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Americans Are Planning Fall Travel Despite Higher Costs Ahead

Inflation and aggravation may be strong, but wanderlust is stronger.

Tourists at a cliff in Sintra, Portugal. 

Tourists at a cliff in Sintra, Portugal. 

Photographer: Horacio Villalobos/Corbis News

Financial worries may have bumped the pandemic as a top concern for travelers, but close to two-thirds of Americans still plan to hop on at least one overnight leisure trip in the upcoming three months—which include the holiday season. Of those travelers, nearly half are planning to visit friends and relatives. 

“Despite the challenges facing our industry, the outlook for fall looks stable,” said Erin Francis-Cummings, chief executive officer of Destination Analysts, in a live streamed presentation of the latest quarterly State of the American Traveler report released on Tuesday. The pre-holiday report and survey spans data collected from July through most of September.