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Americans would love to go on vacation. They’re just not sure they should actually go.
Sixty-seven percent of those responding to an AAA Travel survey released Thursday say they are uncertain about whether to take a vacation.
Online booking site Travelocity found 57% of Americans say they won’t travel for the year-end holidays this year.
The findings are in line with advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which offers a world map that indicates the coronavirus is a threat in just about every country, including the USA.
The AAA survey points to a trend that has become a theme of travel since the pandemic started causing broad shutdowns in March – more trips by car, often to outdoor destinations and planned days or a week, not months, ahead of time.
About 80% of vacation trips will be by car, and places “known for outdoor recreation and socially distanced fun” will be particularly popular, AAA says.
As if to prove the point, two new outdoor-oriented destinations show up on AAA’s list of most popular driving vacation destinations. Keystone, South Dakota, gateway to Mount Rushmore, takes sixth place. Colorado, the Rocky Mountain State, adds Colorado Springs in 10th place.
The top 10 are:
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- Portland, Oregon
- Colorado Springs
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
“Trips that allow people to take advantage of the great outdoors are particularly appealing this fall,” Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel, said in a statement.
She cited state and national parks, beaches and gardens as the kind of COVID-19-safe attractions that are popular.
The Travelocity survey found 25% of respondents surveyed in mid-September had planned to take a vacation by the end of the year.
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Despite the general trend toward booking trips on short notice, Travelocity found about 60% of those planning Thanksgiving or December holiday trips planned to book by the end of September. Those planning travel said they had already made travel arrangements.
“It’s going to be a nontraditional holiday season this year, so families are gearing up to make the most of it by planning a holiday away from home and using their vacation days to travel,” Katie Junod, Travelocity’s general manager, said in a statement.