While the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to greatly impact travel in the United States and throughout the world, Americans are venturing out to explore their own country and even beyond.
Other key findings:
1) Only 38% of the Americans who will need lodging in 2020 say they prefer hotels over short-term rentals, because of hygiene safety factors in regards to COVID-19 infection risk. The other 62% say they trust the ability of short-term rental hosts to ensure proper hygiene.
Since the pandemic lockdowns started, the short-term luggage storage company LuggageHero has regularly polled travelers in the United States, Europe and the rest of the world. This current customer survey was conducted July 5-12, 2020, via online forms and ensured gender and age balance. Here are the findings in detail.
Destinations near and far
Since lockdowns were lifted, 32% of American respondents have already taken a domestic trip, while another 13% have traveled internationally.
More than half of the Americans (54%) say they still hope to travel abroad this year. Of those, 55% say they will take a trip in a city, while 45% will focus on nature. Another 46% report that they will not travel abroad this year.
When referring only to the short term vs. the rest of the year, 55% said they would not travel abroad for a summer vacation because of the risk of infection. Another 23% said they were not planning to travel abroad anyway during the summer holidays. A third of Americans said they were more optimistic about the possibilities of travel abroad in the fall.
In regards to how the airlines are helping to protect passengers from getting infected, only about a quarter of respondents (27%) said they are confident about flying. Another 29% reported that even if they don’t feel confident about airplane travel during a pandemic, they will still fly because they have no other options. Most of the American respondents (38%) said they plan to travel in their own cars for extra safety.
Only 38% of the Americans who will need lodging in 2020 say they prefer hotels over short-term rentals, because of hygiene safety factors in regards to COVID-19 infection risk. The other 62% say they trust the ability of short-term rental hosts to ensure proper hygiene.
No red carpet
With high COVID numbers in the U.S. and a recommendation from the EU that Americans not travel in Europe, it’s no surprise that 84% of Americans are feeling less-welcomed abroad these days. They fear that hosts might be worried about being exposed to the virus.
On the other hand, only 39% of Europeans perceive themselves less-welcomed abroad in the upcoming months, due to their countries` response to the pandemic. The British respondents are closer to the worldwide average of 56% who believe they will not be welcomed with the same enthusiasm as in the previous years.
Americans continue to cut their travel budgets. When we asked American travelers in March if they expected to maintain their planned 2020 travel budget, 48% answered yes. In April and May, those numbers dropped to 35% and 34% respectively. In July, only 29% of American respondents said they planned to keep their 2020 travel budget intact.
For those who will reduce their budget, the percentage of reduction has gone up, with almost half saying they will slash their travel budget by 40% or more this year.
“We are happy that travelers are proceeding with cautious optimism, because it’s the right and safe approach,” said Jannik Lawaetz, CEO and co-founder of LuggageHero. “We are following the same lead, which is why we’ve instituted changes to become a touchless hospitality provider. Reservations are made on our app and customers handle their own tamper-free security seals during the storage process. As always, cancellation is totally free.”
American travelers who wish to remain in North America for now will still find plenty of storage options in 15 major cities across the continent, Lawaetz said.
“In fact LuggageHero has more than 130 storage drop-off sites in New York City alone, more than any other storage provider,” he added. “We hope to serve you soon.”
LuggageHero is a network of safe, convenient and affordable luggage storage sites in local shops, cafés, and hotels. It has stored more than 2 million hours of luggage since launching in 2016. Customers can drop off their luggage at more than 1,200 drop-off points in 40 major cities in North America and Europe.