Travel has been hard for many people across the country this summer because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Maybe people have had to alter their summer vacation plans or completely cancel them all together.
In order to find out how Americans have adjusted their vacation plans during Covid-19, IPX 1031 recently surveyed more than 2,000 people from across the country who have either taken a vacation this year or plan to do so. They asked about where they traveled to this year and there plans for travel in the future. Let’s dive a bit deeper into the results.
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Covid-19 vacation plans
Only 27% of Americans have taken a vacation since Covid-19 began. 62% of those regret taking their vacation due to limitations on their trip. On top of that, only 20% of Americans say they are planning on taking a vacation this year. 64% say they don’t feel safe flying currently and 33% say they won’t fly until there is a vaccine. One alternative to regular travel is staycations. Their survey found that 15% of Americans have done a staycation this year as opposed to traveling out of state or out of the country.
How Covid-19 changed vacation plans
Of those who have vacationed, 70% changed their destination, 81% avoided large cities and 76% monitored Covid-19 cases in the area before traveling. As mentioned in the paragraph above, many people are changing their vacation plans because they don’t feel safe flying with many unsure when they will fly again without a vaccine.
Who’s Vacationed Since Covid-19?
The most popular domestic travel destinations during Covid-19: 1. California 2. Florida 3. New York 4. Texas 5. Nevada. Of those who have vacationed since the start of Covid-19, 30% said they traveled during Memorial Day weekend or the Fourth of July weekend. 20% said they weren’t able to fully relax due to Covid-19 and 27% said Covid-19 caused them extra stress while traveling.
Vacation budgeting during Covid-19
83% of Americans reported spending less on their vacation this year due directly to Covid-19. 58% said they purchased traveler’s insurance for their vacation because they were worried about having to cancel. Only 15% said they took a vacation during a work furlough.
Biggest concerns for flying
When asked about why travelers are passing on flying this year, 70% said because passengers were unable to social distance, 69% said they were fearful passengers wouldn’t wear a mask and 58% said they had issues with the planes or airports not being sanitized or cleaned.
The full report from IPX 1031 can be seen in the graphic below.