Summer vacation: Here you can travel cheaper this year

Summer vacation: Here you can travel cheaper this year

Inexpensive summer vacation?  In Austria it is cheaper than last year.

Inexpensive summer vacation? In Austria it is cheaper than last year.
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Holidays will not be more expensive everywhere this year. According to a survey by the comparison portal Kayak, hotel rooms in summer in countries like Austria and Romania are cheaper this year than in 2021.

The costs for an overnight stay here have fallen by six and 16 percent. Hotel rooms in North Macedonia are also nine percent cheaper this year.

Overall, however, hotel room costs in Europe have risen by an average of eleven percent this year. Flights are also more expensive than last year.

For many, this year after lockdown and co., it’s finally summer vacation again. However, travel in the next few months could become more expensive than usual due to high demand and the inflation rate. However, there are also a few holiday destinations for German travelers that are even cheaper this year than in 2021.

The US comparison portal Kayak has compared the current costs for a summer hotel room in European countries with the prices of 2021 in the same period. It turned out that the costs for overnight stays in Romania have fallen by 16 percent. In North Macedonia, too, a hotel room is nine percent cheaper than in 2021 and thus goes against the trend. Austria could also be particularly interesting for German travelers. According to Kayak surveys, a hotel room in the neighboring country will cost an average of six percent less this year than in the summer of 2021.

Flights and hotel costs are rising

Overall, however, a different development is emerging. On average, the prices for a hotel room in Europe have risen by eleven percent. Popular travel destinations such as Spain (21 percent) and France (12 percent) are above average. Hotel rooms in Italy have increased only slightly, but are still more expensive. Compared to 2021, the costs here have increased by two percent.

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Air travel has also increased steadily in Europe since 2019. In 2020, they only increased by 0.4 percent compared to the previous year due to the corona pandemic. According to Kayak data, flights in Europe are on average 16 percent more expensive this year than in 2019. According to the comparison portal, the rising costs are due to rising fuel prices and high travel demand.

The long-haul flights looked different last year. In 2021, the prices for long flights were five percent cheaper on average than in 2019. According to Kayak, this has changed significantly this year. In 2022, long-haul flights will be eleven percent more expensive than before the pandemic.

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