With travel on hold right now, many Americans are eager to get out to explore the world, constantly looking forward to their next trip. Travel isn’t the only thing Americans are missing right now: Sporting events and concerts are canceled and theme parks are closed, leaving people itching for entertainment or adventure.
According to a poll done by Mower, an independent marketing, advertising and public relations agency, most Americans may not feel comfortable returning to travel the day we are given the greenlight. Mower polled a random sampling of 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older regarding how comfortable they would be returning to various common activities when the restrictions are lifted. The survey revealed 60 days will pass before a majority of Americans feel comfortable returning to most travel-related activities.
When it comes to transportation, Americans are more likely to hit the open road than fly through the skies. Half of Americans will feel comfortable taking a vacation by car by Day 30 and it will be Day 60 before half will fly in a plane. Only 42 percent think they will travel internationally by Day 60 and 22 percent say they have never or would never venture beyond the United States.
As for accommodations, hotels will be more trusted than privately-owned vacation rentals. Only one in five Americans would feel comfortable staying in either a hotel or privately-owned vacation rental on Day 1; by Day 30, travelers are more likely to stay in a hotel; and by Day 60 Americans are 23 percent less likely to check into a hotel over a privately-owned rental.
When it comes to recreation and leisure activities, one in four Americans would head to the beach on Day 1, and, by Day 60, almost three in four would be comfortable at the beach. Theme parks, spas and casinos aren’t as promising as the beach; only one in seven Americans would feel comfortable returning Day 1 and roughly half by Day 60.
The small colonial town of Valladolid in the center of the Yucatan peninsula is easy to see in a day or two, but when you’re not roaming the streets, snapping photos of the brightly colored houses and buildings, swimming in the nearby cenote or admiring the architecture of the 16th-century convent of San Bernardino de Siena, consider passing time in the multipurpose Hostería del Marqués, a hotel that offers more than just lodging.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Munich Airport is prepared for increased air traffic and passenger numbers with an extensive package of measures to protect against infection. The new rules of conduct will be made known through regular announcements, posters, video screens and an increased staff presence. Cleaning frequency will also increase and in areas where passengers linger. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed throughout the airport and passengers and employees will be required to wear masks.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced a collaboration with John Hopkins Medicine International on its Lead With Care global health and safety program. John Hopkins Medicine experts will review and validate the Lead With Care program, which will then be implemented at Four Seasons properties around the world.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
Saint Lucia announced a phased plan to reopen island tourism responsibly, beginning June 4. Phase One includes welcoming international flights at Hewanorra International Airport from the United States only. In preparation, 1,500 hotel rooms are being prepared to open. The approach to reopening continues through July 31.
HIKING ALONG A PATH THROUGH THE FOREST, the only sounds I heard were the wind rustling through the leaves, the flow of a distant waterfall and, from time to time, the soft sounds of chatter from the others in my group. Missing were the sounds of traffic rushing by, car horns and the din of the everyday world in which most of us live. On this part of the Japan Hiking – Kumano Kodo & Nakasendo trip with REI Adventures, just the eight of us were on the trail, not another human in sight. An eco-adventure at its best, and it was glorious.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Iceland’s otherworldly landscape made the perfect backdrop for the beloved Game of Thrones, which did some filming here. Iceland’s angry volcanoes, unbridled seas, ubiquitous rainbows, explosive geysers, waterfalls, glaciers, lava fields and jaw-dropping Northern Lights make it like no destination on earth.