COVID-19 Travel Sentiment Monitor – October Report

While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing everyone to adapt to “the new normal,” many Americans are still exploring their own country and even beyond.

According to LuggageHero’s latest Travel Sentiment Monitor, almost half of the American respondents are planning winter holidays.  

Other key findings:

1) While only 35% of the respondents had planned a domestic trip when 2020 had started, 48% have actually traveled inside the USA so far, due to the international travel restrictions. When it comes to the touristic destinations, cities have become less attractive, receiving only 21% of the respondents. That is in contrast to travelers’ original plans. At the beginning of this year, 62% had planned at least one city break for 2020.

2) As many as 45% of the American participants are still planning to go on winter holidays, with more than half wanting to travel only inside the USA.

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 October 20-26, 2020, via online forms and ensured gender and age balance. Here are the findings in detail for this month’s perception, and you can also check out the reports for July, May, April or March.

New Year’s Resolutions could not be realized

Even though Americans have wished for many trips when this year started, the travel restrictions and health concerns have limited many of those wishes: while only 11% of the American participants in this month’s survey had not planned a trip for 2020, three times more (36%) ended up staying home during the first 10 months of the year.

In regards to those who did travel, 48% of the respondents have taken at least one trip inside the USA so far, a 13% raise from the plans prepared before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Besides distance, holiday styles have also adapted during 2020, bringing city breaks down to 21% of the Americans’ choice, a steep decrease from the 62% who expected to take a city break when health and travel restrictions were not such key points in planning.


Travel to nature areas did not pick up much of the loss of city travel, as outdoors travel increased only 4% compared to initial plans.

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