Travel Bug Endemic in Pandemic

A consumer survey finds a majority of Australians believe that, pandemic-wise, travelling on the road is the safest way to get to a holiday destination.

Of 1000 Australian travellers surveyed1, a majority (81 per cent) miss travelling and can’t wait to get out. Seventy two per cent said they’ll begin travelling domestically as soon as stay-in-place measures lift.

The survey shows 76 per cent of respondents agree or strongly agree that travelling on the road in a private vehicle – whether in a caravan, motorhome or car – is safer than any other mode of transportation given the recent coronavirus outbreak. 

Coronavirus has stopped residents in Newcastle from travelling over the last few months, so domestic travel will be as rewarding as ever,” said Damian Charleson, Jayco Newcastle Managing Director.  

There are so many benefits and added flexibility that comes with travelling on the road. You can stop as much as you want, drive at your own pace and simply enjoy the freedom of a road trip.  

Not to mention the spectacular views along the way! Australia is home to some of the most iconic landmarks and landscapes in the world,” he said.  

The survey predicts that tourism will boom on the East Coast with Queensland (48 per cent), New South Wales (45 per cent) and Victoria (41 per cent) listed as the most popular travel destinations Australians plan to visit within the next 12 months.

Most Australians look forward to relaxing and taking a break with 79 per cent claiming their number one reason for travelling within 12 months is to go on a holiday.

Other reasons to travel include: 

•  Helping local businesses and regions affected by recent bushfires and the COVID-19 crisis get back on their feet (31 per cent)  

•  Supporting Australia’s travel industry (29 per cent), and 

•  Visiting family members they haven’t seen for a long time (28 per cent) 

More than a third of respondents (34 per cent) said they would consider caravanning or renting a motorhome to travel domestically within the next 12 months. 

A third (34 per cent) of Aussie travellers said they will take a beach holiday as their next vacation. The survey also shows that Australians are looking forward to seeing their friends (29 per cent) and parents (23 per cent) the most as soon as travel is allowed. 

Other key findings: 

•  45 per cent of respondents cancelled their overseas trip due to COVID-19 and international travel being off-limits  

•  Almost a quarter of Australians (24 per cent) would consider travelling within 1-2 months from when travel restrictions lift 

•  32 per cent of Australians would consider travelling within 3-5 months from when travel restrictions lift 

•  More than half (58 per cent) of Australians said they are looking forward to supporting restaurants and cafes again. While other respondents said they’re looking forward to visiting theme parks and museums (35 per cent), watching a show or concert (24 per cent) and swimming (20 per cent).  

  1.  Jayco Australia Travel Survey conducted on 13 – 19 May 2020 through Pure Profile

Australians with the intention to travel within 12 months. 51 per cent females and 49 per cent males aged 18-64 years nationwide