As a follow-up to our earlier data on attitudes towards upcoming travel, we recently fielded additional research to see if the latest developments with COVID-19 have led to further uncertainty about upcoming trips.

Our latest findings revealed that there’s been an increase in trip cancellations and postponements in recent weeks:

  • 74% with a trip between April and June have canceled or postponed their trip (vs. 60% previously)
  • 34% with a trip between July and September have canceled or postponed their trip (vs. one-in-five previously)

As for when they will reschedule these trips, nearly half of those with a postponed trip originally slated for April-June (47%) will wait and monitor COVID-19 a bit longer before committing to a new date. A third hope to take the trip before the end of 2020, while 20% will likely wait until 2021.

Those with canceled trips between July and September are also most apt to take a “wait and see” approach before choosing new travel dates (44%). Three-in-ten would prefer to exercise caution and wait until 2021, while 25% remain optimistic that they’ll be able to reschedule before the end of 2020.

To find out more about what our panelists are looking forward to when things get “back to normal”, take a look at the latest update of our weekly consumer tracker!


Bess Devenow

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