Even though beach vacations are typically associated with summer, this year Americans are planning to continue traveling to the beach into fall, as home rental company Vrbo shared with Travel + Leisure. Known as shoulder season or “second summer”, people are booking vacations later in this year. This comes as no surprise as more people are flying as counties are reopening their borders.
“This year, families have taken longer vacations to make up for lost time and because their work or school schedules have been more flexible. Having experienced the booking spree for vacation homes this summer, travelers may also be taking their beach or lake vacation later because they just couldn’t get the house or condo they wanted in July or August,” Melanie Fish, Vrbo’s travel expert, told the outlet.
Waiting until fall to travel has its perks like fewer crowds and lower prices, and the weather is still nice and warm without being too humid. Places like Hawaii, specifically Maui and Kauai, are in high demand. Other beach destinations in the Southeast like Outer Banks, North Carolina and Hilton Head, South Carolina are also seeing an increase in demand.
Because more people are taking advantage of fall beach trips, it means there’s less availability of homes, so if you’re interested in taking a vacation in the next few months, you should book it ASAP.