A study by RENTCafé has revealed that searches for the North Carolinian island have only dropped 25 per cent since lockdown came in owing to the coronavirus pandemic, compared to a 78 per cent drop for Brooklyn, New York.
Alexandra Ciuntu, a researcher for RENTCafé, said: "With the lockdown still in place, we wanted to see how COVID-19 impacted their travel plans ... People have all sorts of travel plans. Some destinations are suited for long weekends, while others fall into the 'long vacations' category. It's worth noting that the survey and the keyword research show the travellers' intentions, which might materialise this summer or maybe later. The Outer Banks are among those travel destinations that offer everything: Instagrammable beaches (and lighthouses too!), great food, reasonably priced activities, picturesque towns. Thanks to the expansive sandy beaches, travelers can easily observe social distancing if necessary. The Netflix series with the same name made Outer Banks even more popular during the lockdown."
Surprisingly, there was little interested in usually popular destinations such as Miami, Orlando, Las Vegas and San Diego.
Ciuntu added: "For example, Miami, Orlando, Las Vegas and San Diego witnessed a staggering decline in interest. Travel searches for these crowded popular spots plummeted by almost 70 per cent compared to a year ago."