Pent-Up Demand—Plus Vaccines—Has Created a Frenzy to Book Vacations

Many Washingtoners seem to have their sights set on Hawaii this summer.

Tropical islands of the USA

“This summer we book the most Hawaii“Says Alisa Cohen, founder of the Luxe Traveler Club in DC. “Because [people] don’t go to Europe, Hawaii feels exotic. “Demand has increased prices:” I wanted to book a trip to Hawaii for my family and the airfare doubled in two weeks. “

Others choose that US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Cohen says because, like in Hawaii, Americans don’t need to show a negative Covid test to return home, as they currently do for international travel.

Westward Ho

Cohen also sees great interest in going west this summer: “Wyoming, Montana, Utah, anything that feels remote, but with built-in activity – hiking or mountain biking or white water rafting. “Some customers saddle up on dude ranches; others rent RVs to tour national parks.

East Coast Road Trips

For those who don’t want to fly, Cohen recommends a road trip through New England or down along the Blue Ridge Mountains. The good news, she says, is that there is good hotel availability if you are flexible.

Destination Deals

While beach houses and socially remote getaways are in demand, urban areas include inclusive Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Richmond are where the deals are. “Cities were hardest hit,” says Cohen. “We see a lot of incentives, such as the third night free and credits for food. I think new York will be big this summer. Everyone misses New York. “

Cohen suggests checking out those too Caribbean and Mexico for summer bargains because it’s not their high season.

Villas and private bubbles

Cohen says there is a lot of demand for private home rentals right now, and not just for social distancing reasons: “People who haven’t seen their parents, grandparents, cousins, or sisters say, ‘Let’s get a house and get together. ‘”

She says this is a popular idea for Christmas week. But she also books five to ten bedroom villas in places like Tuscany For next year, as Europe may not be open to Americans this year: “It seems crazy to book a villa in Tuscany now in 2022. But all the people that couldn’t be refunded [last year] It’s crazy how early everything is booked. “


Sherri Dalphonse joined Washingtonian in 1986. She is the editor of consumer topics such as travel, fitness, health, finance, and beauty, and editor of cover stories such as Great Places to Work, Best of Washington, Day Trips, Hidden Gems, Top Doctors, and Big Small Towns. She lives in DC.

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