The confidence of Americans to take vacations in the coming months has increased as vaccination in the country progresses, according to a study released this Wednesday by the Association of Motorists of America (AAA, in English).
Between January and February, the number of those who plan domestic trips for vacations among the members of this association has grown by 69%, according to the AAA’s travel manager, Jessica Brady.
“It is the largest growth we have seen since the pandemic began,” added the AAA specialist, which has more than 60 million members in the United States and Canada.
25% of the 5,000 respondents for this survey, conducted between March 12 and 18 and with a margin of error of 1.4%, said that during this 2021 they hope to be able to take vacation trips of between 2 and 3 days in duration, while that 20% will only make a one-day trip.
Still, despite the fact that almost a third of the US population has received at least one dose of the vaccine to date, COVID-19 still raises suspicion: 69% confessed to being concerned about contracting the disease and 70% said that I’d travel more this year if it weren’t for the pandemic.
In the case of Florida, almost half of the residents of this southern state (47%) confessed to being comfortable taking a trip, an increase of almost 10 percentage points over a previous AAA study in January.
According to the latest data, 62% of Floridians expect to travel in 2021 and 30% will make 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.
Floridians cite the vaccine and increased safety measures as the top two reasons for their comfort in planning vacations this year.
More than a quarter (28%) say they have received the vaccine, while a third (30%) base their confidence on masks and disinfection.