Survey Shows 31% of Those Who Traveled after COVID-19 Stayed in a Short-term/Vacation Rental

Survey Shows 31% of Those Who Traveled after COVID-19 Stayed in a Short-term/Vacation Rental


Last week, VRM Intel conducted a consumer survey through Google to get an idea about how many people traveled in 2020 after March (After COVID-19 hit) and where they stayed. 

With 1,860 respondents, the survey showed that 21.5 percent said they had traveled since March 2020. In contrast, 78.5 percent said they had not taken a vacation or business trip since March 2020. 

Of those that did travel, 31.2 percent stayed in a short-term or vacation rental. 53.3 percent stayed in a hotel, while 9.9 percent camped out (followed by 6.1 percent traveling in an RV). 

Key Findings

The 35 – 44 age group traveled the most (24.5 percent), and consumers 65+ traveled the least (17.7 percent).

When analyzing accommodation type by age group, we were surprised to find that:

  • Travelers 65+ chose short-term/vacation rentals least often, with only 21.1 percent staying in a rental (compared with 57 percent staying in a hotel and 8.8 percent choosing a B&B).
  • The age group that most often chose short-term/vacation rentals in 2020 was the 25 – 34 range (39.4 percent)
  • The only age group that took a cruise after March 2020 was 18 – 24. 
  • The 35 – 44 age group was the most likely to stay in a hotel (over 59 percent). This same 35 – 44 age group was also the group that traveled the most. 
  • The 45 – 54 age group was the most likely to choose an RV (11 Percent).