COVID’s Delta Surge: Why People Are Still Traveling

Available for Interviews:  Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, advocate, and journalist. He writes six weekly columns about customer service, with a special emphasis on travel and technology. His work reaches more than 10 million readers a week. You
have likely read his work in USA Today or Forbes.

What Travel Expert and Consumer Advocate, Christopher Elliot,
could say about Summer Travel:

[People have] had enough of the pandemic, and they’re hitting the road, despite everything. –Chris Elliott

Travel columnist Chris Elliott has been on the road since the spring, giving him the opportunity to talk with fellow travelers. Why are they still traveling despite the ongoing and latest delta surge in the coronavirus? Simply put: They’ve had enough of the pandemic, and they’re hitting the road, despite everything.

Talking Points / Suggested Questions to Explore on
Traveling During the COVID’s Delta Surge:
        • Some airlines are reporting reduced bookings, however, travel sentiment is improving despite the latest setback.
        • Short-term rental property management platform Guesty reports that Christmas reservation volume in the United States is 42 percent higher than in 2019 and up 100 percent from last year.
        • Vaccinated people are confident about the safety of traveling.
        • Areas of the country where mask mandates are in place allow people to feel safer and are more comfortable taking reasonable travel risks.
        • Generally, the fall offers opportunities for travel bargains. Though people should not expect last year’s deals prior to the vaccination rollout.
        • Driving the demand to travel: people desperate to get away coupled with extra savings the pandemic has ironically created.

Read Christopher Elliott’s full article from The Washington Post here:

Why people are traveling despite the coronavirus surge—and what it means


Interview: Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott, author of two books which are practical guides that help people make smarter purchases: How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler (And Save Time, Money and Hassle) (National Geographic) and Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles, and Shady Deals (Wiley). He founded two nonprofit organizations for consumers. Elliott Advocacy is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers people to solve their problems and helps those who can’t. helps readers through direct advocacy, journalism on an ad-free website, and maintaining the largest database of executive contact information on the Internet. He also co-founded Travelers United, a nonprofit organization that works in Washington to help travelers. Elliott also writes six weekly columns that have a combined reach of 10 million readers, including The Washington Post, USA Today, and Forbes, and his articles can be seen in newspapers and magazines across the country.

In addition to being a nationally recognized expert on customer service, Elliott is an inveterate traveler. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, photography, and scuba diving. His weekly family travel column for USA Today chronicles his never-ending journey around the world with his three children. Elliott is based in Prescott, Arizona.


Jo Allison
Managing Editor
Director of Public Relations
Success In Media, Inc.

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