Jacksonville, FL — With the end of the school year only weeks away, WOKV's Consumer Warrior Clark Howard is breaking down what summer vacations might look like in the age of the coronavirus pandemic.
"People are going to want to get out and about. They've got itchy feet after being locked up, particularly if they have kids. They've been locked up for a long, long time with kids being at home," says Howard.
Howard says how people get away this summer is going to be very different.
He predicts we'll see a lot of people wanting to drive this year, instead of fly, with RV rentals particularly popular.
"I think we're gonna quickly hit maximum demand on RVs and there will be shortages of them as we go through the summer vacation season, because that's how people are going to feel comfortable going to get away," says Howard.
He says the low gas prices we’ve seen in recent weeks will also help boost the number of people wanting to hit the road.
Howard says he also expects people to choose to stay at an Airbnb instead of a traditional hotel.
"People are going to feel more comfortable renting somebody else's place for a week than they are staying in a hotel, where they don't know who has been there, and you have to pass other people and all that," says Howard.
Howard believes that there will be a strong comeback for Airbnb properties in the US in the latter half of May and through August.
In terms of destinations, Howard says he expects people to choose destinations that focus on nature, instead of big cities. He says this includes locations like national parks, state parks, beaches, mountains, and so on.