Post-pandemic traveling: A new poll shows that just over half of Americans (53%) say they will travel more to see loved ones they did not see during the pandemic compared to nearly half of Americans who say they will travel less because they are cautious of being exposed to other people after the pandemic is under control. That’s according to the survey of 2,200 adults by National Geographic and Morning Consult. The survey (highlights below) also found 1 in 3 respondents expect to travel more to make up for not traveling as much during the pandemic.
Considering future travels, the poll found that Americans would feel safer traveling to wilderness areas, such as state parks (42%) compared to urban areas (22%). Curiously, people age 35–44 favored urban areas, but all other age groups opted for the wilderness. Americans also consider familiar places, such as destinations they have traveled before or which regularly host tourists (47%) safer than unfamiliar places, such as off-the-beaten path or remote destinations (19%). Men responded by a 7% margin over women that they would feel safer in familiar places. Based on income, more affluent respondents were even more likely to opt for familiar places over remote destinations.
The sort of permanent lockdown experienced during this pandemic hasn’t changed our family lifestyle at all. We’re stay-at-homes, anyway. Go to town (usually) once a week, shopping. That’s it. Retirees.
Younger days, I wandered the Western World fairly thoroughly. Eastern Canada (visiting kin), bits and pieces of the GOUSA, Scotland, the Highlands and the Hebrides, most of Europe from France to Poland. Mostly on foot or a bicycle. I’m pretty happy doing my traveling, nowadays, online.