Americans are already dreaming of post-vaccine travel — and their top destinations are the world's biggest cities
- When the news of potential coronavirus vaccines broke, some people immediately started planning their next vacation.
Skyscannersaw spikes in both searches and bookings on the days that news of a potential coronavirus vaccinehit.
- While the pandemic had travelers avoiding big cities, when news of the Pfizer vaccine broke, people started searching for big cities once more.
- When news of Moderna's vaccine hit, travelers started dreaming bigger and began searching for more international destinations.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that "
travelincreases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19."
When the news of potential coronavirus vaccines broke, the world uttered a collective sigh of relief.
And, despite the fact that the vaccines likely won't be available to everyone in the US until May 2021, some people have immediately started planning their next vacation.Travel search engine Skyscanner told Insider that on November 9, 2020, when news of Pfizer's promising vaccine broke, searches for economy class round-trips from the US increased by 39% compared to the previous day. Bookings jumped 25%.
On November 9, tentative travelers kept their potential trips pretty local, with US destinations making up most of the top 10.However, what US cities Americans were searching for came as a surprise, as most of the list consisted of large cities, with New York, Los Angeles, and Miami rounding out the top three.
Most experts predicted travel reboundingMark Crossey, the US Traveler Expert for Skyscanner, said that US travelers are emboldened by most airlines' scrapped change fees.
"The emergence of truly flexible travel fares has not gone unnoticed, and US travelers are taking advantage," he said, adding that low fares and flexibility will likely be around for a while to encourage bookings.
He added that the post-vaccine news spike just shows how unwavering Americans' appetite for travel is.Insider reported in April that many experts predicted this, agreeing that while the question of when and how long it will take to get there was unclear, travel would rebound swiftly.
"People's desire to travel is resilient," a TripAdvisor spokesperson previously said in a statement to Insider. "What we've seen through SARS, Ebola, terrorist attacks, and numerous natural disasters is that the travel industry has always rebounded."
"Humans need to travel. That is a fundamental aspect of what it is to be human," Ross Dawson, author and futurist, told Insider in April.Konrad Waliszewski, CEO and co-founder of TripScout, told Insider that he sees the news of the vaccine as "the first major morale boost since March" for travelers.
From big cities like London and Los Angeles to European hotspots such as Paris and Amsterdam, Americans can't wait to visit big cities once there's a vaccine
The top 10 destination searches for November 9, 2020, when news of the Pfizer vaccine's 90% efficacy rate broke:
- New York City
- Los Angeles
- Las Vegas
The top 10 destination searches for November 16, 2020, when news of the Moderna vaccine's 94.5% efficacy rate broke:
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