Length, shoulder length? New Survey Shows 85% of Americans Plan to Travel This Fall – TripIt Blog

The finishing, and the crowds, and the prices—oh. Americans learned another important lesson this summer: Expect the unexpected when traveling.

Last month, we asked more than 1,700 US-based TripIt users about their new and upcoming travel plans. According to our survey data, nearly all Americans (97%) have traveled in the past six months. Domestic air travel is the top way (82%), followed by road travel with a private car (59%). More than a third (41%) flew internationally.

And with flying in this season of unknown problems – namely, staffing problems, delays and cancellations, and lost or delayed cargo – comes wisdom: almost all travelers (93%) said they would plan differently for their next trip.

What does that mean? And what will ongoing factors, such as inflation and COVID-19, play in the travel planning process? Here’s what travelers say.

Risks are the biggest new concern for American travelers

Our data shows that being able to cancel, delay or change is the biggest worry for travelers, with 70% of people saying they worry about them the most when they travel. This is a jump of 29% from the survey data we released in June.

However, the cost of travel (34%) and the possibility of canceling or changing a trip due to COVID-19 (33%) are second and third.

It’s not hard to see why things have changed: More than half (57%) of those who have flown in the past six months have experienced some form of disruption.


What are the consequences (if any) of these problems? From a financial point of view, only 16% of those who experienced the disturbance received compensation. Of those who were paid, the majority (33%) earned between $101 and $500.

Interestingly, 73% of respondents who experienced a disturbance did not receive or ask for compensation. And maybe because people don’t know how: The Airline Customer Service Dashboard aims to help travelers request some form of compensation when something goes wrong.

The problems – whether foreseen or read about in the media headlines – made travelers decide to plan differently: Almost all respondents (93%) said they changed their behavior when preparing for a trip..

Our data shows:

  • 52% said they arrived at the airport earlier than usual
  • 45% book travel plans (eg, flights, accommodations) with brands/providers they trust
  • 44% plan ahead for delays (eg, bring snacks and reading material to the airport)
  • 41% protection against checking a bag
  • Only 34% book air travel directly (versus using a third-party website)
  • 30% choose flights with long layovers
  • 23% used bag tracking technology (like Apple AirTags)

Road travelers are not exempt from problems. For more than a third (36%) of people who traveled by car in the last six months, hiccups also affected their journey. Of those who experienced traffic problems, 29% paid more for gas than expected, 17% contended with longer than expected driving times, and 10% said their rental car was not as expected.

And when it comes to problems, the weather can often play a role: Our data shows that 12% of trips were affected by storms in the last six months.

Americans are moving with family, friends, and fall trips

Even though it’s a difficult time, nearly all Americans (99%) are planning trips in the next year. Nearly two-thirds (64%) are planning a trip to visit family and/or friends in the next year. More than half (54%) go on vacation; 45% go for work.


Speaking of fall trips, our data suggests an atypical shoulder season ahead. This means that typical shoulder season looks are harder to come by—the less tourists, the more available.

Indeed, our data shows that in mid-November, 85% of Americans plan to travel. Nearly two-thirds (64%) plan to fly domestically; 42% are planning a road trip; and 32% plan to fly internationally.

Inflation affects America’s travel plans

As noted above, for one-third of Americans, cost is the most important factor in planning a trip. Why? For starters, inflation is a big deal: more than half (57%) of Americans say inflation has affected their travel plans next year.


In addition to the impact on travel plans, inflation (52%) is the primary driver for those travelers who say they will increase travel in the coming year. In addition to rising costs, travelers cite rising airfares (49%) and gas prices (29%) as reasons they are increasing travel.

Three out of three (36%) said they plan to spend more on travel in the next year, 40% will spend $1,500 to $5,000 more. Up to 13% intend to spend over $ 10,000 more than usual.

Of those who plan to cut back on travel—just 13% of people—the majority (74%) plan to plan less travel as a way to cut costs. .

And what about those who say—now—they plan to continue spending regularly (51% of travelers)? If the prices keep on even more, 78% said they would change their behavior in some way. Many people turn to places and miles as a way to save money (36%), but almost as many (35%) use it to travel less.

While many travelers plan to spend, it appears many are hoping prices will drop – especially those planning holiday and winter travel. Less than half (40%) of respondents said they have already booked their holiday and/or winter travel plans. Almost a quarter (24%) said they would book in September; 17% plan to book in October; 6% will hold until November.

As for what’s to come for the rest of 2022, we expect domestic travel to continue on the way with 91% of people with travel plans flying domestically in the next 12 months. This has been a trend ever since we were first introduced in March of this year. It was the first time, since the start of the pandemic, that more travelers said they planned to travel home by plane than by car.

And when they go, Americans are prepared: They arrive with a plan, budget accordingly, and keep their eyes peeled for falling prices.

Procedure: TripIt surveyed more than 1,700 users across the US to understand their past and future travel habits, as well as their current and future travel habits. to travel problems and rising costs. The review was conducted on August 16-22, 2022.

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