61% of Americans Plan to Visit Family, Friends for First Vacation After COVID-19

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Americans found visiting family and friends to be a challenge and others were unable to do so at all.

As everyone preps for the new normal, many Americans are eager to get back on the road and enjoy some quality time with loved ones.

As restrictions continue to ease, Americans will travel to these popular destinations: FloridaCalifornia, and

In a time of crisis, connecting with loved ones is more important than ever, but sadly during the coronavirus pandemic, spending time with family and friends isn’t possible for many people. It comes as little surprise that Americans are eager to visit with family and friends once it is safer to travel.

When ValuePenguin commissioned an online survey of over 1,200 Americans they found that 61% of respondents will plan their first trip once travel restrictions are lifted to visit family and friends.

Vacation planning is picking up again as well, with 17% already seeking out potential destinations. Let’s take a closer look at how survey respondents are planning upcoming trips despite the uncertain travel climate we’re currently experiencing and how travelers may be able to get the most bang for their buck with travel credit cards, points and miles and travel insurance.

Key findings

  • First upcoming trips will revolve around family and friends: 47% of Americans said the first trip they’ll take when travel restrictions are lifted will be to visit family. Visiting friends came in second at 14%.
  • Florida (13%), California (12%) and New York (8%) will be the first states respondents visit as travel restrictions are lifted. Other popular destinations include Texas (5%) and New Jersey (4%).
  • Many consumers have already begun researching their next vacation, mainly seeking out potential destinations (17%), flight routes (14%) and hotels (10%). Very few have begun looking into restaurants or entertainment options.
  • On average, Americans plan to spend $737 on their upcoming trip. Gen Xers will spend more than other age groups, and parents of kids under 18 plan to shell out more than $1,000.
  • Just 23% plan to purchase travel insurance on their next trip. Men were more than twice as likely as women to say they’d purchase some form of trip protection.
  • 1 in 5 consumers will spend part of their economic impact check on travel. That number jumps to more than a third of Gen Xers and about a quarter of millennials.

After a forced separation, many Americans are ready to spend some quality time with their nearest and dearest.

Almost half of those surveyed reported the first trip they plan to take once travel restrictions are lifted will be to visit their family. The second top travel priority appears to be visiting friends (14%).

For more information, visit https://www.valuepenguin.com/news/americans-plan-trips-coronavirus


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