According to a recent survey conducted by Snowbird Advisor, more than 40 per cent of Canadian snowbirds said they will not be travelling this winter, while slightly more that 30 per cent said they are definitely going away for all or part of the winter and 25 per cent are still undecided.
The survey, conducted between November 2-7, includes responses from more than 3,000 snowbirds across Canada and reveals a number of interesting facts about snowbird travel intentions this year.
“There has been a lot of speculation about whether or not Canadian snowbirds will travel this winter, but no actual data to support it," stated Stephen Fine, President of Snowbird Advisor. “This survey helps to provide a more accurate picture of snowbird travel plans backed up by real data.”
The number one reason for not travelling is fear of catching COVID.
Snowbirds who said they were not planning to travel this winter said the number one reason they decided to stay home was the risk of getting COVID 19 while away, followed by "I can’t drive to the U.S. while the land border is closed" and not wanting to fly during COVID.
Rounding out the top five reasons were not being able to access medical treatment if COVID 19 cases increase in my destination and not having adequate travel medical insurance.
How long are snowbirds travelling for?
Among snowbirds who said they are going away this winter, 16 per cent said they have already left, 42 per cent said they plan on leaving before the end of the year and the balance plan to leave in January or February.
More than 60 per cent said they plan on being away for between three to six months.
Where are Canadian snowbirds going?
Of those snowbirds planning to go away this winter, approximately 50 per cent are going to Florida, 20 per cent to Arizona, eight per cent to California, five per cent to Mexico and the balance heading to various other destinations.
One interesting note is that five per cent plan to travel to BC this year, up from less than one per cent in other years.
More detailed survey results can be found here.
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