51 million Americans are expected to travel for the Labor Day holiday
An increase in confirmed coronavirus cases and the emergence of the Delta variety aren’t enough to discourage Americans from traveling during the Labor Day weekend.
According to a ValuePenguin survey, 20 percent of respondents (51 million individuals) stated they will travel over Labor Day, with six-figure incomes (32 percent), parents with children under the age of 18 (30 percent), and Gen Xers being the most likely to go (25 percent).
While there is still a high demand for travel during the end-of-summer holiday season, about 29 million US citizens (11% of the population) have canceled their plans due to concerns about coronavirus and the Delta variant.
Florida is the most popular out-of-state Labor Day travel destination for Americans (38 percent), followed by California and New York, both with 8%. Fortunately, 57 percent of travelers insured their vacation, with 38 percent purchasing a travel insurance policy and 19 percent obtaining protection through their credit card.
This year, 70% of tourists will drive to their destinations, while the remaining 23% will take a commercial flight. In terms of lodging, 44 percent of respondents said they would stay at a hotel or resort, outnumbering vacation rentals and staying with friends or family.
In terms of coronavirus protection, less than 40% of passengers intend to mask up both indoors and outside throughout their trip, with 27% using a mask solely indoors, 17% when required, and 17% not wearing one at all.
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