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Should You Travel During the Holidays? Americans Struggle with Their Decision.

Christopher Elliott | Nov 8, 2021

More people are traveling during the holidays

Booking data for the holiday travel season suggest it could be busier than the last pre-pandemic year. 

That's particularly true of vacation rentals. Thanksgiving reservation volume is up by 302% compared with 2020 and 93% higher compared with  2019 volume, according to Guesty, a vacation rental platform. And Christmas reservation volume across the U.S. is up 469% compared with 2020, and is currently 157% higher than 2019 volume.

"This holiday season is likely to see a surge of demand and a lack of supply," says Jeff Galak, associate professor of marketing at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business.

He says many travelers find themselves in Jacobs' situation: They haven't seen family in a year or more – or they just want to get away. 

"The result is very high demand for travel," he adds.

In other words, if you're headed out there, prepare for crowds.

Ask these questions before making holiday travel plans

Do you have insurance? Here's the bottom line: If you're flying and staying in a hotel, you should definitely consider a reliable travel insurance policy that covers COVID-19. If you're driving and staying with family, you probably don't need a policy – but it's still worth looking into. "No matter where travelers go for the holidays, there is the existing threat of falling ill, getting injured, or needing to cancel or interrupt a trip without warning," says Jeremy Murchland, president of Seven Corners

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