As we set our sights on the future of travel in the coming years, we decided to send a survey to our database to hear their feedback. We asked them to take a few minutes to share their personal thoughts (anonymously) on international travel within the next couple of years. Below are the results we received and how we plan on using this information moving forward.
Have you traveled internationally in the last three years?
68.8% – Yes
31.2% – No
We started by asking a simple yes/no question: have you traveled internationally within the last three years? This would help us determine how often people are traveling internationally in order to predict future travel opportunities. Not surprisingly, nearly 70% of respondents confirmed that they have traveled outside of the United States since 2017.
If No: Why did you decide to not travel?
41.8% – COVID-19
26.2% – Finances
15.4% – Health or Family Circumstances
5.1% – Political or Economic Uncertainty
11.5% – Other
2020 presented an obstacle to the travel industry unlike any other. When we asked those who answered “no” to the previous question, we assumed many answers would focus on the pandemic. We were correct – over 40% of respondents said that they did not travel internationally within the last three years due to COVID-19. Other responses ranged from finances, health/family circumstances, political and economic uncertainty, etc.
If Yes: Did you travel within Europe?
76.8% – Yes
23.2% – No
As a travel company, we strive to provide our travelers with opportunities to visit the countries they want to visit the most. Because Europe is our passion and sole focus, we weren’t surprised at the number of respondents who traveled there. However, we do travel to other countries outside of our “normal” destinations as well. Request a quote from our team to see what we can do for you.
Do you plan on traveling internationally within the next three years?
22% – Yes, in 2021
54.8% – Yes, in 2022
17% – Yes, in 2023
6.2% – No
This question yielded the most positive results by far. We were extremely pleased to see that the majority of respondents are planning to travel internationally within the next three years. Over half said they are planning to travel in 2022 which is a trend we have seen an increase in the last few months. If you are looking to travel to Europe, we recommend starting the process sooner rather than later. Many travelers have had to rebook their 2020 and 2021 trips, and we are already seeing 2022 fill up quickly.
Which destination(s) are you most likely to visit in the next three years? Select all that apply.
57.8% – Ireland
49.1% – Scotland
37.3% – England
27% – Italy
21.1% – Wales
16.6% – Germany
15.2% – France
14.1% – Spain
12.8% – Iceland
11.8% – Portugal
11.3% – Switzerland
8.8% – Norway
6.1% – Sweden
5.1% – Denmark
3.5% – Finland
3.4% – Greece
Determining which destinations are the most popular is crucial to defining our marketing and customer service strategies. As we continue to expand across Europe, it’s important to know which countries our current customers are looking to travel to. We have some exciting expansion plans in the works — make sure you subscribe to our VIP list to be among the first to know of new destination launches!
What is your preferred method of travel? Select all that apply.
40.1% – Self Drive
18.5% – Rail
17.6% – Chauffeur / Private Driver
Our self-drive itineraries are by far the most popular as they offer the most flexibility for your trip abroad. As a tour operator that specializes in creating customized vacation packages, we offer a handful of travel options. Whether you prefer to drive yourself, have a private driver, take a train or a combination of those options, we can make it happen. Request a quote and receive a free 30-minute travel consultation to learn more about your options.
What types of accommodations do you prefer? Select all that apply.
57.3% – 3- and 4-star hotels
49.2% – Bed and breakfasts
37.2% – Castle hotels or manor homes
19.5% – 5-star hotels
We find that many of our travelers enjoy seeing as much as possible while traveling, so they tend to stay in city center hotels that allow them easy access to the city’s best attractions. Bed and breakfasts are a great option for those who are looking to immerse themselves into the culture and feel as though they are one of the locals. Castle hotels and manor homes offer a luxurious backdrop to your vacation as they often are paired with a variety of world-class amenities such as golf, gourmet restaurants, spas and horseback riding.
What do you miss the most about traveling? Select all that apply.
90.6% – Experiencing new cultures, places and food
53.9% – Feeling connected with other people
48.1% – Escaping from everyday life
40.6% – Quality time with loved ones
Traveling allows us to simultaneously disconnect and reconnect. As we grow our company and expand our destinations and services, we need to know what our travelers’ obstacles are as well as what motivates them. Learning what inspires each of you to travel is critical to providing the best experience we possibly can. We have heard such positive feedback from you, and we are looking forward to seeing the world with you again soon.
Let’s see where we go, together.