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2024 Summer Travel Intel: Possibly Increased Crowds and More Spendy Stays

There's a lot going on this summer; a bit of careful planning can help you avoid a crowded, expensive vacation.

Planning your summer vacation for 2024? It’s time to make some memories but, with so many of us traveling, it could be a pricey season. We travelers are gearing up for some fantastic destinations and events this summer, but be prepared to navigate through higher costs and crowded hotspots. Here is what we are seeing:

This summer, travel expenses are mixed across the board. Domestic round-trip airfares have decreased slightly to an average of $325, while international flight prices vary significantly depending on the destination. For example, flights to Europe are down by 12%, making it a bit more affordable, but flights to South America and Canada have seen slight increases​ (Hotel News Resource)​​ (TravelMag)​.

Hotel rates within the US have dipped by 7%, averaging $304 per night, offering a bit of relief. However, international hotel prices have risen by 2%. Car rentals have also become more expensive, with domestic rates increasing by 10% to $113 per day​ (AOL.com)​. Japan is a historical value, which is also making it highly in demand.

Summer 2024 is packed with major events that are driving up travel costs. The Paris Olympics, Taylor Swift’s European tour, UEFA Euro 2024 in Germany, and the Tour de France are some of the big-ticket events making cities like Paris, Dublin, and London exceptionally busy and pricey​ (TravelMag)​​ (AOL.com)​. If you’re planning to visit these cities, you may want to be booking well in advance or planning your trip around these events to avoid the peak prices and crowds.

Strategic Travel Planning

Booking early and being flexible with your travel dates are key strategies to manage costs. Think about purchasing airfare two to three months ahead for domestic flights and even earlier for international travel. If you’re planning last minute, consider traveling in late August or early September for better rates. Midweek flights and avoiding major holidays can also help you save money​. Google flights is a good way to price shop. (Hotel News Resource)​​ (TravelMag)​.

Alternative Destinations and Timing

For a more relaxed and cost-effective vacation, consider exploring less popular destinations or visiting high-demand locations during off-peak times. This can offer a more enjoyable experience without breaking the bank. Also, be aware of local holidays that might affect your plans, especially in Europe where many businesses close in August​ (AOL.com)​. Lake Como is amazing, but so are a number of other lake spots nearby.

Final Thoughts

Summer 2024 promises all the usual challenges and delights for us travelers. With strategic planning and a bit of flexibility, let’s enjoy some adventures without overspending. Stay informed about travel trends and be prepared to adjust your plans to make the most of your summer vacation.

For more detailed information and tips, you can check out the full articles from the sources: Traveling Today Magazine and Hotel News Resource.

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David Stewart
David is the founder and face of AGEIST. He is an expert on, and a passionate champion of the emerging global over-50 lifestyle. A dynamic speaker, he is available for panels, keynotes and informational talks at david@agei.st.


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