Vacations and traveling were largely put on hold for many Americans in 2020 as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With 2020 now in the rear view mirror, many American travelers are optimistic about resuming traveling this year as local COVID numbers drop and vaccine rollouts expand.
But will the travel industry fully rebound to pre-pandemic levels in 2021?
To try and find out, IPX 1031 recently surveyed 2,020 Americans to learn more about their optimism for traveling this year as well as their travel plans, budgets, accommodations, and their willingness to fly among other topics. Let us take a deeper dive into the results of their survey.
2021 Travel Outlook
Survey respondents were also asked if travel would ever return to normal without restrictions. 45% of respondents said they were optimistic about a pre-pandemic level of normalcy for traveling in 2021.
2021 Vacation Plans
Of those who are still wary about traveling in 2021, these are the top reasons they gave for not wanting to pack their bags and travel this year:
2021 Vacation budgets
2021 Vacation length
COVID-19 is still a contributing factor that may threaten to cut vacations time short this year. Safety while traveling remains a top concern for those willing to travel this year. 73% of those surveyed reported being concerned that they will have to cancel or re-book a trip due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. 62% said they will only travel to locations with a low number of COVID-19 cases.
Vacation Homes and Accommodations
Listed below are the most preferred accommodations for American travelers in 2021:
During the past year vacation home or timeshares have become a preferred way for travelers to vacation with 80% of those surveyed reporting having stayed at a vacation home or timeshare at some point during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Traveling by plane in 2021
However many Americans are more optimistic about plane travel this year and beyond. 48% of those surveyed said they feel that airline travel will be safe again in 2021. 72% said they will feel safer flying after receiving their COVID-19 vaccination. In 2022, 80% of those surveyed said they will feel safe flying again.
For many Americans, they simply will not feel safe traveling until after they receive their COVID-19 vaccination. 54% of those surveyed said they just do not feel safe traveling until they have been vaccinated.
Accommodations for travelers looked a bit different during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many travelers opting to stay away from busy hotels and instead opting for vacation rentals and even secluded camping destinations for some.
While optimism is high for travel this year, there is also a sense of reservation from some about waiting until it is completely safe to do so. Travel plans have the potential to continue to be be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and how the case load looks in America. Only time will tell if travel begins to resume to pre-pandemic levels in 2021.
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