2019 is shaping up to be a major year for the travel industry. Experts predict some of the biggest trends that will steer adventure seekers to destinations are the rise of the spontaneous traveler, scheduling trips during off-season and booking unique hotels with one-of-a-kind amenities.
While many U.S. travelers are saving up to travel to the most-visited destinations in the world, there are some who are also saving to experience major world events. Love Home Swap, a travel company inspired by the cult classic, "The Holiday," surveyed Americans to find out which events they're most excited for in 2019 -- and the answers may surprise you.
According to the data, 34 percent of survey respondents want to attend Oktoberfest in Munich this year. The Super Bowl in Atlanta (26 percent) and SOBE Food + Wine Fest in Miami (20 percent) followed as the second and third most-anticipated celebrations taking place in 2019. Wimbledon in London (18 percent), SXSW in Austin (16 percent) and Lollapalooza in Chicago (14 percent) closed out the top six global events Americans are most excited to attend.
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"Atlanta will see some of its coolest temps of the year in January, softening leisure travel demand, bringing pricing on things like flights and hotels down - and don’t forget this year’s Super Bowl destination!"
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"Interestingly, Palm Springs weather in January cools but remains pleasant enough to make Palm Springs a desirable leisure destination. An increase in flight options into PSP have brought prices into this small, regional airport down, making it an especially attractive snowbird destination."
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"The onset of winter and the post-holiday lull in business travel to a cooler destination like Boston means lower flight prices, like lower hotel prices, will exist."
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"Southern Florida becomes a desirable destination for snowbirds out of New York, feeding competition among airlines that service cities like Miami. Play between 3 airports – MIA, FLL and PBI – adds to the potential for cheaper flights."
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"January sees kids back in school, so family travel to Orlando slows, helping to create value opportunities around flights into MCO."
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Business travel slowly begins to pick up after the holiday lull into Toronto and combined with slower leisure traffic due to the cooler January temps, there is flight values into YYZ.
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"Cancun remains a desirable winter destination during winter’s cooler months, but it’ll see a post-Christmas/NYE rebound during the later winter weeks and months. The holiday bump in travel to Cancun slows in January which, with consistent flight competition, leads to airfare sales."
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Winter in China means prices out of the US will remain competitive, especially in January, when post-holiday international travel slows down. Travelers will see flight deals and, more prevalently, sales on air-inclusive packages, especially out of the West Coast.
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Plenty of flight options to Montego Bay out of a large East Coast cities like DC will lead to airfare sales, even during January, when DC weather chills and Jamaica weather remains in the 70s and 80s on average. Snowbirds will kick up demand as winter worsens in February and March, making January a potential bargain opportunity.
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"After the holidays, January falls smack in the middle of the slowest months for tourism in Paris, creating incentives for international carriers to provide lower fares. Flight and air-inclusive vacation packages will go on sale, making a legacy European city like Paris a potential bargain."
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Although these events are on Americans' travel bucket lists, only a staggering 45 percent plan to visit one of the destinations on their lists in the next five years. Many cite costs surrounding travel such as accommodations as the biggest deterrent.
Love Home Swap wants to change consumers' budget woes around travel. The booking company's platform gives members the opportunity to 'swap your home and travel (just about) anywhere in the world' at some of the most affordable prices. With many of the events right around the corner, the brand hopes to help you secure your accommodations as soon as possible.
For more information on how to book a Love Home Swap listing, click here.