Europ Assistance published the complete autumn and winter survey results. Between May and June, Ipsos tested 11,000 travelers from 11 countries worldwide for their travel priorities this autumn and winter. The direct consequences of their survey are outlined below:

Duration of the journey

• 27 percent of all global travelers said they were heading for a short 2-4 day vacation in the summer. However, the number of respondents who said they’d go on a quick trip in the fall rose by 5 points (32%) and proceeded to climb when questioned about the average travel period they considered in winter (41%).

• Instead, 70% of all global travelers claimed they would be on a leisure journey of at least one week in the summer, while the percentage of those who recorded a long journey in the autumn and winter declined 5 points (65%) and 15 points (55%), respectively.


• Hotels are the most common form of accommodation and are preferred more and more over time. 43% of all global travelers indicated that this summer, they’d stay at a hotel.

• Though, the percentage of those who indicated they would prefer a hotel rose 12 points (55%) in the fall and proceeded to increase telling them what sort of lodging they picked in winter (59%).


• Cars are favored this autumn and winter overflights, but over time the plane is gradually selected. The number of travelers who suggested they were going to drive a car in the fall (58%) decreased and reduced again when travelers have questioned what their favorite mode was in the winter (56%) and 2021 (51%).

• 20% of all passengers worldwide indicated they would ride a plane throughout the season. However, in the autumn, the number of people who recorded having an airplane grew by 13 (33 percent). It proceeded to rise when questioned regarding the modes of transportation in winter (37 percent), with more than double reports that they were going to fly by plane for their essential journey in 2021 (44 percent).


• Domestic trips are quite common this autumn and this winter. 52% of all global travelers surveyed expected to visit domestically in fall in Europe (Europe for the European people, Asia for the Asians, America for the Americans), respectively. Just 14% intended to visit outside the continent, 

• For the season, 54% of world travelers surveyed intended to return home, 24% planned to move within the continent, whereas just 14% intended to return beyond the mainland. However, over time citizens expect to travel overseas, with 19 percent saying that they expect to leave the mainland in 2021.


• There is a large degree of confusion about autumn and winter journeys, considering their willingness to travel: many respondents do not know if they can book their trip this summer and winter. Or they have not booked anything at the moment they were questioned earlier in this year.

• According to the findings of the poll, only 13% and 8% of respondents have traveled for both fall and winter, and only 20% and 19% of respondents plan to make reservations in both seasons.

Methodology: On-line research by Ipsos on behalf of Europe Assistance among 11,000 citizens (nationally representative samples of 1,000 inhabitants per country) in Europe (France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Poland, and the United Kingdom), Asia (China and Thailand) and the United States. This survey is a modified edition of the annual Europ Assistance and Ipsos Holiday Barometer when the general lock-down started. To enable different players in the tourism sector to brace for the “post-COVID environment,” the purpose of this survey is to determine how the COVID 19 outbreak altered travel plans and expectations of tourists.

Source: Future of Travel