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Travellers booking in shorter windows

In the third quarter of 2021, 70% of global travel searches fell within a 0-30 day search window, a recent study has shown. 


This is a 15% increase over the last quarter and shows a return to shorter term trip planning, a report by Expedia Group revealed. 



According to the 2021 Fall Global Rescue Traveler Sentiment and Safety Survey, traveller confidence is surging, and is driving a significant rebound in travel activity. 


In the US, which can provide a glimpse into our own travelling future, nearly 86% of travellers have already taken domestic trips, and 42% have travelled internationally.  


“Between April and October, there’s been a 74% jump in people taking domestic trips and an enormous 207% increase in individuals travelling internationally,” said Dan Richards, the CEO of Global Rescue and a member of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.  


Fear of COVID-19-related quarantine or infection while travelling declined by 37% compared to January 2021, the survey revealed. 


Three out of four survey respondents said they are “less” or “much less” concerned about travel today compared to the beginning of the pandemic, reflecting a 65% improvement in individual concerns about travel compared to traveller attitudes at the beginning of 2021. 


“As COVID-19 fears subside, people are significantly less concerned about travel,” Richards said.  


Vaccination prevalence, its efficacy and the declining infection rates are contributing to a return to travel normalcy. According to the survey, 73% of travellers reported being vaccinated, or having recovered from a COVID-19 infection, makes them feel safe enough to travel.  


More than half of respondents (53%) said having medical evacuation protection gives them sufficient peace of mind to travel.


Respondents said rescue service from point of injury or illness, including COVID-19, and transport to a medical facility were more important than Cancel For Any Reason travel insurance protecting against financial loss from last-minute trip cancellation or disruption. 


“Since the pandemic, there’s been a 30% increase in travellers designating medical evacuation as the most important travel protection needed. COVID-19 brought to light the limitations of travel insurance and the importance of having a separate medical support and evacuation safety net that includes medical evacuation and transport for COVID-19,” Richards said.  


A third of survey takers (36%) said choosing uncrowded or remote destinations was an important factor to feel safe enough to travel. 

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Published: 10 November 2021

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