Hitting the road
Besides impacting where they choose to holiday, the pandemic has also changed the way people travel. With so much uncertainty still in the air, most travelers are looking to book holidays as late as possible. Close to half of all respondents (46%) are opting for spontaneous trips due to COVID-19.
When it comes to reaching their holiday destinations, the open road is clearly where Europeans want to be this summer. A whopping number of travelers, over three-quarters (81%) in fact, plan to travel by motor vehicle. In contrast, just 23% of respondents intend to travel by air and only 17% by train.
So, what’s driving more travelers to get behind the wheel? Freedom and flexibility (55%), safety (50%) and convenience (46%) are the main advantages of driving over other forms of transport, according to our survey respondents. What’s more, two thirds (66%) of Europeans agree that it’s safer to travel via car during the pandemic. And more than half of them (55%) say they feel more secure on the road when driving with a built-in sat nav or navigation app.