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With COVID-19 concerns still looming, Americans are changing the way they travel, or plan to travel in the future. People are skipping busy airports and train terminals in favor of road trips and camping experiences. Instead of crowded tourism destinations, they’re focusing on hidden gems and lesser-known locales. Even business travel and group conferences have transitioned to virtual formats. Countless hotels and resorts across the country have already begun implementing new sanitation protocols and increased safety precautions. But many travelers are opting for private home rentals in lieu of traditional hotel stays. In fact, despite travel advisories and say-at-home orders, Airbnb reported a surge in bookings this summer. Hosts in rural areas earned more than $200 million in June, indicating a staggering 25 percent increase compared to the previous year. And the trend is only expected to continue in the months to come.

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