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Travel agencies note surge in travelers despite inflation

LENEXA, Kan. — Like everything else, inflation affects the tourism industry. From airfares to hotels to rental prices, Dean Anderson s Sifir Travel says travelers can expect to pay 20-30% more for the same holiday.

Anderson sees rising fuel costs driving more families away from car trips to single destinations. Rising food prices are also affecting the overall spending of travelers. In addition, prices for all-inclusive resorts are rising.

However, families are looking for alternative options without giving up vacation altogether. Anderson says that after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of new clients willing to travel with her agency is up nearly 40% compared to 2019.

In addition to being locked up for two years, this could be because travelers are worried about how to navigate the ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions.

“We’re definitely seeing some post-it shock, but that’s not stopping anyone from traveling,” Anderson said. “They’re ready to leave, and if it costs more, then it’s basically going to cost more.”

Anderson says that just a month ago, 76% of Americans were reluctant to travel internationally due to pandemic-related restrictions. But that restriction was lifted on Sunday, making it easier to travel even as prices rise.

“We are already seeing people who want to move from domestic travel, which they have already planned and booked, to international travel now that demand has decreased,” Anderson said.

Charles Cleveland, a husband and father of three, says he and his wife wanted to take the kids to Disneyland but instead opted for a cheaper place where they could go.

“Flight boarding, hotel rooms, we might have to rent accommodation, food prices… Everything has gone up, so to narrow things down, we like to go to places like Branson, places that are closer.” – Cleveland. said. “If you used to put $30 in the tank, now you have to put $45 to $50 in it.”

Meanwhile, Esmeralda Olmedo has made the difficult decision to postpone her family trip to California.

“Usually we fly, but we planned to go on a trip. So, you know, it was canceled because of the gas,” Olmedo said.

Anderson says there is technically no “best time” to travel, as prices often change every hour. However, here are some tips to keep in mind when planning your vacation:

  • Be flexible with location, travel dates and length of stay
  • Choose historically cheaper destinations such as Mexico City, the Dominican Republic, and cities with wide flight routes such as Las Vegas.
  • Wait until the off-season such as May, September and October for travel.

Anderson says a good rule of thumb to follow when booking flights is to always book flights with long connection times.

“People hate long connection times and I’m here to say please book with at least a three hour connection. If there is a delay or cancellation, you have a chance to get on a connecting flight,” Anderson said.

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