As We Await Phase 3, A New Study Reveals How Not Being Able to Travel Can Affect Mental Health
If you’re feeling anxious or stressed out about having to skip your annual holidays, it turns out that may be a completely normal reaction to the worldwide travel restrictions.
According to the recent Amex Trendex, a trend report facilitated by American Express, nearly half of the general population believes that not being able to travel this year is making them feel both anxious and stressed––with 78 per cent of responders admitting that travelling is among the top activities they miss the most right now.
As travel restrictions begin to lift and Singapore’s borders are now re-opening gradually with required prior approval, and cruise operators are resuming operations (though the country has ceased port calls for all cruise vessels), travellers remain hesitant to travel.
The survey reveals that travellers remain hesitant to travel, with only ten per cent of responders planning to travel during the school term break.
Interestingly still, despite spending more time with family and spouses at home for a few months now, 67 per cent of responders still plan to take their first trip abroad with those they’ve been quarantined with and would also prefer to travel in small travel bubbles for extended trips rather than quick weekend escapes.
In fact, a surprising 50 per cent of responders admitted to being open to extended travel or living abroad if the right opportunity came to fruition.
(Related: Who Will Be The First International Travellers To Start Flying Out?)
While it remains to be known when international travel will fully and safely resume, it’s becoming clear that the majority of frequent flyers and occasional travellers have developed a newfound sense of appreciation for travel and the freedom that comes with exploring a new culture––and what that could entail for the broader travel industry may look like slower, more sustainable travel.