smarTours Finds Travelers Who Have Recently Returned From International Travel Would Do It Again

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Bucket List Tour Operator Survey Finds Nearly 90% of Travelers Were Happy They Traveled in 2021

smarTours Just Back From Survey

A new survey from smarTours, a leading provider of affordable trips to bucket list destinations, of more than 100 recent international travelers found that despite pandemic travel restrictions, travelers are happy they traveled internationally this year. Nearly 90% of travelers surveyed said they were happy they traveled in 2021 and 94% of travelers said they would recommend traveling internationally now to a friend. International travel was so enjoyable that 78% of travelers said they planned to travel internationally again in 2022, with 14% reporting that they even planned to travel internationally again in 2021.

Travelers overwhelmingly found destinations open enough to enjoy during their trip abroad. 94% of travelers surveyed said they felt that in the destinations they visited, attractions and restaurants were open enough for them to enjoy during their trip. Travelers also enjoyed having fewer crowds in popular attractions as 41% of travelers surveyed said that destinations were less crowded than they anticipated. Of these travelers, 98% reported that they enjoyed having fewer crowds.

“We frequently hear from travelers returning from an international trip how glad they are that they decided to travel during the pandemic,” says Christine Petersen, CEO of smarTours. “By traveling with someone who takes care of testing and is knowledgeable about any restriction requirements, travelers can relax and get back to enjoying travel.”

In addition, travelers reported that Covid-19 testing requirements did not significantly impact the enjoyment of the trip. More than three-fourths of travelers surveyed felt that having to get a Covid-19 test before returning to the U.S. did not affect the enjoyment of their trip. Covid-19 testing requirements also took little time away from their trip as two-thirds of travelers reported that it took less than an hour to get the required Covid test to return to the U.S.

To find out what more about upcoming smarTours tours that are available to U.S. travelers please visit: https://smartours.com/open-to-us-travelers/

Methodology: Findings are based on a survey fielded on October 30th- November 5th, 2021 to hundreds of smarTours customers who traveled since international travel resumed in the pandemic including destinations in Europe, Africa, and South America.

About smarTours:
smarTours is the leading provider of affordable trips to bucket list destinations worldwide. The company currently offers more than 60 guided tours to more than 70 countries across all continents. All smarTours include international airfare, hotels in convenient locations, knowledgeable English-speaking local guides, in-depth excursions and sightseeing, and many meals. More than 225,000 travelers have taken a smarTours trip since the founding of the company in 1996.

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