A new Research Co. poll has found many BC residents prefer a staycation rather than a vacation for the upcoming holiday season.
The online survey shows 56 per cent of British Columbians do not plan to spend even a single night away from their current location in the next three months.
According to the data, British Columbians aged 18-34 say they are more likely to travel (56%) than their counterparts aged 35-54 (45%). The number drops significantly for those aged 55 and over (34%).
The survey also indicates BC residents have varying concerns depending on the form of transportation.
Fewer than half of those surveyed say they are willing to travel via ferry (46%), while that number rises to 58% for Vancouver Island residents.
The least popular form of travel for BC residents was via cruise ship (11%), according to the survey.
The poll shows COVID-19-related concerns as the main deterrent for BC residents willing to travel.
A vast majority of those surveyed (83%) said they are “very concerned” or “moderately concerned” about travelers not following COVID-19 protocols.
According to the survey, BC residents are also reluctant to travel due to the following issues: COVID-19 restrictions (78%), losing money due to cancellations (77%) and getting infected with COVID-19 during a trip (75%).
To view the full data report, click here.