Here's Where Airbnb Travelers Are Headed for Labor Day Weekend

Travelers looking to get away are favoring mid-sized cities like Kansas City, Mo., Philadelphia, Pa., and Anchorage, Alaska, the company shared with T+L.

Labor Day holiday travelers are taking advantage of WFH and celebrating the unofficial end of summer with extended stays, according to data from Airbnb shared with Travel + Leisure.

Trips booked for the holiday weekend are seven nights or longer, according to the homeshare company, which aligns with overall trends for the year. In fact, three and four-day weekend trips were up 70% in 2021 for April through June, compared to the same time period in 2019.

"With summer winding down and seasons beginning to change, [guests are] now looking to connect in large-to-mid-sized cities for longer stays," according to the company. "With the remote work trend continuing into fall, so does the increase in trips extending beyond just a weekend."

Travelers looking to get away are favoring mid-sized cities like Kansas City, Mo., Philadelphia, Pa., and Anchorage, Alaska (which happens to be the least crowded city in America), according to Airbnb. The top international destination for the Labor Day holiday weekend was Mexico City, while those looking for an island trip were booking in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised to its highest "Level 4" travel advisory.

Travelers who fly into the U.S. from an international destination are required to get tested within three days of boarding a flight, but those coming from U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico, are exempt.

Airbnb said the interest in cities extends beyond summer and into the fall. In total, 60% of long term stays (trips 28 nights or longer) are being booked in cities.

But some of the most wish-listed stays happen to be in areas with unmatched fall foliage and plenty of outdoor space to spread out like a log cabin in Indiana, a magical tree house on a private pond in North Carolina, or a tiny house with a roof deck and fire pit in Tennessee.

When it comes to traveling for the Labor Day weekend, the CDC is warning unvaccinated Americans to avoid going on trips, and recommending vaccinated Americans consider the current risk of transmission before hitting the road.

Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

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