“Pendemic travel planning is not going away, which is why our research is really focused on understanding what positive behaviors we can take away from this moment to rebuild travel now and prepare for what’s to come in the future,” says Katie Junod, General Manager at Travelocity.
The travel brand’s 2021 Pandemic Travel Planning survey looked at past, present and future planning tactics that can help Americans prepare for travel in the coming year. Three surprising themes emerged from the report.
Do you have questions about pandemic travel? Ask a parent
Travelocity predicts that family travel will be the first type of travel to make a comeback in 2021, largely due to the fact that parents are twice as likely to travel since the start of the pandemic compared to non-parents, and they indicate greater awareness of changes in the travel industry.
“Parents are perhaps the most affected by the pandemic with the pressure to coordinate everything and everyone at home,” Junod says. “As a result, travel has become more of a necessity for them and they have kept abreast of changes.”
Parents also tend to travel earlier, plan and reserve those trips earlier than non-parents, according to the study.
Restore travel confidence with a toe-dip trip
After nearly a year of travel restrictions and quarantines, 60% of travelers say they are planning a post-pandemic trip within the next 9 months, and many (43%) are very or very confident in their plans. Junod says this is largely due to travelers planning shorter trips that restore confidence and create a sense of normalcy in the short term.
“We may be dreaming of that big bucket list trip, but what travelers are actually planning so far this year are visits to famous destinations (24%), a road trip or a beach trip (30%) or a weekend getaway (26% ).”
Prioritize personal safety when making travel plans, now and in the future
“As travelers plan trips now and later, their priorities change — and what makes them feel confident and safe,” Junod says.
Respondents said the main influence on their decision to travel right now was the cleanliness of hotel and transportation options and safe accommodations at their travel destination (81% rate each as “extremely” or “very” important). Travelocity rolled out improved cleanliness filters for hotel and car searches last summer and introduced air travel cleaning and safety indicators before the holiday travel season. Online travel agents have also updated safety warnings for travelers with information from the CDC and made it easier to change or cancel travel plans by offering hotels with free cancellation options and flexible flight options such as no change fees.2.
“As vaccination and testing programs continue to increase, we know travelers will need information about how that affects travel and we’re working to make sure they get it.”
More information about Travelocity’s 2021 Pandemic Travel Planning Report is available on request. For travel tips and resources about COVID-19, visit Travelocity.com.
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1 Travelocity’s “2021 Pandemic Travel Planning” Online Survey of 1,019 U.S. Adults, conducted Jan. 8-14, 2021.
2 Some hotels require cancellation more than 24 hours before check-in and change fee policies vary by airline. See online travel agency websites for details.
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SOURCE Travel Place