LAST UPDATE: MAY 11, 2022

Tracking the Return to Normal: Travel

Morning Consult is tracking how safe Americans feel traveling in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
By: Wesley Case

 

This tracker is part of a series from Morning Consult gauging when consumers will return to normal activities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and sign up for alerts.

When the pandemic first hit the United States, the travel industry ground to a halt. Now, after positive signs of recovery and Americans traveling again, the coronavirus’ delta omicron is consumers’ latest concern, and all eyes will remain on the public’s comfort related to travel heading into the spring.

Morning Consult is tracking pent-up demand and excitement for many of the activities listed on this page. Bookmark this page for weekly updates of these figures.

KEY TRENDS

  • Comfort With Vacationing Holds Steady: For the third week in a row, 71% of U.S. adults are comfortable going on vacation. Comfort with vacationing is 15 percentage points higher than it was at the start of the year.  
  • Comfort With Taking a Bus Hits New High: 49% of Americans said they feel comfortable taking a bus, up 2 points from last week and a new high for the activity, while 52% said they are comfortable flying to a domestic location, also up 2 points from the previous survey.
  • Comfort With Major Hotels Ticks Down: 65% of respondents said they feel comfortable staying at a major hotel chain, a decrease of 2 points from the previous week. Comfort with home sharing locations (50%) ticked down 1 point.

Americans' Comfort Going on Vacation
The share of respondents who said they feel comfortable going on vacation right now
Weekly surveys are conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,200 U.S. adults, with an unweighted margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Comfort With Various Methods of Transportation
The share of adults who said they feel comfortable doing the following activities right now:
Weekly surveys are conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,200 U.S. adults, with an unweighted margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Comfort With Travel Accommodations
The share of adults who said they feel comfortable staying at the following accommodations right now:
Weekly surveys are conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,200 U.S. adults, with an unweighted margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Tracking the Return to Normal

When will things return to normal and what will our new normal look like? It’s a question that business, economic and government leaders are grappling with as more and more Americans receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

To help answer this complicated question, Morning Consult is tracking how consumer attitudes are shifting across a wide range of categories, from travel to entertainment to dining, to gain greater insight into not only when consumers will be ready to return to their normal activities, but how their habits will be forever changed. We’ll be updating these pages every week with new data and analyses. Sign up for alerts below.

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