Airbnb bookings jump 52% as vaccinations spur vacation rental demand

The Airbnb logo is seen on a little mini pyramid under the glass Pyramid of the Louvre museum in Paris, France, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

Airbnb Inc (ABNB.O) beat Wall Street expectations for first-quarter gross bookings and revenue on Thursday, as speedy COVID-19 vaccinations and easing restrictions encouraged more people to check into its vacation rentals.

Gross bookings jumped 52% to $10.29 billion in the quarter, easily beating analysts’ estimates of $6.93 billion.

“For guests aged 60 and above in the U.S., who were amongst the first groups to benefit from vaccine rollouts, searches on our platform for

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Looking for an Upstate Escape? I’d Return to This Charming Hudson Valley Airbnb in a Heartbeat

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These days, many of our vacations are closer to home than we’re used to. It might be a while before I’m jetting off to Paris again, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy a relaxing getaway and a break from my typical surroundings. Living in New York City, the Hudson Valley is one of the most manageable options for a weekend trip, since it’s accessible by both car and train. Within

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Airbnb: Where are the best places to travel in the U.S. right now?

As COVID-19 restrictions start to lift — and as President Joe Biden has called for a return to normal by July 4Airbnb has seen a growth in customers visiting its website and planning trips for the spring and summer.

Based on that data, Airbnb recently identified 10 locations in the U.S. that will likely see a travel boom in the coming months — and a small town in Utah made the list.

Located in Kane County, Utah, Orderville made No. 6 on Airbnb’s list of most popular destinations in the United States. About three hours from Las Vegas,

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9 Best Airbnb Castles for a Fairytale Vacation

Editor’s Note: Travel might be complicated right now, but use our inspirational trip ideas to plan ahead for your next bucket list adventure. Those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before departure.

Ever dream of living in a castle in the Italian countryside? A château in Loire Valley? A manor in Germany? This may be your chance — we’ve rounded up nine of the best Airbnb castles so you can plan the ultimate fairytale escape. 

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