It will take the majority of Americans at least 60 days after "experts sound the all clear" on Covid-19 before they feel comfortable resuming travel, a survey released this week concluded.
The survey of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted April 8 to 10 by Mower, a marketing, advertising and public relations agency, asked respondents to gauge their appetite for travel the day after restrictions ease, 30 days later and 60 days later.
Twenty-eight percent of respondents said they would feel comfortable taking a vacation by car the day after restrictions are eased, 16% said they would feel comfortable flying and 12% said they would feel comfortable traveling internationally.
By the 30th day after restrictions ease, 51% of respondents said, they would feel comfortable taking a vacation by car; 24% said they'd be comfortable flying and 23% said they'd be comfortable traveling internationally. Seventy-three percent said they would be comfortable vacationing by car after 60 days, 56% would feel comfortable flying and 42% would feel comfortable traveling internationally.
The survey also gauged traveler sentiment on hotels versus private vacation rentals. Eighteen percent of respondents said they'd be comfortable staying in a hotel on Day One, versus 40% on Day 30 and 65% on Day 60. For vacation rentals, 17% of respondents reported they would be comfortable on Day One, versus 35% on Day 30 and 53% on Day 60.
Mower also gauged Americans' sentiment regarding venues where they would feel comfortable once the pandemic subsides. Twenty-six percent said they'd feel comfortable at a public park or beach on Day One, 52% by Day 30 and 72% by Day 60.
Fifteen percent said they'd feel comfortable at a theme park on Day One, 32% by Day 30 and 55% by Day 60; 14% would feel comfortable at a casino on Day One, 29% on Day 30 and 49% on Day 60.
The survey did not explicitly define what conditions would constitute a "Day One" but did ask respondents: "When will Covid-19 be over (Day One)?" In response, 16% said it would be when the virus is no longer present in the U.S., and 13% replied it would be when cases decrease in the U.S.
Respondents were also asked whom they trusted to provide information on the virus and when it was safe to resume normal activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was deemed to be the most trustworthy source, at 57%, above state, local or federal governments, according to a Mower representative.