Stats: Americans Prefer Beach Vacations and Road Trips in 2020

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A new survey conducted by Twiddy & Company, a vacation rental company on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, found that while much of the American population is ready to travel now or are comfortable traveling before a vaccine is available, only 7 percent are willing to travel internationally and 72 percent prefer to drive. 

Beach vacations and road trips are top of the list for the types of vacations Americans will be taking. National park vacations, camping, city visits and “staycations” were also popular answers. In addition to the 7 percent who would take an international vacation, just 9 percent would take a cruise.

For those taking vacations this summer, the majority of Americans (79 percent) have budgeted $2,000 or less per person for their vacation. When considering a 2020 vacation, respondents said that quality and comfort (42 percent) rank over cleanliness (29 percent) for most important needs.  

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The survey also found that younger people are more likely to travel sooner. Thirty percent of people under 25 are willing to travel either now or as soon as social distancing rules relax, while that number drops to under 15 percent for people aged 54 and over. Grouped by census region, Midwesterners are the least afraid to travel this summer, with over 40 percent saying they had no fear of travel; in contrast, Northeasterners were the most afraid, at over 73 percent.

The survey was conducted April 29–30, 2020 using a national sample randomly drawn from a panel of more than 1,000 adults, ages 18 and over. 

Source: Twiddy & Company

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