AAA Expects ‘Record-Low’ Travel for Memorial Day Due to Coronavirus

May 14, 2020
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Travel tends to ramp up for long weekend holidays especially Memorial Day, which is typically one of the biggest travel days of the year and the unofficial kickoff of summer.

Unfortunately, this year, with the coronavirus pandemic instituting stay-at-home orders and social distancing rules, travel is expected to hit an all-time low.

For that reason, the AAA revealed that it will not issue a long weekend travel forecast this year for the first time in 20 years.

The group says "the accuracy of the economic data used to create the forecast has been undermined by COVID-19,” per the press release.

“Last year, 43 million Americans traveled for Memorial Day Weekend – the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes in 2000,” said Cyndi Zesk, senior vice president, travel, AAA Northeast.

“With social distancing guidelines still in practice, this holiday weekend’s travel volume is likely to set a record low,” she added.

The annual forecast is expected to return next year as people begin to travel again.

As for upcoming travel holidays like 4th of July and Labor Day weekend, the agency expects to “make travel projections for the late summer and fall, assuming states ease travel restrictions and businesses reopen.”

However, the future of travel is far from over as AAA expects an uptick soon enough.

Quarantine has inspired Americans to dream up future vacations. AAA.com/travel notes that online bookings have been rising modestly since about mid-April.

As states slowly begin reopening and travel restrictions are lifted, the agency believes Americans will be open to traveling domestically by car.

According to the press release, a March AAA Travel survey revealed that “90% of the 173 million Americans who had summer vacations on the books planned to take a U.S.-based vacation."

As you plan future vacations, the agency suggests always investing in travel insurance (you don’t know when it’ll come in handy). And if you’re planning on taking a road trip, they advise making sure your vehicle is checked out and safe.

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