A new study has revealed that Australians are missing travel more than anything else during the COVID-19 crisis.
Three in five of the Aussies surveyed in the study, which was conducted by INNOCEAN, said that since the onset of the global pandemic they have missed travel the most (56%), followed by their social life (53%) and freedom (50%).
It was little surprise then that travel was found to be the number one endeavour people would seek out once COVID-19 was deemed under control.
According to the survey, just one in 10 people have been able to get out and discover even their local surroundings in the past few months.
“The past six months have been devastating, with COVID-19 transforming the way we live and impacting every facet of life,” INNOCEAN Head of Strategy, Karl Bates said.
“Despite this, the majority of respondents, at 56%, said they felt optimistic about the nation’s future and were itching to hit the road for a break this Christmas.”
“We’re gearing up for Australia’s biggest ever staycation season - and with so many regions still reeling from the effects of drought and bushfires, let alone COVID-19, it’s great news for the many tourism, accommodation and hospitality providers who have been doing it tough.”
According to the study, two in five (almost 40%) Aussies polled said they were hoping to explore their own backyard over the Christmas period.
Meanwhile, 70% of respondents think their social lives have been majorly disrupted by COVID-19, while 50% have felt the impact financially and 35% the psychological impact over the past six months.
The INNOCEAN 2020 Life in the Times of Covid survey was conducted between 29 June and 22 August, and polled 2,000 Australians aged between 30 and 60.