According to the latest Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, the percentage of travelers who report that rising gas prices will “greatly impact” their travel in the next six months jumped from 29 percent on March 2 to 38 percent on March 16.
A third of travelers now say they will reduce the number of trips they will take, and a similar percentage say they are choosing destinations closer to home. In contrast, only 21 percent of travelers say COVID-19 will greatly impact their travel in the next six months, near the lowest level since the pandemic began two years ago.
Concerns about COVID-19 continue to fade, with 73 percent of travelers feeling safe traveling outside their communities and 69 percent supporting the opening of their communities to visitors, both pandemic highs. And 73 percent feel safe dining in local restaurants and shopping in local stores.
The survey, supported by Miles Partnership, was fielded March 16, 2022 using a national sample randomly drawn from a consumer panel of 1,000 adults, ages 18 and over. Quotas were used to match Census targets for age, gender, and region to make the survey representative of the U. S. population.
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