How are Americans likely to travel this year to reach their holiday destination?
August 5th, 2022, Janice Fernandes

How are Americans likely to travel this year to reach their holiday destination?

After limited travel in the last two years due to the pandemic, people are eager to see a little more of the world this summer. Data from YouGov Global Travel Profiles reveals that in July 2022, over half of Americans (54%) intend to go on a trip in the next 12 months.

But how do people plan to travel to their destinations? Using data from a new YouGov Realtime survey, we look at the modes of transport likely to be used by travelers in the United States.

Despite rising fuel prices, nearly three-quarters of Americans (73%) say that the next time they travel, they will be driving themselves to the destination – either in an owned personal vehicle (61%) or a rented one (12%).

Slightly over a quarter of consumers opt for airplanes (29%) – though this figure could be impacted by the recent flight delays seen across the country.

Roughly one in ten Americans (12%) will likely use public transport on their next trip. That share is halved among people who would pick cruise liners as their preferred of mode of transport (6%).

Although a plurality of consumers across all age groups prefer to travel by their own personal vehicle, older Americans are more likely to pick this option – 69% of 55+-year-olds. Over a third of consumers aged 18-34 years old (34%) pick airplanes as their preferred mode of travel. Planes, though, are less likely to be a popular mode of transport among 35-54-year-olds (28%) and those aged 55+ (25%).

Methodology: YouGov RealTime Omnibus provides quick survey results from nationally representative or targeted audiences in multiple markets. This study was conducted online between July 21-25,2022, with a nationally representative sample of 1,348 US adults aged 18 and older. Data figures have been weighted to be nationally representative. Learn more about YouGov RealTime Omnibus.

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