September 9. According to the latest Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, rising vaccination rates, breakthrough infections of vaccinated Americans, increasing case numbers and deaths tied to the Delta variant of COVID-19 is confounding their travel plans. While 90 percent of travelers do have travel plans in the next six months, a third report that the virus will greatly impact their plans in the next six months with some now postponing trips.
While concerns over COVID-19 continue to be top of mind for many American travelers during travel planning, they are split when it comes to the implementation of health and safety protocols at destinations. Half of travelers cite having clear health and safety protocols as being important when deciding where to travel. But 44 percent say that having no travel restrictions at potential destinations is important to them when making these plans.
Longwoods survey also found only 57 percent of travelers feel safe traveling outside their communities, the lowest level since March. Meanwhile, less than half support opening their communities to visitors, also the weakest percentage since March. This is important as 40 percent of travelers cite feeling welcome as a key component to selecting a destination.
As concerns over health and safety persist with the current state of the pandemic, American travelers are planning to head outdoors on their upcoming trips. Six of the Top 10 planned activities can be done outdoors. The prevalence of the road trip will continue with half of travelers planning to take to the highways this fall travel season.
Source: Insider Travel Report