With nearly 100 days between President’s Day and Memorial Day weekend, Americans are entering the longest stretch of the U.S. calendar without a federally sanctioned day off. This 3-day weekend drought leaves people parched for a getaway. New search data from Hotels.com shows a new trip type quenches our thirst this spring: Thirst Trips or short weekend stays that satisfy our desire for a day off by the pool.

“We’ve hit a point in the year when there’s no 3-day weekend on the office calendar, so many Americans have sort of conditioned themselves to hold out on making travel plans until Memorial Day weekend,” said Melanie Fish, head of Expedia Group brands public relations in a news release. “The trend is not waiting more than a quarter of the year to vacation. People are creating their drought-breaking mini-vacations.”

Searches Soar While Travelers Plunge
Hotels.com is predicting that shorter, more frequent 2–3-day trips will gain popularity throughout the spring and summer. The majority of reservations on its mobile lodging app currently occur within a week or less of travel, and searches for long weekends are surging.

  • Americans’ vacation interests steadily increase after the start of the year. Searches on the travel brand’s site and app increase 10% month-over-month from January through April 1, during the height of the travel holiday drought.
  • Google search trends confirm the trend, which shows that interest in “weekend getaways” over the past two years hit their high point during the first few weeks of March 20222.
  • Average daily hotel rates on weekends during the upcoming 98-day holiday drought are 10% lower than the summer’s highs3.
  • Daily rates are the lowest during the first weekend in March, just before spring break season gets into full swing.

A deeper dive into search data on Hotels.com reveals a clear preference for one amenity, in particular, this spring: pools. Searches for hotels with pools increased by 35% or more from February through April on the Hotels.com app compared with the start of the year 4. And poolside properties hit peak popularity the first week of March.

“There’s some irony in the fact that the longest holiday drought of the year sends us searching for relief by infinity pools, lazy rivers, and swim-up bars,” said Fish.

When and Where to Take a Thirst Trip
The following list from Hotels.com includes 14 Thirst Trips — one for every weekend — at destinations with below-average hotel rates ($260 or less)5 and stunning pools.



Hotel Pool

Feb 2426

San Diego

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

March 3-5

*Low price alert: average rates this
weekend is predicted to be the lowest

Las Vegas

The Palazzo at The Venetian

March 1012

Mexico City

Galeria Plaza Reforma

March 1719

*St. Patrick’s Day


Hotel Chaco

March 2426

Myrtle Beach

Anderson Ocean Club and Spa by Oceana Resorts

March 31April 2

Los Angeles

The Hoxton Downtown LA

April 79

*Easter weekend


Universal’s Aventura Hotel

April 1416


Club Wyndham Austin

April 2123

Panama City Beach

Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach

April 2830


JW Marriott Charlotte

May 57

Orange County, CA

Laguna Beach House

May 1214

*Mother’s Day


Rise Uptown Hotel

May 1921


Level Seattle Downtown

 Data based on US Hotels.com monthly search traffic from January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022.
2 Data based on Google search trends for the term “weekend getaway” from January 1, 2021 – January 26, 2023.
3 Data based on average daily rates on US Hotels.com from February 24-May 21, 2023, and July 1-31, 2023, as of January 25, 2023.
4 Data based on US Hotels.com monthly and weekly searches from January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022.
5 Data based on average daily rates on US Hotels.com from February 24-May 21, 2023, as of January 18, 2023

Source: Hotels.com