Bucket-List, Expensive and Family Trips Gain Popularity

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Drawn to the outdoors in the post-vaccine summer of 2021, Neal Esserman, 72, of Redondo Beach, California, ventured up to Salmon Falls Resort in Ketchikan, Alaska, to fish. The trip was so wonderful — he returned home with 70 pounds of filets — that he and his wife are planning to return this summer. But this time they’re going bigger, bringing their daughter and son-in-law along and splurging on a floatplane outing, for instance.

“It was so spectacular and so fun, I’m going to take it a step further,” Esserman says. “After being under house arrest [for so