The idea, according to Getaway, is to allow city dwellers to disconnect in nature without needing a tremendous amount of travel time or planning.
Founded in 2015, Getaway hit its stride during the period of pandemic restrictions. Bookings more than doubled in 2020, and throughout last year occupancy rates at open properties stayed around 93%, the company said. In the first quarter of this year, Getaway recorded the greatest number of guest stays in its history, as remote work took off and domestic destinations held sway.
“At Getaway, we’re seeing a cultural shift in travel as more urban dwellers are seeking short, frequent escapes to nature to focus on their mental health and well-being,” said Jon Staff, founder and CEO of Getaway. “Our cabins and campsites offer space for people of all walks of life to honor their free time, disconnect from work and technology and reconnect with their loved ones and themselves.”
The firm raised $41.7 million in August, and some of that funding supported the recent growth.
Getaway’s expansion comes as several trends collide for the summer tourism season. For the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, travel spending in April surpassed 2019 levels, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s monthly report.
Although volume at New York–area airports hit 90% of pre-Covid levels in April, according to the Port Authority, international volume was still down 35% in March compared with March 2019.