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USA Today, July 24 2020 – Dreaming about your next trip? You’re not alone, but this time it’s different

USA Today, July 24 2020 – Dreaming about your next trip? You’re not alone, but this time it’s different

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If you’ve canceled your summer vacation, you’re probably dreaming about your next one. It’s OK. So are a lot of people.

Rob Hall is one of them. He skipped his family cruise to Italy this summer but is optimistic that the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak will be over by fall. He’s planning to fly to Maui for a few days in October – at least that’s his dream.

“We so badly need to get away,” says Hall, a retired financial services manager from Walnut Creek, California.

He’s not the only one. A survey of travelers by Qtrip finds plenty of pent-up demand for travel. A surprising 40% of respondents plan to travel this summer. Twenty-three percent are waiting until the fall or winter, and 7% are holding off until spring. (The remaining 30% say they don’t have a clue when they’ll travel again.)

“We were surprised to see how many people were undaunted and planning to get out there right away,” Qtrip CEO Jeff Klee says

This is uncharted territory for travelers. These trips are different from the ones we used to take. Our travel dreams are bigger and richer. We’re buying travel insurance and relying on the continued flexibility of airlines, hotels and other travel suppliers if we want to make schedule changes.

The travel dreams are bigger this time
What happens when you sit around and think about travel all day? You make big plans. According to Virtuoso, a network of travel advisers, the top dream destinations for its users since April are South Africa, Italy and Australia.

Julie Kandalec booked an “epic” adventure next year with her father and brother: a cruise to the Antarctic in February. She figures that the rates would never be better and that it will be the safest possible vacation.

“The ship is small and won’t be filled to capacity,” says Kandalec, an expert on nail art who lives in New York. “It’s 100 crew and 200 guests maximum, so that’s key.”

Travelers are not thinking small this summer. When it comes to trips, they’re spending a lot more. The average domestic trip cost has increased by 18%, to $3,587, according to the travel insurance site Squaremouth.com. The average international trip cost has grown even more – by 24% – to $4,588.

Read the full USA Today article online here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/advice/2020/07/24/coronavirus-travel-pent-up-demand-leads-big-trip-dreams/5496707002/