Nearly four months after the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic, the travel industry is beginning to get back to business. Virtuoso hotels around the world are welcoming guests (with strict new protocols in place), countries are cautiously reopening their borders, and airlines are adding more routes to their schedules to satisfy demand. For those emerging from quarantine with a serious case of wanderlust, there just may be some 2020 adventure in the cards.
Earlier this month, we asked Virtuoso travelers how they feel about vacationing in light of the pandemic, and more than 3,000 of them responded. With curves flattening in some parts of the world and cases spiking in others, we weren’t surprised to see a pretty split answer to the top question: “Are you ready to travel again?” While 42.5 percent of travelers said yes, 49.5 percent said no, and 11.7 percent still aren’t sure.
More than 84 percent of travelers age 18-25 and 62 percent of travelers ages 26-55 are ready to travel, compared to 36 percent of travelers age 56-76 and 27 percent older than 77. Translation: The older the traveler, the less likely they’re ready, possibly due to health concerns. And while 11.4 percent of those ready to travel would go right now, the majority (35.8 percent) estimated they’d like to take a trip within the next three months.