Travel News Travel Tips Americans Are Willing To Give Up Love and Chocolate for Travel, Survey Shows We're catching flights, not feelings in 2021 Written by Patrice J. Williams Instagram Linkedin Website Patrice J. Williams is a travel and style content creator and fact checker and author of thrift shopping book "Looking Fly on a Dime." Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Patrice J. Williams Updated 04/06/21 Fact-Checked by Reviewed on 04/06/21 Jillian Dara Instagram Linkedin Website Jillian Dara is a freelance travel writer and fact checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today 10Best, Michelin Guide, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Jetsetter. About TripSavvy Fact-Checking Jillian Dara Share Pin Email Mongkol Chuewong / Getty Images Would you do anything for love? According to a recent study, travel-starved Americans are willing to give up L-O-V-E if it means they can hear those beautiful words: “This is your captain speaking.” A recent survey conducted by Booking.com found that Americans are ready to hit the road and are finally seeing some light at the end of this year-long tunnel. More than 70 percent said the success of COVID-19 vaccines have them feeling hopeful and “optimistic,” while just over 60 percent have realized travel is crucial to their emotional well-being. It’s clear they’re ready; we’re ready. But how ready? So ready that almost 70 percent said they’d rather have the opportunity to travel in 2021 than find true love. Basically, catch flights over feelings. Not only are Americans ready to avoid cupid, but they’re also willing to give up some other comforts. Watching "Bridgerton" or "Tiger King" for the 10th time? No, thanks—70 percent of those surveyed also said they would choose traveling instead of watching the shows they binged while bored in the house. Also, 70 percent are okay with saying buh-bye to alcohol, caffeine, or even chocolate. And though we all need cash to fund those travel dreams, two-thirds of people surveyed would rather take a vacay than a promotion at work. While it might be understandable that some people are willing to hold off on the thought of love or even advancing in their careers, those surveyed also miss some aspects associated with travel that may have previously been considered annoying. That includes roaming the airport while waiting for their flight to board, getting sunburned, and even returning from the beach with a bag full of sand. A small percentage of people—16, to be exact—even claim to miss trying a meal for the first time and hating it. Though that sense of hopefulness seems strong, travel hasn’t fully returned just yet, but Americans are still gearing up. More than half of those surveyed, 58 percent, list getting in shape as top priority and just as many are buying new vacay outfits. To capture the enthusiasm for a bright year of travel ahead, Booking.com is offering travelers a $50 credit for stays before Dec. 31, 2021. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Travelers Are Itching to Get out There—and Are Planning Longer Trips Than Ever You Should Travel Alone in 2021 and Here's Why Filmmaker Sian-Pierre Regis and His Mom on Reclaiming Life Through Travel Millennial and Gen Z Trends That Just Might Impact Travel Forever Studies Show Americans are More Comfortable with the Idea of Travel Bike Travel Is Surging Around the World. Will It Last? More Than 100 Destinations Have Been Added to the State Department's "Do Not Travel" List Survey Shows Baby Boomers Remain Hesitant of Travel Way Into 2021 America's Newest Budget Airline Just Launched With Fares Under $20 This Site Is Giving Away Up to a Decade of Free Trips to Travelers in Their 20s 10 Travel Trends We're Looking Forward to in 2021 After Months of Silence, CDC Finally Releases Next Steps For Return Of U.S. Cruises Air Travel Is at Record Highs Since the Pandemic Started—But Is It a Comeback? Hotels.com Wants You to Write Off Your 2020 Travel Losses for a Travel Credit Tahiti Will Open Its Borders to International Tourists on May 1 Vrbo's 2021 Trend Report Shows a Rise in Family Travel and the "Flexcation"