While many travelers are making plans to hit the road within a year, only a minority were comfortable traveling in the near term, according to recent Phocuswright travel research.

  • Domestic travel will recover first, even though travelers have varying requirements before they feel it is safe to travel again.
  • Travelers must juggle concerns of being stranded, heightened regulations, closed borders or navigating unfamiliar health systems; the pandemic still feels too fraught to venture far.

At least one in four are already prepared to travel domestically, reaching nine in 10 within a year.


Fewer domestic American travelers are comfortable leaving their regions in the near term than staying close to home, but this should correct by July 2021.

For European travelers, international travel – especially beyond Europe – stirs considerable discomfort. Americans are even more timid about leaving their borders.

It makes sense that frequent travelers will be the first to venture abroad. Travelers who took three or more trips in 2019 express stronger intent to travel outside their home countries and outside of Europe than those who traveled less frequently prior to COVID-19.

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