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Russia-Ukraine conflict: 102m. American adults (40%) to reconsider travel plans

The Vacationer posted a Russia-Ukraine Conflict Travel Survey to find how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is affecting Americans’ travel plans for 2022, both domestic and international. The survey included 1,096 American adults over the age of 18 and was conducted online using SurveyMonkey’s interface/audience on our behalf on March 1, 2022. Eric Jones, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Rowan College South Jersey, analyzed the survey.
Key Stats:

  • 40% (102 Million American adults) will be reconsidering travel plans because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • Nearly 65% of American adults said there was at least one inconvenience they would allow in order to reach their travel destination in 2022.
  • 36% (93 Million American adults) feel less safe now than before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Here are the full results:
1. Has Russia’s invasion of Ukraine made you reconsider 2022 travel plans?

  • Yes, domestically and internationally. — 14.32%
  • Yes, but only internationally. — 25.18%
  • No. — 60.49%

Key Takeaway — Nearly 40% of Americans said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has made them reconsider 2022 travel plans. This figure includes the 14.32% that are reconsidering both domestic and international travel. Also, it includes the 25.18% that are only reconsidering international travel.

2. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused oil prices to rise and many airspaces across the globe to be closed to specific airlines. Are you willing to do any of the following to reach your travel destination in 2022? (Check All that Apply Except If You Are Checking the Last Choice.)

  • Pay more money. — 26.46%
  • Take longer to travel. — 26.19%
  • More flight layovers to go around specific airspace. — 15.24%
  • Fly to a different city and drive.  — 14.69%
  • Find a different mode of travel altogether. — 19.07%
  • Postpone trip and hope the situation resolves itself. — 24.36%
  • None of these. — 35.22%

Key Takeaway — Nearly 65% of American adults said there was at least one inconvenience they would allow in order to reach their travel destination in 2022. The 64.78% that said this equates to about 167 million people. The most common inconveniences people would endure were paying more money at 26.46% and taking longer to travel at 26.19%. 

3. After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and remembering the shoot-down of civilian flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014, how do you feel about traveling right now?

  • Less Safe than Before. — 35.95%
  • About the Same. — 61.77%
  • More Safe than Before. — 2.28%

Key Takeaway — Nearly 36% of American adults feel less safe traveling now than before Russia’s invasion. The 35.95% equates to roughly 93 million people. This is not surprising based on question 1 where about 40% of people said they were now reconsidering their 2022 travel plans.

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