At Out Travel the System, we’re here to serve as your trusted travel companion. That’s why – if you have your heart set on a Labor Day travel getaway – we’re advising you to get moving on your plans now. (We also have lots of inspiration for other future travel planning in our other episodes, so make sure you check them out!)
Demand is in the stratosphere after such an extended period without travel, so we want to help guide your research. Thanks to Expedia‘s deep foundation of data, host Nisreene Atassi guides you through tips and tricks for different destinations and getting the timing just right for Labor Day travel.
This episode dips into the demand for city destinations in the U.S., so make sure you check out our Only in Chicago episode here.
Our Only in Austin episode is coming soon!
Don’t Leave Labor Day Travels Last Minute
Nisreene Atassi: All right, folks, it’s time to get those last popsicles out of the freezer and start thinking about where you’re going to store your inflatable swim floaties. Labor Day is on the horizon and we are here to make sure you get the most out of it. I’m Nisreene Atassi with a special mini- episode of Out Travel the System.
Nisreene Atassi: Summer might be wrapping up, but the opportunities to travel never really end. We want to take the opportunity to loop you into some Labor Day travel secrets so you have a seamless experience as we transition into fall. Once again, we’ve combed through all of Expedia’s deep foundation of data to pull out some amazing insights for you. We’re basing these insights on 2019, which was our last ‘normal’ year of travel before the pandemic. We’ve also started to take a look at what we’re seeing for booking trends this year as well.
Nisreene Atassi: Historically, we can see people typically decide to travel for Labor Day at the last minute. In 2019, half of the accommodation bookings for Labor Day weekend were actually made seven days or less in advance. However, given what we already know about the strong desire to travel this year, people should not count on being able to find places to stay, flights, or rental cars at the last minute for Labor Day this year. This is especially true of destinations that are already trending earlier than they did two years ago.
Nisreene Atassi: So here’s a quick rundown of what to expect. People are still looking for some sun, sand and surf. In Mexico we’re seeing strong demand for places like Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is also on the rise.
Nisreene Atassi: In terms of the U.S., cities are continuing to be a big focus, with demand being high for Vegas, Chicago, Houston, Austin, Charlotte and Charleston. Two of those cities are included in our ‘Only In’ series on this season of Out Travel the System, so we’ll make sure to point towards those in the show notes in case those cities are on your travel list.
Nisreene Atassi: Finally, travelers are continuing to explore the great outdoors domestically, heading to the beach and other nature oriented destinations. Bookings are up for Oahu, Lake Tahoe, Santa Barbara, Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park and Laughlin, Nevada. If we look back again at two years ago, we saw huge popularity for two night stays in places like Vegas, LA, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Atlanta, New York, Miami, Orange County and DC. So if any of those are on your radar for this year you might want to take a look into booking now, before those getaways get snapped up. I know personally, I just booked a trip to San Diego at the end of August and it was really tough to find availability, so make sure that if those places are on your radar for this year that you start planning and booking ahead.
Nisreene Atassi: There’s a lot to be said as well for a short staycation for a little bit of rest and relaxation before the fall gets into full swing. For those of you who are looking to do just a quick long weekend, remember our tips from Fourth of July still stand here, so try and avoid some of the busiest days. For example, most people are likely going to be heading out on the Friday to get a head start on the long weekend. Consider moving your trip up and starting one day earlier, so heading out on a Thursday instead of a Friday. Additionally, instead of coming back on a Monday consider perhaps coming back on a Tuesday, just so that you can sort of beat the crowds a little bit and it won’t be as crazy.
Nisreene Atassi: That’s our quick roundup, designed to give you a head start on locking down your Labor Day plans. Here at Out Travel the System we’re happy to serve as your trusted travel companion. Here’s to being ready and set to go. Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend, and happy travels.