The great outdoors surge for spring and summer

As US citizens look to turn their pent-up travel dreams into reality, combined with President Biden’s plan to get the nation back outside by July 4, guests are increasingly looking for ways to safely reunite and meaningfully connect with loved ones on Airbnb. With our recent report revealing new Hosts have earned $1 billion during the pandemic, and Hosts making on average $7,900 per year, the anticipated early summer surge is also a good opportunity to consider hosting.

When it comes to locations, warm weather locales, small beach towns, and access to state and national parks are fueling spring and summer wanderlust. From the soaring arches of Zion National Park to the historic Outer Banks town of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, US visitors are gravitating towards these top destinations this spring and summer, based on search data*.

1. Southern Maine

Beach Home w/ Exclusive Privacy in Southern Maine Photography credit: Rob Brown photography 
La Perla Cottage in Ogunquit, Maine Photography credit: Justin Levesque

2. Cape May, NJ

3. Round Top, TX 

4. Lake Powell, AZ 

5. Cape San Blas, FL 

6. Orderville, UT 

7. Mammoth Cave, KY 

8. Kitty Hawk, NC 

 9. Lake of the Ozarks, MO 

 10. Whitefish, MT 

Guests are also looking for nontraditional stays that offer plenty of privacy and outdoor space. According to a recent Airbnb survey**, 84 percent of respondents were open to exploring unique and remote lodgings for a future trip, with cabins, barns and treehouses ranking at the top of the list. Turns out those are also the types of spaces US guests are increasingly seeking and saving to wishlists in 2021:

  • Cabins are the #1 most wishlisted unique stay type in 2021 
  • 80% increase in treehouse views since March 2020
  • 63% increase in barn views since March 2020

Most wishlisted cabins in the US:

Oceanside A-Frame (Oceanside, OR)
Rustic A-Frame (Big Bear, CA)
Shenandoah Hideaway (Luray, VA)
Modern Upstate Cabin (Red Hook, NY)
A-Frame Mountain View Cabin (Flagstaff, AZ)

Searches for stays with outdoor spaces for families and intimate gatherings are also surging compared to last year, with the top three trending amenities being patios and balconies (35x growth); gardens or backyards (8x growth); and barbecue areas–quintessential for small July 4th gatherings–seeing 19x growth. 

Stays with barbecue areas:

Ahead of the anticipated travel rebound, prospective Hosts can learn more about how much they can earn by sharing their space on Airbnb with the What’s My Place Worth tool.

*Top destinations based on growth in searches for trips March-August 2021 vs. searches for trips in January-February 2021.

**Based on a sample of 2,000 US adults (18 years or older) was surveyed between February 19, 2021 and February 21, 2021. The margin of error is 2.2%. DKC Analytics conducted and analyzed this survey with a sample procured using the Pollfish survey delivery platform, which delivers online surveys globally through mobile apps and the mobile web along with the desktop web. Unless otherwise noted, all statistical information is from the DKC Analytics survey.

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