The Hidden Costs of Traveling To Hawaii and Other Popular Destinations During COVID-19

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With 38% of the U.S. population identifying as fully vaccinated and COVID-19 restrictions relaxing, people are looking to travel. But hidden costs are lurking.

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“Summer travel is definitely back in a big way this year,” said Bruce Rosenberg, president of the Americas, HotelPlanner. “However, with the increase in demand, there are often hidden fees or unforeseen travel costs. So make sure the all-in price fits your budget. For example, the nationwide car rental shortage is

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TN Smokies towns ranked among most popular 2020 travel spots


Two towns in the Smoky Mountains were named “trending destinations” in 2020.

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Two of the trendiest U.S. travel destinations are nestled near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a new report finds.

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in Tennessee ranked among the places that saw positive traveler ratings go up the most in 2020, Tripadvisor said Tuesday in a news release.

While some of the data was collected before the coronavirus pandemic, the tourism website said travelers showed increased interest in venturing to outdoor places following the introduction of coronavirus-related restrictions.

As COVID-19 continues its spread, health

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