But travelers are practicing cautious optimism. The caution: 26% of travelers have made plans they are prepared to cancel if necessary. The optimism: despite rising concerns about the Delta variant, only 1% of respondents that traveled in the past six months report having contracted, or traveled with someone who contracted, COVID-19 during a trip.
Based on a survey of more than 1,500 U.S.-based TripIt users, additional key findings include:
- Delta variant impacts: More than a quarter (28%) of travelers said they have canceled or changed plans due to the Delta variant. Of those who changed or canceled plans, 27% lost money, some up to $5,000. Additionally, 25% of travelers are holding off making plans due to the Delta variant. And 26% said they have made plans they are prepared to cancel or change.
- 2021 holiday travel: As of September, some respondents said they’re planning Thanksgiving (19%) and winter holiday (27%) trips. Of those planning to book travel for the holidays, respondents said they’re planning to book Thanksgiving (28%) and winter holiday (20%) travel one month in advance.
- New items on the travel checklist: Of those who traveled in the past six months, 60% carried their COVID-19 vaccination card with them on their trip. More than a quarter (29%) had to take a COVID-19 test before their trip and only 4% had to quarantine upon arrival or when they returned home. Additionally, just 1% of travelers had to cancel a trip due to a positive COVID-19 test result.