TripSavvy Travel News New Booking.com Data Shows How Americans Traveled This Summer Spoiler: We stayed a lot closer to home By Patrice J. Williams Patrice J. Williams Instagram LinkedIn Temple University Patrice J. Williams is a travel and style content creator, fact-checker and author of the thrift shopping book Looking Fly on a Dime. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Published on 09/29/20 Share Pin Email Booking.com Summer tends to be a heavy travel season for most, but not surprisingly, 2020 was a big exception. New data from Booking.com reveals exactly how the global pandemic affected Americans' travel plans. During the summer months, June through August, Booking.com estimates 91 percent of the distance traveled by Americans was within the U.S—that’s more than double the percentage from the same time period last year. Meanwhile, the actual distance that Americans traveled saw an equally steep decline. In the summer of 2019, the average distance traveled was 1,042 miles. This summer? That distance was down by 51 percent, with the average trip covering just 513 miles. That’s the equivalent between New York City and Pittsburgh, Memphis and Chicago, or New Orleans and Dallas. “During these unprecedented times it's reassuring to see that while our plans and priorities may have changed, our passion for travel has not,” said Arjan Dijk, the senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the site. "The summer of 2020 proved that the happiness travel can bring is not simply measured in miles and that there are plenty of adventures to be explored and comfort to be found right next door.” As some international destinations have closed borders or require quarantine periods, these trips that are closer to home are right in line with the travel trends we’ve already seen, including a major increase in road trips. As far as where Americans traveled this summer, popular spots like Las Vegas and Myrtle Beach remained, well, popular, but there was also extra interest in seaside destinations like Wildwood, New Jersey; Ocean City, Maryland; and Wilmington, North Carolina. Travel accommodations have seen a slight shift as well. Resorts and motels were the top two and three choices, respectively. Any guesses what took the number one spot? Lodges. Though this type of sleeping arrangement only had 14 percent interest a year ago, this summer it was the top choice for American travelers who may have preferred a more quaint, secluded place to rest their head or maybe their favorite hotel has been one of the many hit with closures. Now, with experts predicting a possible second wave of the virus this fall and winter, it remains to be seen how holiday travel plans will change. Article Sources TripSavvy uses only high-quality, trusted sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial policy to learn more about how we keep our content accurate, reliable and trustworthy. The Lancet. "Beware of the Second Wave of COVID-19." April 8, 2020 Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Mindfulness About the Environmental Impact of Tourism Is Changing How We Travel The TSA Reports the First Weekly Decline in Air Travel Since April I Just Spent 4 Days in Barbados—Here's How the Country Is Keeping People Safe 10 Years of Travel: Where It’s Been, and Where It's Going The Rise of Adult Study Abroad: How Educational Travel Is Luring Remote Workers Travelers Are Itching to Get out There—and Are Planning Longer Trips Than Ever These Countries Are Inviting US Citizens to Live and Work Remotely Everyone's Going to Europe This Summer—But Here's How You Can Beat the Crowds Did Cruises Help to Push COVID-19 Numbers Overboard? Bike Travel Is Surging Around the World. Will It Last? Hospitality Design Is Having an 'Instagram Moment' Why Are So Many Hotels Opening Near National Parks? Falling in Love with U.S. Landscapes Again Why a Successful COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout May Mean Higher Airfares Travel Guide to Niagara Falls, Canada Should You Travel to Europe Right Now?