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Poll: Americans’ Optimism Grows Over Possibility of Resuming Travel

Poll: Americans’ Optimism Grows Over Possibility of Resuming Travel

If the COVID-19 pandemic has you reminiscing about past trips – and you are looking forward to travel when the crisis is over – you might be sharing the sentiment of many others, posits Victory State Bank in Staten Island, N.Y. The results of a survey released May 19 by InsureMyTrip, a major travel insurance comparison website, revealed Americans are more optimistic about the possibility of future trips than they were a few weeks ago. The poll included approximately 4,000 U.S. respondents.

“When people get more comfortable, they’ll continue to go farther and farther away from home, starting with domestic trips and then moving to international, long-term,” said InsureMyTrip Director of eCommerce Cheryl Golden.

According to the survey:


  • 30 percent polled say they may travel by 2021, at the earliest, and once restrictions are lifted
  • 21 percent hope to travel by the end of this year
  • 15 percent say they will possibly travel this fall
  • 13 percent say travel is not yet on their radar
  • 11 percent will likely travel this summer if restrictions are lifted
  • 10 percent of travelers will travel as soon as possible


  • 47 percent of travelers are discouraged from traveling this summer
  • 23 percent polled say they are concerned about traveling this summer
  • 18 percent remain hopeful
  • 12 percent can’t wait to take a summer vacation

InsureMyTrip stated the following:

“For international trips, bookings will hinge on the status of coronavirus restrictions and consumer confidence levels in air travel once greater safety measures are in place. Experts agree we still have a long way to go before stabilization occurs.

“Domestic trips appear to show stronger signs for a faster rebound.

For both international and domestic trips, travelers should buy travel insurance to guard against covered COVID-19 related travel threats. Travelers can visit the Travel Insurance & Coronavirus resource hub for more information on Cancel For Any Reason coverage.”