SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Hot Rate® Hotel data from Hotwire®, there are great deals to be had this season for summer travelers looking to get away. With the first week of September looking like the most affordable time to travel1, vacationers can take advantage of the three day weekend and plan some exciting Labor Day adventures. Whether you are craving a sunny escape or a wooded bungalow this summer, Hotwire's seasonal sales and special offers will make traveling an affordable option for anyone looking for a little R&R.
Read on for more insights in this issue of the Hotwire® Travel Inspiration Indicator, a quarterly guide for media that includes travel trends, deals, and inspiration for summer trip takers.
For summer 2017's Inspiration Indicator, Hotwire surveyed "travel-ready" Americans to get a sense for their travel inspiration over the next three months, and for the first time, are announcing a travel Inspiration Index. Of the people surveyed, 96% plan to go somewhere for fun in the next three months, and more than one fifth are ready and motivated to drop everything and take a spontaneous vacation. Plus, 9 out of 10 said the next three months are a great time to get away (89%), and that they already know where their next trip will take them. The vast majority (95%) agree that traveling is a great way to relax, rewind, and bond with friends and family. Plus, we heard a resounding "I need a vacation!"
As such, the Hotwire travel Inspiration Index2 for the summer months tops out at a whopping 84, with over half of our respondents (53%) scoring an 80 or higher.
If that doesn't leave you with a case of wanderlust, there's more. In the survey, 35% of respondents are inspired by seeing new places and experiencing new cultures, and 28% just want to unplug and unwind no matter where they are. Turns out you can have it all! Not only that, but these savvy travelers know there's great deals to be had if you know where to look (84%) and that technology makes it super easy to book travel (87%). However, among this "ready to go" group, 28% say that cost is a barrier to traveling more. And that's where Hotwire comes in. With everything you need to plan and book an amazing getaway from your computer or mobile device, Hotwire offers travelers great deals of up to 60% off hotels and cars everywhere from the top cities and tourist destinations to hidden gems that are a bit off the beaten path. Summer is here. Where are you going?
Best time to travel this summer3
Here are the best weeks to travel during the next three months for big savings, starting with the most affordable first.
Where to stay for under $75 a night3
High temperatures don't mean high prices. Actually, it's the opposite. If you can handle the heat, these toasty cities have extremely affordable Hot Rate hotel rooms for under $75 a night.
Did someone say summer road trip?4
While gas prices are still relatively low, it's the perfect time to take a road trip. Start or end the summer with an affordable car rental, pack some snacks and hit the road. These top destination cities offer Hot Rate® rental cars for under $25 a day.
For families looking to enjoy some quality time together, we recommend these five U.S. cities that offer a range of fun activities for everyone in the whole family. All five cities have especially low prices in the summer months, all with Hot Rate® hotels available for under $100.
Travel with Friends3
When it comes to great places for a getaway with friends, these five cities boast bars, sports, great restaurants and a bustling city life both day and night…as well as lower-than-usual prices on hotels during the summer months.
Best day to book Labor Day travel1
Be spontaneous and wait until the last minute, and trust us, your wallet will thank you! The best time to book Labor Day travel is just before the long weekend on September 1.
Most popular Labor Day destinations3
Warm weather, BBQs and the last few official days of summer all bring out the best in Labor Day celebrations. Here were the most popular Labor Day destinations in 2016.
Tips and tricks from Hotwire on how consumers can get the most value for their travel dollars
Hot tips on Car
Hot tips on Hotel
Hot tips on Air
More insights about U.S. travel this season
Here are some additional trends that will impact travel this summer:
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Anita Lavine, Porter Novelli for Hotwire
1Based on 3.5+ star Hot Rate hotel demand from Aug 1-Sept 3, 2017 for travel Sept 3-5, 2017
2Based on Hotwire survey data from May 2017
3Based on 3+ star Hot Rate hotel demand from July 2016 to September 2016
4Based on Hot Rate car demand from July 2016 to September 2016