After snowstorms and freezing temperatures have pummeled cities across the United States this winter, the long-awaited arrival of spring is nearly within reach. Tripadvisor recently released its seasonal Spring Index, using a combination of search and sentiment data to reveal what – and where – is hot this spring.
After a slower winter with new variants curbing manyplans, is in full bloom this spring.
Despite the rising cost of fuel and inflation overall, people aren’t willing to let this hamper their springplans. In fact, over half of (53%) are planning on this spring (March 1 – May 31, 2022), with over a third (39%) planning on taking two or more . This is up significantly from the just over a third (35%) of who reported this winter (December 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022).
On top of more travelers, travelers are also planning to splash more cash. Ofwho last spring and plan to do so again, over half (51%) plan to spend more than they did in 2021, including nearly a quarter (23%) planning to spend “significantly more.” In fact, Tripadvisor site data shows that the average spend per booking for U.S. travelers this spring is up a massive 87% year-over-year (YOY).
Tripadvisor search data shows that the most populardates for this spring are March 31, March 11, and March 12, respectively, meaning busier skies and roads are right around the corner!
Where are they headed?
Although domesticis still most common for , as 77% say they’ll within the U.S. between March and May this year, interest in internationally is bouncing back in a big way. Nearly a quarter of (23%) plan to internationally this spring. In fact, seven of the top 10 fastest growing destinations this spring (based on places with the greatest YOY growth) are outside the U.S. It’s the iconic European cities Paris, London and Rome that make up the top three trending destinations for this spring.
In the U.S., destinations in Hawaii are seeing the greatest growth YOY, likely a result of the state recently relaxing itsrestrictions. As for what may welcome the most visitors overall, it’s Orlando, Florida as the most popular for U.S. travelers this spring. Orlando is a perennial popular spring for families on . Meanwhile our southern neighbor, Cancun, Mexico is the most popular are planning to visit this spring.
Tripadvisor’s 10 Most Popular Spring Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Honolulu, Hawaii.Destinations include Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Cancun, Mexico; Key West, Florida; Miami , Florida; City, ; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; , ;
Meanwhile, the 10 Fastest-Growing Spring Wailea, Hawaii; Barcelona, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Venice, Italy.Destinations (based on YOY growth) are Honolulu, Hawaii; Paris, France; Lahaina, Hawaii; London, United Kingdom; Rome, Italy;
Unsurprisingly, given the toll of the pandemic on us over the past two years,cited rest and relaxation as the most popular purpose for their this spring (51%). This is followed closely by escaping day-to-day life (49%) and visiting family and friends (44%).
Nearly half (45%) ofsaid that they’re looking to experience something new and unique on their next trip. The top five trending experiences categories are booking for spring 2022 include a mix of cultural activities and : 4WD, ATV & Tours, Day , Cultural Tours, Snorkeling, and Wine Tasting & Winery Tours.
Highly rated experiences in these categories available to book on Tripadvisor this spring include*:
- Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas – top-rated 4WD, ATV & Tour
- Miami to Key West Day Trip with Optional Activities – top rated Day Trip
- Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour – top-rated Cultural Tour
- Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise from Waikiki – top-rated Snorkeling
- 5 Hour Traverse City Wine Tour: 4 Wineries on Old Mission Peninsula – top rated Wine Tasting & Winery Tour
The top three searched andamenities in accommodations this spring include pool, bar/lounge, and restaurant. Meanwhile, road remain the most popular trip type this spring (44%), followed by (39%), and shopping (30%).