Many travelers are enjoying the uncertainty that comes with travel since the pandemic. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, travelers are more spontaneous when planning and booking trips. Many people now book trips last minute, which is now becoming the norm booking practice and sparking happiness.
Americans are booking trips to destinations they aren’t familiar with
According to a recent survey by Skyscanner, 53% of Americans surveyed reported that they’ve booked trips to destinations they know nothing about.
Shockingly, 56% of Americans surveyed said they arrived to the airport with no particular destination in mind.
Americans are really excited about being more spontaneous when it comes to travel. 77% of those surveyed say they’re spontaneous. 54% of respondents shared that they’ve booked a spontaneous trip. Almost half of those respondents (46%) say that it felt more exciting to do so.
The impact of the pandemic
“The impact of the pandemic and ever-evolving travel restrictions has reignited the appetite for spontaneous travel, with three-fourths of U.S. respondents (75 percent) saying that the events of the last two-and-a-half years have made them want to be more spontaneous,” says Laura Lindsay, Global Travel Expert, Skyscanner.
Are there benefits to spontaneous travel?
Skyscanner tapped psychologist Emma Kenny about the psychology behind spontaneous travel.
Kenny shares, “One common stress is the decision-making involved in the holiday planning process. This is why forgoing the methodical organization that so often goes hand in hand with a planned holiday and instead choosing to enjoy an impromptu break can be so liberating.”
“Nothing is quite as thrilling as seeing a new place for the first time, and the excitement and instant gratification that comes with that,” adds Kenny.
She concludes saying, “Whilst it may seem scary to just pack a bag and hop on a plane to take a chance on an unknown destination, you will psychologically benefit, as this creates a ‘can do’ attitude and will remind you of the limitless possibilities that are out there. And because you have no clear set agenda, or plans, every step you take will involve a sense of adventure, which is truly freeing.”
Read the full survey findings here.
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