Ahead of the July 4th weekend, Outdoorsy, a global RV rental and outdoor travel marketplace, revealed holiday RV renter travel trends.
Outdoorsy said the company has not seen any slowdown in traveling this year despite inflation. The group’s latest survey showed consumers are still planning to travel, but they are simply staying closer to home. In addition, 80% of July 4th bookings are from first-time RV renters.
The organization reported that the average length for July 4th trips is 6.75 days. RVs are prime travel accommodations for families: 30% of people who are looking to travel with Outdoorsy during the 4th of July holiday are traveling with children, Outdoorsy said.
The report also found:
- Nearcations are the new normal, with two-thirds (23%) of renters not traveling farther than 100 miles to the vehicle location.
- People are booking trips further out. Book to depart window for July 4th this year is 93 days, compared with 87 last year and 77 in 2020.
- Millennial travelers are leading the category. 30% of bookings 35-44 age range. Followed by 20% in the 45-54 group and 16% in the 25-34 group.
- Average nightly rate for July 4th trips – $245 (fees and insurance included). Compare this to an average hotel nightly cost of $393.90 in April (Source: Bloomberg).
- Most affordable regions for trips: Midwest ($1,222) and Southeast ($1,341).
Many travelers like to plan their July 4th trips around favorite destinations. The top three are Denver, Seattle and Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.