We recently surveyed Qtrip travelers about travel plans and overall sentiment during Covid-19 and more than 4,700 of you responded! Whether you’re ready to travel in the coming months (many of you are) or not sure when you’ll travel, we have some advice to share with you to, hopefully, make your travel affordable and enjoyable when you’re ready.
When do you expect you’ll travel again?
Based on your 4,700+ responses, 40% of you are planning to travel this summer, 23% this fall or winter, 7% next spring, and 30% of you don’t know when you’ll next travel. We were pleasantly surprised to see how many people were undaunted and planning to get out there right away, but also empathize with the “not sure” contingent. We hope we can offer advice over the next weeks and months to help people navigate these new, more uncertain waters.
When you do travel, what type of vacation are you looking forward to the most?
While we’re all ruminating on the perfect vacation to partake, close to 32% (almost a third of you) plead the 5th, which is totally fair, all things considered. Of those of you willing to share, the traditional beach vacation is on 18% of your minds, and somewhat surprisingly big cities are coming in a strong third at 14%. Rounding out the top five are all-inclusive package trips at 11% and the somewhat generic “weekend” trips comes in 5th at 9%. Not surprisingly, cruises are looking less popular in the current climate.
Are you concerned for your health traveling in a post-COVID world?
This is the question in our survey that got the most responses, which we probably didn’t need a team of data scientists to tell us would be the case. A full 69% of people consider their health a major factor for getting back to travel. About 15% aren’t stressed about it at all, and a cautious 16% just don’t know. We feel you, 16%.
Who are you looking forward to reuniting with after this crisis?
When we asked people who they were looking to reunite with after social distancing eases up, the vast majority of you – 58% – picked family. About 15% of you said friends, and those of you feeling particularly stir-crazy in this lockdown culture went straight for humanity in general–a full 18% said EVERYONE!
Once we got a sense for how people were generally feeling about travel, we decided to drill down a bit and see if people are thinking about big international dream-of-a-lifetime experiences that the “Revenge Travel” trend would support, or if more folks are thinking smaller, closer to home, more familiar. Here’s what we found out.
How likely are you to go on a domestic vacation?
Pretty likely, it looks like. More than half – 53% of our respondents – tell us that they fall in the “extremely likely” or “very likely” to take a domestic trip category. A little more than 36% of you are crossing your arms and taking a more “wait and see” attitude toward vacationing in the good ole’ USA. Frankly, an abundance of caution makes a lot of sense.
How likely are you to go on an international vacation?
This was a question that yielded some interesting results. A little over 34% of you said “no thank you” to international travel. It’s hard to underestimate how much the global response to the pandemic is feeding into people’s willingness (and even ability) to travel. Right now, there’s a travel ban that has made most of Europe temporarily off limits to Americans. However, about 36% of you are still gung ho about globetrotting, and even the more cautious folks are considering it–30% are in the ”moderately” or “somewhat likely” to travel internationally camp.
How has this crisis impacted your travel budget?
It wouldn’t be a true travel survey if we didn’t at least check in with budgets and how those impact travel (they almost always do). We wanted to see which way the wind was blowing on this particular issue. About 60% of travelers tell us that they are on a tighter budget, and about 40% say they are not impacted at all.
What matters most to you when shopping for flights?
Finally, we asked what you’re looking for when shopping for flights. It’s what we do, after all, and we want to make sure we address your needs. It’s a pretty balanced group of answers overall. Of course, cost is first with about 65% of folks considering it the most important factor you look at when shopping. Comfort comes in second at 20% with a slight edge over convenience – 15% when it comes to flight purchases. We hear you. More leg room, please!
When you’re ready to get back out there Qtrip has some creative travel planning tips for you. See which group most suits you, and remember that no matter when you plan to travel we’ve published some air travel safety tips you can keep handy as well.