Summer is definitely in and American tourists are gearing up for what should be a price-friendly travel season. While the past few summers have been expensive travel seasons, this year is shaping up to be quite cheap and conducive to budget shoppers in every price range. Whether you’re interested in staying in the contiguous United States or planning a European vacation, there are options available for everyone.
Incredible Bargains Abound
According to a report from Hopper, a handy app that allows consumers to make travel plans based on accurate price predictions, this summer’s peak prices will be 5.7 percent lower than last year’s. But where exactly are prices decreasing and which destinations will afford travelers the most bang for their buck?
“Utah, home to stunning national parks, great hiking and camping, may top the list for inexpensive domestic airline fares this summer,” writes Mia Taylor of Mainstreet.com. “Hopper says ticket prices to the state were down 21.3% when compared with last March.” Other cheap travel destinations will include Las Vegas, Orlando, Denver, and Memphis.
According to trends, many people are opting for shorter vacations, but packing those vacations with exclusive opportunities and experiences. For example, someone may only stay two days in South California (as opposed to five), but they’ll use their time wisely by enjoying the weekend Hard Summer music festival, bringing along the best apparel for the event.
Europe as a Feasible Option
It’s been years since Europe has actually been a price-friendly destination for American travelers. After all, it was only last year that an American traveler would have to fork over $1.38 for a single euro. Now that the dollar has strengthened, the two currencies are nearly equal. In essence, Europe is somewhere between 20 and 25 percent cheaper for Americans once they land.
However, flights to Europe are up slightly. The year-over-year increase from the U.S. to Europe is somewhere around 7 percent, on average. With that being said, most American travelers heading to Europe will be doing the exact opposite of their peers staying in the states. Instead of taking shorter trips, they’ll be vacationing far longer.
However, according to Taylor, there are flight bargains to be found. She attributes this to “the substantial drop in the price of oil, competition among airlines and airlines making more profits in recent years, giving them the ability to lower fares confidently.” In order to find these low fares, though, you may have to wait until right before your travel dates to secure a flight.
Some of the cheapest European travel destinations this summer will include Prague, Istanbul, Lisbon, Krakow, Barcelona, and Amsterdam. However, major destinations like Paris, Barcelona, London, and Rome are still fairly budget-friendly, relatively speaking.
Plan Your Summer 2015 Travels Today
If you’re looking to satisfy your wanderlust, this summer may be your best (or at least cheapest) opportunity to do so. Regardless of whether you want to stay in the United States or travel to Europe, there are deals to be had on airfare, hotels, and more. As Taylor writes, “This summer is shaping up to be a bargain.”