Will there be summer in Europe in 2021?
If it depends on travelers, yes!
By Sofia Scott
Did you know that more than half of Europeans want to travel in summer? Between the vaccination that is progressing (slowly, but progressing), the vaccination passport that the European Commission is trying to promote for June and, I think, a certain general satiety, it is quite possible that airports in summer are somewhat more crowded than last year .
According to the report “Monitoring Sentiment for Domestic and Intra-European Travel – Wave 6” of the European Travel Commission, which is periodically measuring the “feeling” of Europeans in relation to travel and their intention to travel (or not), 56 % want to pack their bags while 27% refuse to travel in the next six months.
That optimism is seen in other typical travel details:
- 48% are optimistic with the planning of their hypothetical summer trip thanks to the vaccines that are being applied in Europe.
- Among these optimists, 90% already know when they will go on vacation (!), And… guess what?
- Yes, July and August are the preferred months, although 29% expect to go even earlier, in May or June.
- 49% are willing to go to another European country while 36% will choose to stay in their own city or take short trips of a day or two.
In that order, those who most want to travel are:
- Germans and
With the exception of Italians, who prefer domestic tourism, all others have a clear preference for leaving their country (understandable, right?)
Problems in summer?
But not all are good expectations. Travelers are concerned with those details that add concern to summer vacations, such as having to quarantine (or not); bars and restaurants as somewhat “dangerous” places; and the airplane as a site of potential contamination.
And you? Are you up to travel in summer? Or not?
Countries that currently don’t allow travelers in
More than 80 countries have severe restrictions due to the pandemic, allowing only the entry of citizens in special conditions or their residents who are returning home. Traveling for pleasure right now is not allowed in:
- India (although India has a defined “bubble” with some countries, such as UK, USA, Canada, Germany and Japan)
- New Zealand
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*** About the author: Sofia Scott is an expert in technology, business and travel. ***