We consulted an expert to find out what to expect out on the road this season. New survey data released by Vacasa vacation rentals show that nearly two-thirds of Americans (65%) are planning to travel this spring which is an increase from the 56% who traveled in 2022.
In fact, 79% of spring travelers are planning to travel more frequently this season than they did in 2022 with Gen Z and Millennials the most likely to say yes to a trip. On average, those with spring travel plans are expected to take approximately 7 trips throughout the season – most often going on a quick weekend trip, followed by long weekend trips.
If you are wondering where they are heading, 76% of those traveling are visiting a destination within the United States. Vacasa offers homes from the central coast of Oregon to Hilton Head, SC and Colorado Springs to San Diego, CA. 45% are going to an international destination, a significant increase from spring 2022, when only 18% of Americans said they had plans to travel internationally.
More than three-quarters of spring travelers are planning on traveling for an upcoming holiday with Easter being the most popular holiday trip, followed closely by Memorial Day. Waterfront destinations are the most common destination type that travelers plan to visit this spring, followed by urban/city destinations and attraction-based destinations such as Las Vegas and Disney World with Destin, FL being the most booked location this Spring.
Last Minute Travel is Out
60% of travelers say they have already booked their accommodations for all or some of their spring vacations, while 55% say the same of their transportation and 53% of their trip experiences, such as shows and restaurant reservations. Consumers who are taking multiple vacations this spring, including for Spring Break, are prioritizing booking their Spring Break travel ahead of their other trips.
New York State of Mind
For those who are planning on hitting the big apple for a city weekend getaway, one of these three spring packages just might be the ticket.
Gansevoort Meatpacking is the hotel that put the modern Meatpacking District on the map and they are celebrating the start of the spring season by offering 20% off all rooms and suites, a $25 credit to spend at the property’s European-inspired café, Coffee + Cocktails, and exclusive access to the property’s heated rooftop pool.
The hotel has a robust art program that includes works from Banksy, Richard Hambleton, Hassan Hajjaj – among others, and introduced an exclusive omakase experience on the roof in partnership with Kissaki with 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline called Saishin..
Each of the 186 rooms carefully balances design with technology, including The MIRROR interactive home gym and Google Nest Hub with Google Assistant for Hospitality. There is also a new underground experience with a basement bowling bar featuring a game room, karaoke – with private rooms for intimate experiences, as well as two bowling lanes.
The ‘Spring to It’ Package is bookable for stay dates March 20–April 30, 2023. Booking link here
The Walker Greenwich Village features architecture inspired by the Georgian revival towers of New York’s 1920s famed Fifth Avenue and rich romantic interiors, and the space is adorned with original artwork by emerging local artists and the sounds of local musicians.
Each of the hotel’s 113 lux accommodations features Art Deco lines, sleek furnishings and stylish amenities. Guests can enjoy breakfast, brunch and dinner offerings from on-site American bistro, Society Cafe, offering market-to-table cuisine and cocktails by Chef Nicholas McCann.
The property also offers a wide variety of on-site programming to keep travelers entertained such as a nightly transportative jazz experience featuring talent from The New School, a guide on how to navigate the city with NYC 101 classes, and a ‘Hidden Gems of Greenwich Village’ tour aimed to introduce guests to one of Manhattan’s most charming neighborhoods.
When you do decide to leave, visit nearby Chelsea Market, Washington Square Park, or go shopping in the West Village or SoHo.
Starting rate: $295/night. Booking link here
For those looking for something quintessentially NYC, boutique hotel Kixby is situated in Midtown Manhattan just steps from the city’s top attractions. Located in the historic neighborhood of Herald Square, the hotel calls on vintage influences and local flair.
The 195 rooms are comfortable yet furnished elegantly with custom-designed details, as well as guest-only amenities including access to The Lookup, a beautiful rooftop bar with views of the Empire State Building. Located on the ground floor, local favorite burger joint Black Tap, known for their crazy shakes, is another top dining and drinking option in the area.
Kixby’s ‘Spring Suite’ special includes a special 3-night weekend stay in a King Lux Suite, along with gourmet chocolates and a bottle of chilled Champagne. Guests will also receive their own Kixby tote bag with a copy of Susan Kaufman’s Walk With Me: New York, which is a stunning visual exploration through the iconic city.
Rates begin at $419, with availability from March 9th – April 16th, 2023. Booking link here