Survey: 77% of Coloradans Now Comfortable Traveling
Traveler confidence has surged from 39 percent in January to 77 percent in June.
DENVER (July 21, 2021) - Traveler confidence is soaring as vaccinations continue. That's the latest from a new AAA Travel survey that found that nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of Coloradans feel more comfortable traveling now than they did three months ago.
Click here for the full survey results, including Coloradans' opinions on vaccination passports and their willingness to wear masks while traveling.
Over the course of the past three quarterly AAA Travel surveys, Coloradans' comfort level has significantly increased as their concern about COVID-19 waned.
• In January, 71 percent of Coloradans reported concern about contracting COVID-19, and 39 percent felt comfortable traveling.
• In March, 57 percent of Coloradans reported concern about contracting COVID-19, and 47 percent felt comfortable traveling.
• In June, 41 percent of Coloradans reported concern about contracting COVID-19, and 77 percent felt comfortable traveling.
Top reasons Coloradans feel confident traveling:
• Received their COVID-19 vaccination (52 percent)
• More confident in safety measures being implemented (32 percent)
• Less afraid about the dangers of the virus (26 percent)
Of those who already or plan to be vaccinated, 51 percent say travel was a motivating factor.
"AAA has experienced a surge in demand for travel as more Americans have become vaccinated and feel confident in their ability to vacation safely," said Debbie Haas, vice president of travel for AAA - The Auto Club Group. "AAA travel advisors have been inundated with calls from people who want help navigating the growing options for travel. Cruises and guided vacations are fully staffed and typically operating in 2021 with less than full capacity of guests, making a more intimate experience. In addition, these trips are largely inclusive of meals and activities, making it easier to choose a great value for travel in 2021. Our team members who are traveling this summer are having a great time."
Nearly three-quarters, 70 percent, of Coloradans have already traveled or plan to take a trip in 2021 - with 56 percent of them planning a trip sometime between July and September. All told, travel volumes have significantly increased from the 55 percent of Coloradans who traveled at all in 2020.
Coloradans Top 5 Vacations in Q3
• National/State Park (32 percent)
• City/Major Metro Destination (29 percent)
• Beach Destination (23 percent)
• Lake Destination (21 percent)
• Theme Park (18 Percent)
Comfort Grows for Various Travel Types
Throughout the year, the majority of Coloradans felt comfortable using their personal vehicle for a road trip. Increasingly, they're growing comfortable with other travel options:
• 77 percent of Coloradans are comfortable staying in a hotel or resort, up from 56 percent in March and 47 percent in January.
• 78 percent of Coloradans are comfortable renting a car, up from 57 percent in March and 53 percent in January.
• 64 percent of Coloradans are comfortable taking a commercial flight, up from 41 percent in March and 32 percent in January.
A growing number of Coloradans are back on board with the idea of cruising - with 46 percent reporting comfort with taking an ocean or river cruise. More than a third, 41 percent, plan to cruise in the future.
"We are seeing tremendous enthusiasm among travelers who are ready to set sail on a cruise," Haas continued. "Ships are filling up fast in 2021. Next year is looking even stronger, as 2022 cruise bookings with AAA are outpacing what we saw in 2019. New options for cruising in 2021 are emerging weekly, so travel advisors can watch for options if they know your interests."
Two in five (40 percent) of Coloradans find it challenging to understand the COVID-related requirements for international travel. That's because restrictions and protocols can vary depending on the destination and type of trip, and change as governments adapt to the local situation.
"The value of a travel advisor is greater now than ever before," Haas continued. "AAA travel advisors have exclusive tools to quickly navigate requirements for each destination, helping travelers make informed decisions and prepare for their trip. Additionally, we leverage long-standing relationships with travel providers to provide options and special benefits that travelers can't find anywhere else."
Nearly half of Coloradans (46 percent) say they are more likely to purchase travel insurance now than before the pandemic began.
"Travelers were quickly reminded last year that unexpected events can impact your trip at any time," Haas continued. "Travel insurance is extremely important in today's environment. There are various policies that can help offset unexpected out of pocket expenses, in case you get sick or your trip is cancelled or delayed. Plus, Travel Insurance provides a range of coverage options in the event that a hurricane disrupts your travel plans. Our travel advisors can help you choose a policy that will allow you to relax and enjoy your vacation."
About the AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey
The AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey was conducted online among residents living in Colorado from June 16-25, 2021. A total of 400 residents completed the survey. Survey results asked of all respondents have a maximum margin of error of ± 4.9% points. Responses are weighted by age and gender to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the adult population (18+) in Colorado.
About AAA - The Auto Club Group
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