Today we're excited to introduce the first edition of FlipKey Travel Insights, a series of data visualizations highlighting travel trends in popular destinations in the United States. We took a deep dive into millions of reservation requests and property listings from the past three years to uncover revealing information about travel to 25 of FlipKey travelers' favorite destinations. Travel Insights help us understand where real travelers go, when they travel, and how much they spend on their vacations. As summer travel season kicks into full gear, we present these insights as a helpful aid for planning your next trip.
Check out all 25 Travel Insights destinations here
"Travel Insights allows us to harness the data we have from our millions of travelers who have planned their vacations on FlipKey.com and utilize it to share useful tips and trends,” said Eric Horndahl, VP of Marketing. “Travelers planning their next vacation will have insider knowledge on when to go, where to stay, how far in advance to book and how much to pay for rental accommodations.”
We hope you'll check out the full data visualizations before you plan your next trip. Until then, here are ten travel tips to whet your appetite for vacation...
1. Cape Cod's short peak season means high demand in the summer months
Average price for a 4-bedroom rental is $310 a night in June, July, and August.
2. President's Day week is expensive in ski destinations
Colorado and Vermont rates soar by $70 per night above average during President's Day ski week. The last week of January and first week of February are the best weeks to save on ski lodging.
3. Visit Hawaii year-round
Hawaii is a romantic getaway destination where almost half the bookings are for couples. Thanks to its tropical climate, Hawaii's “peak season” lasts 12 months of the year - paradise indeed!
4. Plan ahead for the mountains or Disney
Planning time for peak season in Breckenridge, CO is 10-12 weeks, and Orlando travelers book their vacations 16 weeks in advance.
5. Orlando is a family vacation spot
50% of travelers come to the Disney area in family-sized groups of 4-6.
6. San Francisco Bay area has the highest average price per guest at $108 per night
Small parties and short stays are common in the Bay Area.
7. More than half of Texas Gulf Coast visitors head to South Padre Island
Galveston, Port Aransas, and Corpus Cristii are other popular Gulf Coast destinations.
8. Holiday Hideout in the Keys
The Florida Keys are most popular during the last two weeks of December. It's probably not a coincidence that Key West hosts a huge New Year's Eve party.
9. The Outer Banks has a "super" peak season
Starting in late June and lasting through early August, the average price in OBX is more than $400 per night.
10. Southern California and the California Desert have the highest year-round prices
50% of all reservation requests in these areas are made for properties that cost over $200 a night.
Enjoy these travel insights. We hope they will help you find the vacation home that perfectly fits your travel style.