How COVID-19 Changed Travel: 3 Surprising Trends Revealed

How COVID-19 Changed Travel: 3 Surprising Trends Revealed

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. July 29, 2020 — Half of US travelers say that coronavirus isolation recommendations did not impact their domestic travel plans, according to a recent report by travel insurance aggregator, Squaremouth. With US travelers remaining stateside, reveals 3 surprising trends in domestic travel amidst COVID-19.

Vacation Rentals Surpass Hotel Stays

  • Vacation rentals are the most popular accommodation type, with almost 50% of travelers opting to stay at a vacation rental during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Cleanliness concerns or social distancing guidelines may have been a factor in travelers’ accommodation decisions, as 37% will stay at a hotel, and only 4% plan to camp or stay in an RV for their trip.

Travelers Still Take to the Skies

  • Over 60% of travelers still plan to fly to their domestic destinations.
  • 88% of all domestic travelers are heading out of state for their trip.

Isolation Recommendations Only Impact Trips for Half Of US Travelers

  • 50% of travelers said that isolation recommendations did not change the type of trip they are taking. 
  • The majority of travelers are taking beach vacations (51%) or camping or adventure trips (35%). 
  • Only 15% of travelers will be taking trips to a city.

Methodology: Squaremouth surveyed customers who are traveling domestically amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Data is based on responses from 863 customers.


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