U.S. Travel Tracker: May 2021 Highlights

by Haixia Wang + Skift Team - Jun 2021

Skift Research Take

In May, 42.% of Americans traveled, 2 percentage points higher than February 2020, before the pandemic hit. The U.S. summer vacation was off to a very promising start.

Report Overview

The upward trajectory of the U.S. travel market continues as we enter the summer vacation season. The number of Americans who traveled jumped to 42.3% in May, 2 percentage points higher than February 2020, before the pandemic hit. We seem to be on track to have one of the strongest summer travel seasons on record in the U.S.

Encouraged by the high vaccination rate, many countries have opened doors to welcome U.S. travelers. However, with ever-changing local COVID-19 levels, most Americans are still hesitant about traveling overseas. Only 1.9% of all May trips were outside the country, barely changed since the pandemic started. And the number of Americans expressing interest in travelling overseas for the remainder of 2021 is also relatively low, at a little over 10% among those who plan to travel in 2021. This means that summer travel this year will be predominantly domestic.

We continue to keep track of remote work status and its impact on travel. There is an increase in the number of employees returning to office compared to April. However, 29% of the respondents currently in the workforce are working remotely and many have taken more trips because of the work flexibility.

In this report, we highlight new trends in travel incidences, consumer sentiments and future travel intents distilled from our May Travel Tracker survey.

What You'll Learn From This Report

  • Travel incidences, Jan 2020–May 2021
  • May travel highlights
  • COVID-19 impacted travel, Oct 2020–May 2021
  • Changing consumer sentiments on the economic outlook, Feb 2020–Jun 2021
  • Consumer intent for 2021 travel
  • Remote work trend and its impact on travel and mobility
  • How COVID-19 vaccination might impact travel