Survey: 80% of Americans Will Travel This Year

The results are in: in 2021, Americans are more eager to travel than ever. A recent Travel Technology Association survey revealed that 80% of Americans are likely to travel this year. The findings reflect a rise in consumer confidence and renewed optimism due to a high percentage of people receiving one of the several COVID-19 vaccines available.

How Will Americans Travel in 2021?

Surveying 2,128 residents of the United States over the age of 18, the Travel Technology Association found that 76% of respondents are likely to travel once vaccinated. Reflecting a renewed preference for fresh air and social distancing, 74% indicated they'd likely visit an outdoor attraction, such as a national or state park, or amusement park.

How will these people be making their travel plans? More than half – 62% – responded that they plan to use an OTA (online travel agency) or metasearch platform to research and book their trips. However, many travelers do plan on staying close to home: 73% of survey participants said they intend to travel in-state. And while people are packing their bags, not all are taking to the friendly skies: 87% responded that they'd be driving to their final destination.

Interestingly, 72% of respondents said they would be more likely to take a trip if the government were to provide a tax credit for both this year and next.

In a statement, Travel Tech president Steve Shur said: "The travel industry has endured enormous strain this year due to the [coronavirus] pandemic, yet this data shows there is light at the end of the tunnel with Americans ready to travel in 2021."

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