STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK. It’s no secret that travel has changed drastically over the past few years.
According to a recent survey and Fodor’s Travel article, the problems travelers face have only increased over the past year. Ironically, despite the fears, the poll also showed that the majority of Americans will still be traveling this year – 87% of those planning to travel will be traveling in the summer, mostly domestically.
Fodor’s Travel dives into these travel-related issues and provides data on the number of readers affected by these issues.
COVID-19: COVID-19 is a major concern for travelers, Fodor said, as the pandemic continues to impact Americans’ daily lives for more than two years. If you travel to a destination with a rise in cases, 53% of Fodor readers would cancel travel plans.
Similarly, 51% worry about contracting COVID-19 and spreading the disease while traveling. Travel restrictions and requirements go hand in hand with the pandemic, with 39% of Fodor readers citing these restrictions as a problem.
Ukraine: The poll also showed that travelers are concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with 36% of readers worried about the potential risks associated with traveling to Europe. The Russian occupation began on February 20, 2022, and the destruction of Ukraine and its people has continued ever since.
Inflation: Another key issue that summer travelers face, according to Fodor’s Travel, is inflation, which currently affects 31% of readers. According to the collected data, the measures taken by travelers include changing the destination, reducing the cost of hotel accommodation, reducing the cost of food and reducing vacations. Despite noticeably higher gas prices, according to Fodor, 73% of readers are still willing to travel.
American vacation budgets are also high this year. Fodor’s reports that 30% of readers plan to spend between $2,501 and $5,000, and 15% will spend $10,000 on their travels.
Growing crimes: Further, despite the increase in crime in the United States this year, Fodor’s readers are not as concerned about this potential travel risk, with 15% citing crime as a travel problem and 12% as terrorism.
Flight cancellations: Finally, 27% of readers named flight cancellations as the most annoying aspect of current travel. Delays and cancellations, according to Fodor, are not only inconvenient and frustrating, but also costly.
A delayed reader’s personal experience from Guatemala City to Miami illustrates the problem: “[E]badly needed hotel rooms. The queue to the support service lined up for hours. They booked every hotel in the area so I had to Uber to three different locations but was told they were all sold out. It’s midnight and my flight is rescheduled for 6am the next day. I finally found a hotel that had a few rooms left and I had to pay out of my own pocket as the voucher the American gave me was for the first hotel sold out. I sent receipts for…