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AAA-Fewer Americans Traveling This Thanksgiving amid Pandemic

Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 2:05 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - Travel on Thanksgiving may be on the lighter side this year as AAA Wyoming anticipates a 10% drop in travel nationwide, the most extensive one year decrease since the 2008 Great Recession. AAA Wyoming expected up to 50 million Americans to travel for Thanksgiving, a drop from 55 million in 2019. However, the number of travelers may be even lower as Americans monitor and respond to the public health landscape.

“The wait-and-see approach travel trend continues to impact travel decisions,” said Aldo Vazquez, AAA Wyoming Spokesperson. “The decision to travel is a personal one. For those who are considering making a trip, the majority will go by car, which provides the flexibility to modify holiday travel plans up until the day of departure.”

What to Know Before You Go

  • Plan ahead. Check with state and local authorities where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination to learn about any restrictions that may be in place.
  • Follow public health guidance. Consistent use of face masks, physically distancing, and regular hand washing are the best ways to lower your risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • Verify before you go. Call ahead to any hotel stay and ask about protocols and safety requirements.
  • Helpful AAA resources. Visit AAA’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map for the latest state and local travel restrictions. Use TripTik.AAA.com to plan your road trip and help determine which rest stops, gas stations, restaurants, and hotels are open along your route.

AAA expects to rescue more than 413,000 Americans nationwide over the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. AAA suggests that drivers obtain a pre-trip inspection to ensure their vehicles are road-ready before embarking on a road trip. Drivers can find more information on AAA Auto Services online, and can learn more at AAA.com.

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