A recent survey reported that most Canadians and Americans are saying they aren’t travelling anywhere, even within their own countries, until a vaccine is developed for COVID-19.
This online survey, conducted by Research Co., asked 1000 Canadians and 1200 Americans about how they might travel using 9 different examples; and the majority response was they wouldn’t.
Here’s what the survey found:
In Canada, more than a third of respondents (35%) are currently willing to take a ferry trip—a proportion that rises to 50% in Atlantic Canada and 49% in British Columbia.
Fewer than a third of Canadians would take an airplane flight within their own province (32%), a bus trip shorter than 3 hours (31%), an airplane flight to another province (30%) or a railway trip (29%) without inoculation against COVID-19.
Significantly fewer Canadians are willing to take an airplane flight to a different continent (21%), a bus trip longer than 3 hours (20%), an airplane flight to the United States (17%) or a trip on a cruise ship (13%).
More than a third of Americans say they are willing to take a railway trip (36%), an airplane flight within their own state (35%), an airplane flight to another state (34%) or a ferry trip (also 34%) before a vaccine against COVID-19 is available.
Fewer Americans would entertain five other forms of travel under the current conditions: a bus trip shorter than 3 hours (31%), an airplane flight to Canada (28%), a bus trip longer than 3 hours (25%), an airplane flight to a different continent (21%) and a trip on a cruise ship (also 21%).
The survey also showed that men are more willing to take the risk without a vaccine than their female counterparts, and Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. says “North American residents aged 55 and over, who are usually ready to explore and spend, are particularly reticent about all journeys unless inoculation is a reality.”