With so many people using technology to plan trips and make reservations, they may be surprised to learn that studies show the more effort a traveler puts into planning their trip, the more confident they are. Researchers from the University of Florida found that travelers who made more reservations for their trip, planned their route in advance, and obtained more advice from travel sites like TripAdvisor were more confident in their choices and hence, more satisfied with their trip.
If you’re a regular traveler, you know that there’s nothing more intimidating than a world map. You’ve got to know your destination, the best way to get there, time required, and of course, how much money you’ll need to make the trip enjoyable.
According to a recent survey from travel insurance and support firm Allianz Partners USA, Americans are becoming more confident in traveling despite the COVID-19 epidemic.
According to a recent poll of over 1,360 Allianz customers who bought a policy between October 1, 2023, and April 30, 2023, two-thirds (66%) plan to travel within the following three months or by the end of October.
Only 22% of consumers said they will travel during that period in February 2023, thus this number is noteworthy. Furthermore, just 7% of consumers indicated they were unsure when they would travel next, a significant decrease from 21% in February.
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While passengers’ confidence is increasing, boarding a cruise continues to be a source of apprehension. When asked how long it would take them to feel confident enough to resume “pre-COVID-19 activity levels,” the majority said they are currently confident in staying in a hotel (84 percent), flying on an airplane (79 percent), staying in a rental property (78 percent), and traveling by train (78 percent) (70 percent).
Four out of ten (39 percent) Allianz clients, on the other hand, indicated they felt confident about taking a cruise right now. Customers through the travel advisor retail channel had a greater percentage (47 percent), according to Allianz. By the end of 2023, more over half of the respondents (53 percent) indicated they would be comfortable returning to their “usual” cruise activity levels.
According to the survey, the majority of tourists intend to fly (67 percent) or drive (19 percent) to their destination, with just 11% planning to travel by cruise ship, up from 7% in February. Nearly a quarter (24%) of customers stated COVID-19 has had no effect on their cruising comfort level, and the majority of those who feel less comfortable as a result of the pandemic (72%) still intend to cruise again at some time.
The majority of respondents had their eyes set on domestic travel in the second half of 2023, with more than half of surveyed consumers (55 percent) intending to stay someplace inside the continental United States. Nearly a quarter (24%) of consumers want to visit Mexico, the Caribbean, or Hawaii, while 15% want to visit Europe. The latter numbers have increased from 21% and 14% in February 2023, respectively.
“Americans are regaining confidence in their ability to travel, and our most recent poll found that two-thirds of our customers intend to travel by November,” said Daniel Durazo, Director of Marketing and Communications at Allianz Partners USA. “Travel confidence and certainty are returning, and we’re seeing consumers return to pre-pandemic levels of interest, which has the potential to drive travel excitement far beyond 2023.”
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