Surveys discover Individuals wish to go, worry COVID-19
Americans would love to go on vacation. They’re just not sure if they should actually go.
That’s the result of two surveys, both of which found that many travelers are hesitant about traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.
67% of respondents who took part in an AAA travel survey published Thursday are unsure whether to take a vacation.
And online travel booking site Travelocity found that 57% of Americans say they won’t be traveling at the end of the year this year.
The results are in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which offer a map of the world that indicates that coronavirus is a threat in virtually every country, including the United States
The AAA poll points to a trend that has become a topic of fall travel since the pandemic began in March – more car trips, often to outdoor destinations, and planned days or a week, not months in advance.
About 80% of vacation trips are made by car, and places “known for outdoor recreation and socially distant fun” will be especially popular, AAA said.
As if to prove it, two new outdoor destinations appear on the AAA list of the most popular destinations for motorists. Keystone, South Dakota, gateway to Mount Rushmore, now ranks sixth. Colorado, the Rocky Mountain State, adds Colorado Springs to # 10.
The top 10 are:
- Las Vegas
- The angel
- San Diego
- Portland, Oregon
- Colorado Springs
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
“Travel that enables people to enjoy the great outdoors is especially attractive this fall,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel, in a statement.
She cited state and national parks, beaches, and gardens as the type of COVID-19 safe attractions that are popular.
The Travelocity poll found that 25% of those polled in mid-September had planned to go on vacation by the end of the year.
Despite the general trend of booking travel on short notice, Travelocity found that around 60% of those planning Thanksgiving or December vacation trips planned to book by the end of September. Those planning a trip said they had already made travel arrangements for Thanksgiving or December trips.
“It’s going to be a non-traditional holiday season this year, so families are preparing to make the most of it by planning a vacation away from home and using their vacation days to travel,” said Katie Junod, general manager of Travelocity, in an explanation.