Published On: Mon, Dec 19th, 2016

Three Out of Four Americans Will Travel This Holiday Season

When the holidays approach, some families make vacation plans. To be more specific, the bulk of travel is to and from relatives between Christmas and New Year’s. But some people also take their annual vacation over the holidays, taking advantage of warmer climates during the height of the winter cold. Indeed, according to the most recent Orbitz Insider Index, at least three out of every four Americans will travel this holiday season.

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The Best Time for Holiday Traveling

The survey conducted by Orbitz covered the period from Thanksgiving through to just after New Year’s Day 2017. It found that 72 percent of those responding had some kind of travel plans for the season. Orbitz found that New York topped the list of ‘go-to’ destinations for the holidays but in a close second were a number of warm climates. Many have already made plans but others are still searching for cheap flights and hotels at comparison sites such as Traveloka. This is especially true for those looking to travel abroad to some tropical destinations.

Why the Big Apple Comes as No Surprise – Especially This Year

Every year there are millions of visitors to the Big Apple over the holidays, many of which stay around to watch the ball drop at the stroke of midnight, ushering in the New Year. But this year, there is the expectation that an even greater than average crowd will hit New York City due to the results of this year’s presidential elections. Though Donald Trump is seen as a polarizing figure, it is still expected that Trump Tower in Manhattan will see tens of thousands of customers over the holidays. Some are thought to be hoping to catch a glimpse of the President-elect or his family going in and out of their New York suite.

Last Minute Bookings Are Not Unexpected

Although approximately half of those booking travel arrangements were found to book early, the remaining 50 percent book just prior to their travel dates. There are a number of reasons why this happens but typically it is because of previous scheduling issues. Last minute bookings are not rare but travelers need to remember that at this time of year, bookings can be sparse and with plenty of competition. This could prove costly for those looking for last-minute flights and accommodations during the height of the winter tourist season.

This year, three-quarters of the population of the United States will take to the road or the sky at some point during the holidays, for domestic as well as international destinations. Those planning to travel are encouraged to keep a mobile app open so that they can be informed as new deals are listed. To borrow a phrase from the world of real estate, “Time is of the essence.”

If a deal pops up, grab it as soon as you can!

Author: Lolita Di

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