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2021 Is the Year of the Road Trip: Study Says Americans Ready to Travel, But Not by Plane


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Harvest Hosts, a membership program that allows self-contained RVers to access unique overnight stays, announced the results of its survey of more than 10,000 respondents, revealing promising plans of increased travel this year---except for the airlines.

To feed their travel bugs, most Americans are planning to travel more this year than they did in 2019, even before the pandemic hit.


What's different now is that travelers' values and priorities are shifting---now focusing on safety, cost-effectiveness and more accommodating travel options for the new normal---and because of this, RV travel has skyrocketed.


"After the rough year we had in 2020, people are itching to hit the road. For many, travel is a basic human necessity. What we're seeing is that you don't have to travel halfway around the world to scratch this itch," said Joel Holland, CEO of Harvest Hosts. "The survey results may seem extreme, but it comes down to the fact that many still have reservations about air travel.


"The data shows that people will continue opting for the safety of road trips, leading to a boom in backyard exploration and growing interest in RVing."


Below are key findings from the survey with a roadmap for what to expect in travel this year.


Almost All Americans Are Planning to Travel More This Year Than 2020 and 2019


While it's unsurprising most people (76%) are planning to travel more than they did in 2020, planned travel is also exceeding 2019 numbers.


  • 76% of respondents said they plan to travel more than they did in 2020
  • 60% of respondents said they plan travel more than they did in 2019 before the pandemic
  • Fewer than a quarter of respondents (24%) said they plan to travel a normal amount with no changes from 2019, and only 13% of Americans said they plan to travel some, but less than they did in 2019
  • Only 2% of respondents said they plan not to travel in 2021


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