Welcome to 2013! We’re looking forward to a year of great vacations filled with new experiences, relaxing amenities, and memories that will last a lifetime. To get ready for the new year here at FlipKey, we’ve gathered insight from 2012, and we’re making a resolution to provide helpful tips to travelers looking to book a trip in 2013. Here’s a look at some trends that we expect to continue over the next twelve months.
1. Vacation Rentals Will Continue to Provide High Quality Accommodations
We broke down the reviews on FlipKey and learned that a majority of properties earn four and five star reviews. In fact, 80% of properties earn an average rating of four stars and higher. In 2013 we plan to continue helping travelers find the best rentals in the world.
2. Vacation Rentals Will Offer all the Comforts of Home… And Then Some
The top amenities offered by vacation rentals are the conveniences that make a vacation as comfortable and easy as life at home. In 2013, we expect to see WiFi continue to climb the ladder as a must-have amenity.
3. More International Travelers Will Choose FlipKey Rentals
Travelers from 225 countries searched FlipKey for rentals in 2012, with many visitors reaching FlipKey from London, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne.
4. Urban Destinations Will Increase in Popularity
While traditional vacation destinations like Florida remained at the top of the charts in 2012, we are seeing a trend toward more travelers requesting stays in big cities. Last year, urban centers accounted for seven of the top 10 most requested destinations.
5. Large Groups Will Continue Traveling to Traditional Vacation Hotspots
While cities are on the rise, these destinations are largely requested by parties of two. For large groups of ten or more, nothing beats a vacation house in a more remote locale.