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Poll: Vaccine Giving Americans Confidence to Travel

AAA’s travel manager, Jessica Brady, assured that “This is the largest growth we have seen since the pandemic began”

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The number of Americans with more confidence in traveling after COVID-19 increased to 60% according to a study by the Automobile Association of America (AAA). The report explained that confidence increases as vaccination progresses in the country.

The document details that between January and February, the number of those planning domestic trips for vacations among the members of this association, which has more than 60 million members in the United States and Canada, increased by 69 %.

AAA’s travel manager, Jessica Brady, assured that “This is the largest growth we have seen since the pandemic began”.

Those interviewed that might be traveling after COVID-19 pandemic confirmed that the safety for planning trips is due to the vaccination campaign being carried out in the United States. The country is immunizing at least 4.5 million people per day. According to Our World in Data, more than 32% of the U.S. population had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday.

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People are more confident about traveling after COVID-19 as vaccination advances (EFE)
Greater motivation to plan traveling after COVID-19

To conduct the study, 5,000 people were interviewed. Of those surveyed, 25% said they expect to travel during 2021 for their vacations. In terms of planning, 80% of people plan trips of 2 and 3 days in duration. While 20 % would take a one-day trip. The survey was conducted between March 12 and 18 and has a margin of error of 1.4%.

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Despite the results, 69% expressed concern about the disease and contagion. Meanwhile, 70% said they would travel more if it were not for the pandemic. In Florida, half of residents said they were comfortable traveling, an increase of nearly 10 percentage points from a previous AAA survey in January.

Sixty-two percent of Floridians, according to the study, expect to travel in 2021 and 30 percent will take their next 3-day trip before June. “While many want to wait until summer, some have already received their vaccine and are motivated to travel now,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins.

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