than Santa Rosa, the highest metro area at $165.

Expert commentary

Q: What is your prediction for the 2022 summer season (percentage of Americans traveling; most popular destinations; busiest travel times)?

A: “For the peak of travel in the summer, I suspect 80-90% of U.S. households will travel. However, I suspect National Parks, National Forests, and State Parks will see another increase in visitation counts. given fuel prices, inflation and ongoing health concerns; the ‘staycation’ phenomenon spurred by the 2008-09 recession, combined with pandemic-driven trends to visit outdoor recreation areas, could combine for plenty of adventure recreation relatively close to home for many Americans.June-August is the normal high season with more travelers hitting the road or flying during the holidays (4th of July, Labor Day) I think a very popular destination this year will be the new national park, New River Gorge NP in southern West Virginia, as it offers activities for all ages and abilities and is less than 500 miles from 50% of the American population. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will also likely see millions of visitors this year.

Joshua Roe – Lecturer, Arizona State University

Do you think the federal government should prevent airlines from overbooking flights?

“Airlines will certainly continue to overbook flights as more people than ever cancel flights or change their plans at the last minute and at the end of the day the airline industry is a business. Government really shouldn’t s involved in blocking an airline’s choice to overbook; airlines are aware of their choices and are also aware of the consequences of their choices (travel vouchers and lower customer satisfaction).

Eve Marie Ruhlman MS – Instructor, California State University, East Bay

What are the costliest travel mistakes?

“I think the costliest travel mistake would be not to book in advance. The closer the time to travel, the more expensive the plane tickets and the more expensive the rooms become due to the increase demand and reduced supply.Also, traveling on weekends (Thursday-Saturday) when you have the option of traveling on weekdays (Sunday-Wednesday) can be more expensive, again times due to increased demand during weekends.Also, as has recently gone viral, booking an Airbnb for shorter stays can be as expensive, if not more, than booking a guest room. hotel due to the cleaning and other fees associated with an Airbnb that are not reflected in the price, so when choosing between an Airbnb and a hotel room, length of stay should be considered as well as the size of the Airbnb property booked versus hotel rooms.

Tarik Dogru, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Florida State University

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