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SURVEY: Many Americans have canceled Labor Day plans due to COVID-19

Posted at 2:48 PM, Aug 25, 2020

New data from a recent NerdWallet survey, conducted online by The Harris Poll among over 2,000 U.S. adults, about Americans’ travel plans and how they’ve been impacted by COVID-19.

Key findings include:

-- Millennials are most likely to have had Labor Day weekend travel plans. A NerdWallet survey found that roughly 2 in 5 Americans (41%) have/had plans to travel for Labor Day weekend. Millennials (ages 24-39) are more likely than other generations to have/had plans to travel for Labor Day (60% vs. 48% of Zers ages 18-23, 38% of Xers ages 40-55, & 27% of boomers ages 56-74).

-- Nearly half of Americans with Labor Day weekend travel plans canceled due to COVID-19. Of Americans who have/had Labor Day weekend travel plans this year, 55% cancelled those plans. Nearly half of Americans who had plans (49%) cited COVID-19 as their reason for canceling. 27% of Americans who had/have plans still plan to travel with an overnight stay.

-- Americans largely favor driving as means of transportation. Of Americans still planning to travel during Labor Day weekend with an overnight stay, the majority (86%) plan to drive to their destination. Only about 1 in 5 (22%) plan to fly.
Close to half of Americans traveling overnight will stay in hotels. Of Americans still planning to travel overnight, 47% say they’ll stay in a hotel or motel, 31% say they’ll stay in the home of a friend or family member, and 22% will stay in a rental property.

-- Close to 7 in 10 Americans planning Labor Day weekend travel with an overnight stay (68%) say COVID-19 has impacted their Labor Day weekend plans. 30% of those whose travel plans were impacted by COVID-19 say they’ll take a shorter vacation than usual, while 25% will stay closer to home than usual. 21% will drive when they usually fly and 11% will stay in a rental property, when they usually stay in a hotel.

The full graphic breakdown can be viewed here.