The Covid-19 pandemic has turned vacation plans upside down for Americans. Instead of booking flights to travel abroad, travelers are opting for road trips and extended stays at vacation homes and short-term rentals locally within the United States.
In order to find out how Americans have adjusted their vacation plans during Covid-19, we surveyed more than 2,000 people across the country.
A little more than one-quarter of respondents said they’ve already taken a vacation since Covid-19 and 20% have plans to take one. Others are either putting travel plans on hold (37%) or have opted for a “staycation” at home (15%).
It’s no surprise that the pandemic has impacted previously planned trips. According to respondents, 40% outright cancelled a vacation and 23% postponed their vacation.
Along with making changes to when they planned to travel, Americans have also made changes to how they will get to their destinations. Overall, 64% said they do not feel safe flying on a commercial airplane right now and one-third said they will wait until a vaccine is available to fly again.
Who’s Vacationed Since Covid-19?
Despite the pandemic, many were determined to find time for relaxation and a vacation this summer. Of the 27% who have already taken a vacation, 28% took one in March while June was the second most popular month to travel (22%). A majority (52%) drove to their destination and of those, 72% decided to drive in order to avoid flying.
Travelers also were adaptable to the pandemic as 70% said they changed their destination due to the virus and 81% avoided large cities. As an extra precaution, 58% purchased travelers insurance for their vacation.
Accommodations for vacations were diverse. While hotels were the most popular (40%), Americans also stayed with family (18%), short-term rentals like Airbnb (16%) or their vacation homes (9%).
Americans were also staying longer at their destinations with 55% saying their vacation was longer than it normally would be.
Who’s Planning on Taking a Vacation?
Similar to those who have already taken a vacation, Americans who are planning on taking a vacation are also choosing to drive rather than fly. Of the 50% who plan to drive to their destination, 74% are doing so in order to avoid flying.
Also, the trend of avoiding large cities seems to be continuing as 66% plan to vacation outside of large metro areas. Travelers are also keeping an eye on the virus situation before traveling and 85% said they’ll cancel or postpone their trip if cases spike in the area they plan to visit.
Covid-19 and Vacation Homes
With trips abroad on hold and remote work becoming more common, Americans are taking the opportunity to utilize their vacation homes more often.
Overall, 81% of vacation homeowners said they’re spending more time at their property since Covid-19. This extra time is not only being spent relaxing, but also working. According to respondents, 85% said they’ve used their vacation home to work remotely since the pandemic began.
Covid-19 and PTO
Vacation homeowners aren’t the only ones working on vacation this year. Overall, 43% said they’ve worked or are planning to work while on vacation and 59% have checked or plan to check work emails and communications on vacation.
While some are choosing not to fully unplug on vacation, others will be dreaming about a break from work. According to respondents, 56% will leave PTO on the table this year due to Covid-19.
However, nearly 50% said they would be more likely to take a vacation or an additional vacation this year if they receive another stimulus check.
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From July 8 – 10, 2020, we surveyed 2,027 Americans between the ages of 18-79. Forty-nine percent of respondents were male and 51% were female. According to respondents, 27% had taken a vacation since Covid-19 and 20% were planning on taking a vacation. The average age of respondents was 36 years old.