"It's pent-up demand," says George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com. "People saved up a lot of money over the past two years and can afford the price increases."
For many, the shift to remote work has also made travel more accessible. Yaslynn Rivera, a Los Angeles-based executive assistant at a video-streaming company, makes the most of working remotely by taking opportunities she would have otherwise been unable to pre-Covid.
"I have friends from childhood and college who live all over the country now," she said. "If I'm going somewhere, it's because I know someone there," she added, explaining her near-constant location changes. She stays with friends instead of booking hotel rooms and Airbnbs, and when she does book a room, she sticks to a tight budget.
"I don't mind being inconvenienced to have the experience," she says, citing motel rooms, red-eye flights and working from the road.
Though some travellers are in a position this summer to afford luxurious trips, travellers like Rivera make the most of the opportunities and connections they have, even if it means sacrificing convenience. If you work remotely and have a flexible schedule, trying Rivera's approach could be a good way to add more travel to your summer.