Minnesotans' pent-up demand to travel this summer runs headlong into higher costs

Minnesotans' pent-up demand to travel this summer runs headlong into higher costs

People with an overwhelming urge to bust out of their pandemic bubbles are driving a surge in demand to travel this summer. But they're facing major sticker shock. The average cost of a domestic airline ticket is up more than 30% compared to the same time in 2019, according to industry observers. Travelers also will pay more — sometimes a lot more — to rent a car, stay in a hotel or fill up their gas tank, making even road trips more expensive. Nevertheless, it appears many are undeterred, leading the travel industry to brace for a banner summer season that will resemble pre-pandemic times. "Record numbers are expected at parks, theme parks and airports," said Pauline Frommer, co-president of FrommerMedia and editorial director of Frommer's Guidebooks. "After being stuck …
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