The impact of COVID-19 on staycations in the U.S.Domestic travel was already popular in the U.S. before the pandemic, having seen year-over-year growth in the number of U.S. domestic leisure trips taken over the past decade. While the pandemic caused many who would otherwise travel internationally on vacation to look instead to their home nation, it also caused many who would typically travel domestically not to do so. As a result, there was a decline in the growth of U.S. domestic tourism in 2020.
Domestic travel spending in the U.S. also showed a downward trend, with spending forecast to fall by almost 300 billion U.S. dollars in 2021 when compared to pre-coronavirus figures. That being said, due to the perceived lower risk of infection or travel problems, staycations were an appealing option for many during the outbreak. By the end of summer in 2020, the share of U.S. adults that had taken a staycation during the pandemic was over one-quarter of the public. Millennials were especially inclined to take a staycation during this time, with over one-third having taken one, while Baby Boomers took the fewest staycations.