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How U.S. Residents Are Traveling After COVID-19

How U.S. Residents Are Traveling After COVID-19

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. July 8, 2020 – The effects of COVID-19 have changed travel for the foreseeable future. 

According to data from travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth.com, travelers’ post-COVID-19 concerns have impacted their travel behavior.  

Travelers Purchasing Cancellation Coverage

Travelers looking for coverage to cancel are showing caution and doubt following COVID-19, booking shorter trips further in the future compared to last year.

  • Travelers purchased their policies 5 months prior to their departure, 48% further out than last year. 
  • Travelers are taking shorter trips than last year, only traveling for an average of 13 days. 
Graph showing the Average Trip Length 2019 vs 2020 for Emergency Medical and Cancellation Style Policies
  • Travelers are spending 24% more on international trips this year, and 18% more on domestic trips. 
Graph showing the Average Trip Cost  2019 vs 2020 in US Dollars for Domestic Trips and International Trips

Travelers Purchasing Emergency Medical Coverage

As travel suppliers are offering fully refundable trips, travelers taking advantage of those deals are only looking for medical travel insurance. 

  • These travelers are taking trips over a month-long on average, traveling 62% longer than last year. 
  • Travelers are purchasing policies earlier, an average of 55 days prior to departure, compared to just 26 days in 2019. 
Graph showing the Average Time Between Purchase and Departure 2019 vs 2020 for Emergency Medical and Cancellation Style Policies

View Squaremouth’s previous report on how COVID-19 has changed where travelers are going.

Methodology: Data is based on all travel insurance policies purchased through Squaremouth.com between January 21-June 21, 2020. Statistics reflect year-over-year changes unless otherwise noted.

For regularly updated information about Covid-19 and travel insurance, please visit our Covid-19 travel insurance information hub.


Notes to editors

Available Topic Expert: Megan Moncrief, Chief Marketing Officer, is available for comment and interview. mmoncrief@squaremouth.com (727) 378-0938

About Squaremouth: Squaremouth.com has insured over 2 million travelers. Using Squaremouth’s intuitive quoting and comparison engine, award-winning support team, and verified customer reviews, travelers can save time and money to find the best travel insurance policy for their trip.