The travel industry has seen an extreme decline in flights and hotel stays this year and many experts have been wary of when the industry would bounce back. Young adults have, however, remained optimistic and are anticipating traveling the world soon.
According to World Hostels: Post Covid-19 Reopening Survey by St. Christopher’s Inns, 64% of 6000 young adults surveyed say they have planned their next trip and 61% say they would still visit countries that have been hardly hit by COVID-19.
The survey was conducted by a collective of 11 hostel brands with 86 properties around the world to get a feel for how young adults would navigate travel post-pandemic.
Most of the young adults surveyed were between the ages of 18-34 years old and from the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, and Brazil.
Anne Dolan, a member of the collective, tells Forbes, “We wanted to know what were the concerns of our target market regarding traveling again.”
Dolan shares that those surveyed were not worried about traveling.
81% of those surveyed did say that social distancing is important to them and they would like for hostels to put measures in place that would align with social distancing guidelines.
Dolan tells Forbes that although hostels will still be around, “the inclusion part and feeling part of a community will be more challenging to manage.”
The surveyed travelers stated they would like to see hostels implement the same procedures as hotels such as frequent deep cleaning, sanitizing public areas, cashless payments, online check-in, and hand sanitizer available throughout the properties.
You can read the complete survey here.