After months of cabin fever, people are beginning to venture out of their Covid-19 refuges and road-trip to nearby vacation rentals.
Airbnb said it’s experiencing a surge in bookings as customers emerge from hibernation and realize they can just as easily social distance in someone else’s home.
In fact, Airbnb said that it had more US bookings between May 17 and June 3 this year than the same time period a year earlier. This signals Americans are ready to travel… but only if they can drive there.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said he’s noticed travelers are sticking primarily to drivable domestic destinations within 200 miles of their home.
Chesky added that customers are generally booking for at least a week because of the shift to remote working. “Work from home is becoming work from any home,” he said.
Chesky said his main question now is whether the recent increase in bookings will turn into a sustainable trend. “The long-term question is what does it look like in a year or five years and that’s really anyone’s guess,” he said.