After spending a year at home, Americans are setting off on a trip again and making up for lost time by booking their dream vacation. According to a new survey by Hilton, 59% of those polled plan to return to travel with a list of vacations they would not have considered before the pandemic. The survey analyzed the impact of COVID-19 on Americans’ travel habits and determined their most searched wishlist destinations. Major locations included international and national landmarks such as the Grand Canyon, the Eiffel Tower, Niagara Falls, the Statue of Liberty, the Coliseum in Rome, and the Las Vegas Strip.
The survey, which was conducted by market research firm OnePoll and included responses from 2,000 American adults, showed a strong desire to start traveling after the pandemic: 64% of Americans agreed they desperately needed a vacation, especially as 26% did not. had been on vacation for over a year at the time of the survey.
âThe results show that international and domestic destinations are high on Americans’ wish lists for their next vacation,â said Jenna Hackett, head of global brand Curio Collection by Hilton. âIt’s no surprise that 30% strongly agree that they will book a dream vacation that they would not normally have considered. Our customers seek these authentic and unique experiences, especially after more than a year without having made any travel memories. . “
A domestic travel mindset
Since many go from vacation vacations to dream vacations, survey respondents rated domestic travel as their best bet for a bucket list trip. In fact, 57% of those polled said they would be more comfortable traveling to the United States on their first post-pandemic vacation. The top U.S. cities Americans plan to visit are Honolulu (29%), New York (25%), and Las Vegas (24%).
Additional cities on respondents’ travel wishlist:
- Los Angeles (selected by 21% of respondents)
- Miami (selected by 20%)
- New Orleans (selected by 20%)
- San Francisco (selected by 19%)
- San Diego (selected by 18%)
While many plan to stay in the United States this year, there was still a great desire to travel abroad. European countries top the international wishlist, with Italy the most popular destination with 26%, closely followed by the UK (24%), France (20%) and Greece (18 %).
While travelers consider the specific cities they want to explore, Rome was the top choice with almost 27%. Paris and London were close second at 26% and 25%, respectively.
Other international travel destinations on the wishlist:
- Venice, Italy (23%)
- Sydney (22%)
- Dublin (20%)
- Tokyo (18%)
- Barcelona (17%)
- Amsterdam (17%)
- Madrid (16%)
âWhether traveling overseas or at home, we’ve found that customers today are increasingly looking to immerse themselves in the local scene, especially during this dream vacation,â said Phil Cordell. , responsible for the Canopy by Hilton global brand. âIf they are looking for these unique moments, they also want to immerse themselves in the culture of their destination, as evidenced by 29% of those questioned who wanted access to explore the neighboring region and city and almost one in five wanting feel like a local.
Travelers are also ready to go all-in on their dream vacation: 30% said a top priority would be to book an all-inclusive vacation.
Additional results of the consumer survey:
- Two in five respondents plan to visit family members they did not see during the pandemic and 27% plan to travel with friends and family. In fact, 38% of those surveyed said spending quality time with friends and family is one of the top things they miss on travel.
- Most respondents plan to stay at their destination longer (59%) and travel longer (46%) than they would have done before.
- Safety is always a top priority for consumers when it comes to travel this summer. The top priorities when booking their next vacation are to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (48%) and to ensure that their hotel has COVID-19 cleaning protocols and security measures (35%) ).
The survey also found that nearly half of those polled (49%) said they used the pandemic as an opportunity to save more money for a dream vacation than they always had on their wish list. , while 55% said they plan to spend more than they are. usually would on their next trip since they haven’t traveled for some time: an average of $ 2,173.11.