$1,000 For a Special Getaway

Stay up late to wait for the Roaming Gnome… like waiting for Santa.

A few weeks back, we taught readers about Travelocity’s ‘Toe-Dip-Trip’. If you need a recap on what that is, you can learn more here. Now that we’re all caught up on the term, perhaps you’re feeling eager to set sail on your own trip to test the waters. Well, how does $1000 to help you get started sound?

That’s right — Travelocity’s Roaming Gnome is giving out $1000 for a family getaway! As vaccine rollout ramps up in the U.S., Travelocity is seeing strong demand for spring and summer vacations. As a result, Travelocity’s ‘Early Bird’ sale is timed to launch on Daylight Savings (March 14) when clocks spring forward. This incredible opportunity is arriving just in time to give families a little help getting their plans together.

The extremely limited time offer is taking place on Travelocity’s Twitter during the lost hour when clocks spring forward. At 1:59 am CT – when clocks spring forward to 3:00 am CT – Travelocity will drop a 1-hour ‘Early Bird’ flash sale. The first 25 people to reply to Travelocity’s Tweet and creatively answer the travel prompt will claim a $1,000 vacation package voucher to book their upcoming family travel and vacations.

To give early bird bookers and families everywhere some travel inspiration, the brand has also compiled a list of the 5 most popular family vacation destinations reserved on Travelocity so far in 2021. Pair this with the list of Top Spots for Spring Break from Travelocity’s team of experts for “toe-dip” destinations, and the possibilities are endless!

  • Top 5 Most Popular Family Destinations:

1. The Ozarks: Branson, Fayetteville, Table Rock State Park

2. Southern California: Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego

3. Central Florida: Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista

4. Rocky Mountains: Colorado Springs, Denver, Rocky Mountains

5. South Texas: San Antonio, Galveston, Padre Island

  • Top Spots for Spring Break:

Tennessee is the top family-friendly destination so far in 2021 – Home to 4 destinations in the top 20 most reserved and most loved by families so far in 2021. 

Top TN Cities:

1. Pigeon Forge

2. Gatlinburg

3. Nashville

4. Chattanooga

Orlando and Vegas remain popular, even in pandemic times – Resorts in both locations are popular for families with extra amenities and safety built in, like free cancellations, giving travelers time to change their trips if they change their minds. 

In the West, families are road tripping for lake views and tiny mountain towns. Lake Tahoe, Big Bear Lake and Lake Havasu City are among the top road trip destinations, in addition to smaller ski towns with mountain views. 

Lake Destinations:

1. Lake Tahoe

2. Big Bear Lake

3. Lake Havasu City

Mountain Towns:

1. Blowing Rock, NC

2. Mammoth Lakes, CA

3. Glenwood Springs, CO

Midwest cities are popular for weekend getaways. Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis are seeing the greatest demand for weekend getaways and shorter stays (2-night stays or less). Kansas City, Lincoln, NE, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, and Columbus, OH are also in the top 25 most reserved by families.

Travelocity’s Top Travel Tips

1. Change your mind, change your trip.

Shop hotels with free cancellation and flights with free
change fees on any future travel. That will make it easy for you to alter plans if you need to. Many hotels are offering free cancellation up until the week of the reservation.

If you’re flying, consider skipping basic economy fares
which often don’t come with as much flexibility right now.

2. Prioritize what makes you feel safe when traveling in the short-term.

Enhanced cleanliness filters can help you sort for hotel,
VR and resort properties going above and beyond right now.

Look for 3 things in particular:

Additional safety measures (like PPE and temperature checks)

Social distancing (such as limited use of amenities such as pools and extra vacancy time between bookings)

Cleaning practices (including use of disinfectants and hand sanitizer for guests)

3. Pack and plan with pandemic prep in mind

Cover the basics by packing clean masks and sanitizer and do your prep by
familiarizing with local guidelines at destination and when you return home.