As Americans return to travel, Airbnb is reporting an uptick in bookings compared with the same period last year.
The home-sharing platform commissioned a survey in which the majority of respondents reported interest in driving trips within a 200-mile range from home.
Here are the top 10 trending destinations among Airbnb users, including three in Florida, and two each in California and South Carolina.
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As coronavirus-related restrictions lift in phases around the country, many Americans are eyeing a return to travel after the industry had all but completely shuttered.
Airbnb is among the companies seeing a significant return to business. And that makes sense, given that doctors and experts regard renting private homes as a low-risk proposition for disease transmission, especially when compared to hotels.
In fact, Airbnb revealed new data that shows from May 17 to June 6, 2020 — yes, during the scourge of the pandemic — there were more nights booked for travel to Airbnb listings in the US than during the same time period in 2019.
The platform’s so-called Superhosts have particularly benefitted from this surge, claiming 55 percent of the nights booked in the same period, representing a 10-point bounce over last year.
The data comes from a survey commissioned by Airbnb among 2,200 adults in the US, and nearly half of respondents said they will prefer to stay within a day’s drive for their first trip after lockdown lifts. Indeed, since the outbreak of the pandemic, the percentage of bookings made on Airbnb within 200 miles has grown from one-third of all bookings (in February) to over half (in May), according to the report.
Consider that’s a trip a traveler can make on a single tank of gas at a time when many find their budgets strapped.
The new data also shows the places where Americans are most interested in booking, as Airbnb also released the top 10 trending locations in the US right now as follows:
Below, we detail these popular destinations among Airbnb users, as well as our top pick to book in each region, selected based on our own criteria that included top-rated, well-located, and well-reviewed listings offered by Superhosts, with near-perfect 5.0 ratings from reviewers.
We also identified current COVID-19 cleaning policies for each property.
Airbnb currently offers a few different options for hosts, in accordance with their new multi-tier Enhanced Cleaning Initiative. Announced in April, the new program overhauls host cleaning protocols and promises to make participating listings easily searchable and transparent for concerned travelers.
The platform expects that searchable feature to roll out this month, which will identify which listings participate in the rigorous new sanitization procedures and booking buffer windows intended to space out stays for added safety.
And this matters to prospective guests: 60 percent of US survey respondents said they are more likely than before the pandemic to choose accommodation based on confidence in cleanliness.
These are the top 10 trending destinations on Airbnb in the US right now.Big Bear Lake, CA
It’s perhaps not surprising that Big Bear Lake tops Airbnb’s list, given its proximity to the sprawl of Los Angeles, where the shelter-in-place orders started early and lasted long.
For a completely different experience under 100 miles from the downtown LA skyline, get away to the Owl’s Nest. The two-bedroom A-frame property spans just 700 square feet for a cozy cabin experience near the lake, village, zoo, and golf course.
An abundance of windows allows for forest views from every room. Inside, there’s a wood-burning fireplace and flatscreen smart TV. A master bedroom features a Queen-sized bed with a new luxury mattress. The cabin’s loft can be accessed via a ladder in the main room and features another Queen-sized bed with a new luxury mattress as well. Outside, the private back deck has a six-person hot tub.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: No specific cleaning procedures are noted yet, but the property is newly renovated, and it holds a 4.9 cleanliness score across 295 reviews.
Miramar City Beach, FL
It’s easy to see why Miramar Beach is a popular domestic travel destination, given beaches in the area are consistently ranked among the world’s best. And this two-bedroom, two-bath condo is a great place for a family intent on soaking up tons of beach time.
The listing is located within the family beach resort Maravilla, and offers plenty of resort-style perks including free beach service, a private, gated beach reserved only for guests, and two pools on property.
The host here also provides extras like beach towels, a rolling cooler, beach toys, floaties, boogie boards, and more. If you plan to stay awhile, you’ll also make use of a washer and dryer, TV with streaming, and lots of other family comforts.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: No specific cleaning procedures are noted yet, but the property holds 4.9 cleanliness rating across 66 reviews.
Panama City Beach, FL
Enjoy a hotel feel in Panama City Beach with this newly remodeled one-bedroom condo. It sleeps seven, with a King-sized bed as well as bunk beds and a new pullout sofa and chair. Located in the Wyndham Emerald Beach Resort on the 19th floor, the views are also quite excellent. Plus, the Airbnb is centrally located within walking distance to attractions and restaurants.
There’s a fully stocked gourmet kitchen, wireless internet, and a new 55-inch TV set up for streaming. There’s also a washer and dryer for the convenience of home.
Given the resort setting, you’ll have access to multiple pools and hot tubs, which are heated year-round. There are also two poolside bars, a skywalk bar, and a gym.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: No specific cleaning procedures are noted yet, but the property holds a 4.7 cleanliness score; 10 recent guests reported the listing was sparkling clean.
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