DEARBORN, Mich. (WLUC) – The Auto Club Group (AAA) predicts crowded roads and skies with 109 million Americans and 3.3 million Michigan residents expected to travel during the holidays.
Michigan residents who had to cancel getaways and get-togethers last year because of the pandemic are making up for lost time this holiday season.
“Americans who canceled vacations in 2020 want to reunite with family and friends for the holidays this year, even though they will still need to be aware of the pandemic,” said Debbie Haas, vice president of AAA. . “With vaccines widely available, conditions are very different and many people feel more comfortable traveling this year.
Michigan numbers show a strong rebound in travelers from the 2020 holiday season. More than 3.3 million travelers are expected to travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2. Although this represents 9.9% fewer travelers than the record set in 2019, it is 34% more than last year.
“Travelers should pay close attention to Covid travel requirements, especially those traveling outside of the United States,” Haas said. “Requirements to enter different countries may vary by destination and over time. Additionally, Americans should be aware that the new rules require them to provide a negative Covid test within a day before returning to the United States, regardless of their vaccination status. ”
Road trips remain the main mode of travel during the holidays, with more than 100 million (91%) planning to drive to their destinations, despite the cost of gasoline of $ 1.25 a gallon ago more than a year. Airlines will see an increase of 184% over last year. More than 6 million people are expected to fly, while 3 million are booking buses, trains and cruises.
INRIX, in conjunction with AAA, expects only marginal delays throughout the holiday week. However, with more than 847,000 more Michigan residents on the road than last year, AAA estimates that drivers in major metropolitan areas could see more than double the delays compared to usual driving times.
AAA urges anyone planning to gather or travel for the holidays to consult the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is essential to know the requirements and recommendations based on your vaccination status, your place of departure and your destination.
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