Americans are traveling less in general this year, and the holidays are not immune to this drop in travel numbers. AAA is reporting that 30% fewer people are projected to be traveling this year. This article includes great information about traveling during the pandemic, so read on to learn how your travel plans may be affected this holiday season.
USA Today ~ ” It looks like many Americans may be heeding the CDC’s advice not to travel over the holidays. But some are still determined to see family and friends.
AAA says it expects about 34 million fewer U.S. residents to travel over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays (Dec. 23-Jan 3.) than last year. That’s a drop of nearly 30%.
AAA’s forecast estimates 2.9 million Americans will travel by plane, down 59% from last year’s 7.3 million.
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And it predicts the vast majority of holiday travelers – about 81 million in total – to go by car. But that’s still a nearly 25% drop from 108 million in 2019.
The good news for travelers loading up their cars with presents: Gas prices are down by nearly 20% from 2019 averages.
‘Typically, cheaper gas prices are an incentive for last minute trips, especially around the holidays,’ said Jeanette Casselano McGee, a AAA spokesperson. ‘But the lower prices and less traffic aren’t driving decisions to hit the road. Americans are looking to the public health landscape, including COVID-19 case numbers, to make their travel decisions.’ ” ~ USA Today
For more information, including a list of high-traffic times and areas, click the link below.
** Please note: Due to the impact of COVID 19 on travel, we encourage people to always plan trips in accordance with the guidance provided by government and health officials.