Introducing the Daily Travel Index

Arrivalist’s Daily Travel Index measures consumer road trips of 50 miles or more in all 50 U.S. states. The data is drawn from a panel of GPS signals representing road trips taken by car. The insights have been prepared to help travel marketers and other industry professionals gauge fluctuations in drive market trips in any of the 50 U.S. states.

For more information about Arrivalist’s Daily Travel Index please contact us. For a weekly analysis of the Daily Travel Index, be sure to check out the Arrivalist Blog.

How to Read the Daily Travel Index

The Daily Travel Index is a free, publicly accessible information resource using Arrivalist’s proprietary location data to measure travel activity specifically for trips of at least 50 miles. The Daily Travel Index is intended as a barometer of drive market activity across all 50 states; the chart allows you to look at the fluctuations in drive market activity within a single state or any grouping of states as selected. Please see below for a brief explanation of what is displayed within the chart environment, glossary of terms, how to select data to be displayed in the Daily Travel Index chart and lastly, the methodology used to compile this information.

How to Read the Daily Travel Index

The Daily Travel Index is a free, publicly accessible information resource using Arrivalist’s proprietary location data to measure travel activity specifically for trips of at least 50 miles. The Daily Travel Index is intended as a barometer of drive market activity across all 50 states; the chart allows you to look at the fluctuations in drive market activity within a single state or any grouping of states as selected. Please see below for a brief explanation of what is displayed within the chart environment, glossary of terms, how to select data to be displayed in the Daily Travel Index chart and lastly, the methodology used to compile this information.

How to Read the Daily Travel Index

The Daily Travel Index is a free, publicly accessible information resource using Arrivalist’s proprietary location data to measure travel activity specifically for trips of at least 50 miles. The Daily Travel Index is intended as a barometer of drive market activity across all 50 states; the chart allows you to look at the fluctuations in drive market activity within a single state or any grouping of states as selected. Please see below for a brief explanation of what is displayed within the chart environment, glossary of terms, how to select data to be displayed in the Daily Travel Index chart and lastly, the methodology used to compile this information.

How to Read the Daily Travel Index

The Daily Travel Index is a free, publicly accessible information resource using Arrivalist’s proprietary location data to measure travel activity specifically for trips of at least 50 miles. The Daily Travel Index is intended as a barometer of drive market activity across all 50 states; the chart allows you to look at the fluctuations in drive market activity within a single state or any grouping of states as selected. Please see below for a brief explanation of what is displayed within the chart environment, glossary of terms, how to select data to be displayed in the Daily Travel Index chart and lastly, the methodology used to compile this information.

Glossary

What is an Index: An index is a measure of relative change in a variable (here, volume of trips in a given day) over time. Usually expressed as a percentage; an index of 20% means that for the given day, travel volume was 20% higher than the reference point (in this case, an average of daily travel before the COVID-19 pandemic).

Daily Travel Index: A measure of the index value for a given day relative to average trip volume in February 2020 average trips. A value of -34.0% means that the volume of trips on that date was 34% lower than the average trip volume in February 2020.

Day of Week Change: Measures change in the index value for a given day compared to the same day, one week prior. (i.e. this Monday compared to last Monday). A Day of Week Change of -8.6% indicates that the index value of drive market travel for a given day is 8.6% lower than the same day one week prior.

Weekly Index Change: Measures change in the index value for the current rolling week compared to the previous 7 day period (i.e. current rolling 7-day average compared to previous 7-day average). A Weekly Index Change of -48.8% indicates that the index value drive market travel for the current 7-day period is 48.8% lower than the previous 7-day period (both rolling).

Distance Traveled:  Allows you to select the maximum distance a user has traveled and how the index changes based on distance traveled.  Please note that Arrivalist only monitors travel more than 50 miles.

How to Navigate the Daily Travel Index

Selecting a Home State: Select an individual state using the ‘Home State’ dropdown on the right side of the Daily Travel Index chart by first clicking the (All) checkbox at the top; this will clear all selections. Next, select the state you would like to display data for by clicking the checkbox next the state abbreviation and click Apply button at the bottom of the filter for filters to take affect.

Selecting Multiple Home States: Select multiple states using the ‘Home State’ dropdown on the right side of the Daily Travel Index Chart by first clicking the (All) checkbox at the top; this will clear all selections. Next, select the states you would like to display data for by clicking the checkbox next to each state abbreviation and click Apply button at the bottom of the filter for filters to take affect. The displayed chart and index results are an aggregate view of data for all selected states.

Selecting a National Index View: The Daily Travel Index displays the aggregated information for all 50 states by default (to return to this view, simply select the ‘All’ checkbox option at the top of the ‘Home State’ dropdown menu on the right side of the chart.

Methodology

The Daily Travel Index uses a panel of GPS signals representing road trips taken specifically in cars (excludes travel by air). A trip is measured as one where the user has traveled a minimum of 50 miles and spent a minimum of 2 hours at the destination. Commuter travel or other frequently repeated trips (ie cargo deliveries or other reoccurring activities) are excluded from the Daily Travel Index. The Daily Travel Index includes all dates from February 1, 2020 to current day.