While some had to cancel travel plans and some simply have to stay inside to social distance, it’s safe to say that many Americans are dreaming of the day when they are able to comfortably book their next road trip, abroad adventure, or beach vacation. But Americans are widely split over when that day will come.
According to a new Upgraded Points report that surveyed 1,250 Americans on March 19, 20% of Americans don’t plan to travel until 2021 for non-essential, non-business reasons. Surprisingly, 14% of Americans said they’d be comfortable traveling in April 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and a shocking 7% said they’d travel within the next two weeks.
Attitudes towards travel duffer by age group
There was one in five Americans that said they don’t plan to travel until 2021, but that percentage changes drastically once broken down into age groups. The data showed that younger respondents, particularly those between ages 18 and 25, are much more likely to feel comfortable traveling sooner than other Americans.
Within the 18 to 25 age group, 33% said they would travel within the next 6 weeks, 20% said they’d be willing to travel in April, and 13% said they’d feel comfortable traveling within the next two weeks. Only 11% said they wouldn’t travel until 2021.
Respondents between the ages 26 and 34 were more cautious about traveling. Within the 26 to 34 age group, 14% said they would consider traveling in April, 8% in the next two weeks and 18% said they wouldn’t feel comfortable traveling until 2021.
What are Americans traveling concerns?
Unsurprisingly, 41% of respondents said that their biggest travel concern was contracting the virus themselves, while 32% said their largest concern was potentially spreading COVID-19 to family and friends should they contract it.
Other respondents were concerned about their fellow travelers, with 17% saying their biggest concern was unknowingly spreading the virus to other travelers.
Shockingly, 10% of respondents said that they don’t have any concerns about traveling right now and only 0.2% of respondents said they are concerned about getting stuck somewhere as a result of a quarantine. More men than women reported having no concerns about traveling right now, with 12% of men reporting having no concerns compared to 7% of women.
When will Americans feel safe traveling again?
What will it take for Americans to feel safe to travel again? Well, 51% of respondents said that they would feel most comfortable making travel plans again if government or health officials gave the ‘all clear’ for travel. On the other hand, 27% said they would feel most comfortable traveling somewhere if there were no new COVID-19 cases where they were headed.
Others were worried about Coronavirus cases where they are traveling from, with 11% of respondents saying they will feel safe to travel when there are no new cases reported where they are leaving from.
Do prices affect travel during a pandemic?
There have been discussions on social media about if the drastically decreased prices to travel mean that younger people should book a cheap vacation since some doctors say they are less likely to contract the virus. It is highly recommended that people do not travel right now
When asked if there was a price point where they would buy a plane ticket, 36% of respondents said there was no price low enough to travel via airplane, but 14% said they would buy a ticket for $25 or less for a roundtrip flight.
According to the survey, 19% of respondents said they would buy roundtrip tickets that cost between $26-$50.
Older Americans, those 65 years old or older, were three times as likely to say they wouldn’t travel on an airplane. Of those who were 65 years old or older, 78% said that they wouldn’t travel on an airplane, regardless of prices, compared to only 24% of those aged 18 to 25.