Americans torn between taking vacation and avoiding coronavirus, surveys find


Americans would love to go on vacation. They’re just not sure they should actually go.

Two surveys found many travelers express hesitation during the coronavirus pandemic about taking a trip.

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 9th place.