Vermont Business Magazine Although the COVID-19 pandemic has put many normal aspects of life on hold, a new survey nonetheless revealed a strong willingness to travel in 2020 among Americans, with domestic travel preferred and Vermont the #1 travel destination. this winter.
According to the survey of 746 US-based respondents, conducted by SkiDriven.com, 72% of Americans still plan to travel in 2020, while 91% are more likely to travel domestically than internationally. ‘foreigner. This latest finding not only reflects traveler preferences, but necessity, given the current bans on American visitors to the European Union and around the world due to the continued spike in coronavirus cases in the United States.
Where in the United States might travelers go during this time? Vermont tops the list with 16% of respondents choosing Green Mountain State, while Oregon, Maine, Wyoming and Colorado round out the top five states respondents named as their most likely destination. this winter. Hawaii, Nevada, California, South Carolina and Utah also made the top 10.
In fact, a number of these states have the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the country – particularly Hawaii (only two deaths per 100,000 population), Wyoming (four per 100,000 population), Oregon (six per 100,000), Utah (eight per 100,000), Vermont (nine per 100,000), Maine (nine per 100,000). As a result, it appears travelers are likely to research the situation surrounding the virus in any state or region before finalizing their vacation plans.
However, those hoping to head to Vermont for a quick getaway would be well advised to check the restrictions first. Currently visitors from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and from Washington, DC do not have to self-quarantine when entering Vermont, but most others do as travelers.
Of those who prefer to travel domestically, 59% said they would not have traveled abroad even in the absence of the COVID-19 crisis. Meanwhile, 64% said COVID-19 had impacted their financial ability to travel in the near future.
The domestic travel data aligns with separate research released in June that found 46 million Americans plan to take a recreational vehicle (RV) trip in the next 12 months, up from 25 million in 2019.
At the same time, survey respondents identified road trips as the most popular vacation option for this winter, surpassing their interest in skiing, beach/resort trips and camping. The rest of the top 10 vacation preferences, including golf, yoga retreats, hiking, city breaks, cruises and fishing.
But how soon could more Americans actually start traveling out of town? Only 14% would travel domestically or internationally “right now”, with 41% expressing a willingness to travel as soon as restrictions are eased and 35% saying they would not make the trip until a vaccine would not be available.
Ultimately, despite rising virus cases amid the gradual reopening of states and fears of a ‘second wave’ of COVID-19, Americans are firmly saying they are ready to travel again – at least at the national level.
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This poll was conducted July 27-30 based on interviews with a random national sample of 746 American adults.
Source: New York, August 27, 2020 — SkiDriven.com