Two years after the first pandemic-affected holiday season, Americans’ travel plans are shaping up quite a bit differently this year. According to the latest CivicScience data, U.S. adults are prepared to travel and gather in person at a high rate – and are mostly undeterred by COVID concerns.
Slightly more Americans are ‘definitely’ spending Christmas in person with family or friends this year (60%) compared to 2021 (57%) – and that figure is more than double what it was in 2020. Those who are ‘definitely not’ spending Christmas with families or friends are at the lowest point over the last three years (12%).
Despite the slight uptick in planned social gatherings later this month, intent to fly has faded a bit from 2021 (18% compared to 20% last year) – which you might chalk up to inflationary pressures across the board this year and heightened travel costs. Seven-in-ten Americans are not planning to fly anywhere for Christmas.
The pandemic almost certainly won’t be much of a motivating factor for keeping Americans off of airplanes this holiday season. Just over two-thirds of U.S. adults claim their holiday plans or traditions will be ‘not at all’ impacted by the pandemic, which is a substantial increase from each of the past two years. Less than one in ten Americans consider COVID to be a significant impact on their holiday outlook.
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