56% of Americans have arrived at the airport without a destination

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The data has been revealed by a report published by Skyscanner, a metasearch engine and travel booking tool

After two and a half years of pandemic travel restrictions, leading travel company Skyscanner today reveals the latest research into the psychology behind spontaneity and the benefits of spontaneous travel in partnership with esteemed psychologist Emma Kenny.

The effect of the pandemic on the spontaneity of travel:

Savvy American travelers have long prided themselves on being adventurers at heart, with more than three-quarters of those surveyed (77%) considering themselves spontaneous. But the last two and a half years have ended their spontaneous streak, with 68% agreeing that the pandemic limited their ability to be spontaneous. Now, three-quarters (75%) of those surveyed say the pandemic has made them want to be even more spontaneous, with nearly half (46%) specifically mentioning travel as an area of ​​life where they want to do that.

Spontaneous flex vacations the new travel norm:
More than half of respondents (53%) have booked a trip to a destination they know nothing about, revealing that spontaneous flex vacations are the new travel norm. 56% arrived at an airport with no destination in mind and booked there and later to escape. 54% of respondents had previously booked a spontaneous trip and nearly half (46%) said it felt more exciting.

Better value travel is one of the benefits of a spontaneous break:
Data shows that spontaneous travel can be a cost-effective way to travel, which is especially important as budgets shrink. In fact, a Skyscanner ‘Everywhere’ search for October reveals great value flights next week from New York for as little as $73 to Myrtle Beach, $87 to New Orleans, $138 to Washington, $162 to Boston and $98 to Portland for those who wish to be a little spontaneous!

The benefits of spontaneous travel according to psychologist Emma Kenny: “A common stress is the decision-making involved in the vacation planning process. This is why giving up the methodical organization that so often goes hand in hand with a planned vacation and instead opting to enjoy an impromptu break can be so liberating.”

“Nothing is as exciting as seeing a new place for the first time, and the excitement and instant gratification that comes with it.”

“While it may seem scary to simply pack a suitcase and get on a plane to take your chances in an unknown destination, you will benefit psychologically as this creates a ‘can do’ attitude and reminds you of the limitless possibilities that exist. . And because you don’t have a clear agenda or plans, every step you take will bring a sense of adventure that is truly liberating.”

Skyscanner Global Travel Expert Laura Lindsay says: “The impact of the pandemic and ever-evolving travel restrictions have reignited the appetite for spontaneous travel with three-quarters of US respondents (75%) saying they the events of the last two and a half years have made them want to be more spontaneous.”