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Freedom to Travel This Summer Will Come at a Hefty Price

People are eager to take off. But staffing and tourism infrastructure problems mean it won’t be much of a holiday for many.

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Illustration: Jordan Speer for Bloomberg Businessweek

If you’re one of the 73% of Americans planning to travel this summer, brace yourself for a turbulent trip. Almost all facets of the industry—from airlines to rental cars, cruises to hotels—are facing global service disruptions, a result of the same supply chain and labor shortage issues upending all businesses. There are also price spikes aplenty and some record demand crunches, because so many people are desperately eager to be on the move after two years of pandemic confinement.

There’s good news, to be sure. Borders have largely reopened around the world, with Covid-19 restrictions dropping by the day. And travelers are still reaping the benefits of remote work. According to a report from Deloitte, 1 in 5 of them plan to take their longest-ever trip this summer, albeit with a laptop in tow.