Survey Says People Ready to Travel Domestically If Safety Protocols Are Met

A new study of more than 14,000 North American travelers found that people may be ready to resume their domestic travel plans, even as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

According to the survey from and, 43% of respondents to the survey say they're ready to take a road trip sometime in 2020 with 63% of those saying they'd be willing to drive up to 300 miles for a vacation.

"Our customers are telling us that they would like to travel soon,'' said Carlos Chilin, general manager of and "They've indicated that a big factor for their decisions will be the health and safety protocols implemented to make them feel protected. Tourist locations in the United States have a big opportunity to capitalize on the pent-up demand that should come as travel increases.''

The travel industry was among the hardest hit when safer-at-home orders were first issued amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

However, the survey found that most respondents - about 75% of people - are still holding off on re-booking plans they previously canceled. About 57% of people said they would rather travel domestic rather than go on a trip outside the country.

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