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August 14, 2020 - Those who choose to travel are taking to the roadways rather than flying this summer, according to AAA. But they aren’t opting for the usual tourist spots, as concerns over the coronavirus continue to shape travel plans.
“As economies reopen, AAA retail locations are seeing heightened interest in our road trip travel tools,” says Leslie Gamble, manager, public and government affairs, AAA Oklahoma. “Requests from Oklahoma members have primarily been for travel guidance to areas known for spectacular natural scenery in the great northwest, such as the Grand Canyon, the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier National park. In-state scenic drives and destinations are also popular.”
AAA reports a surge in requests for road trip travel tools, such as travel guidebooks, maps and TripTiks, AAA’s customized road trip planner. “They provide a break from technology many regularly use for trip planning and engage our minds in a different way,” Gamble said. “Many grew up with AAA TripTiks as a part of their vacations, so it provides comfort to re-enact those days with others, perhaps even a younger generation.”
While Orlando has typically been among the top destinations any month of the year, vacationers across the region are now more interested in road trips and wide open spaces where they can more safely manage coronavirus risks.
AAA Club Alliance, the third largest AAA club in the nation, serves more than 6 million members in Kentucky, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. The club reports the following destinations as the most popular requests members made for TripTiks in June:
Road trips made easy with curbside service
With road trip essentials like maps, tour books and TripTiks being the number one requested service this summer, AAA is trying to make it as safe and easy as possible for members to request travel guidance.
“AAA understands that the decision to travel during these times is a personal one. As travelers plan for future trips we are here to help and safety remains our top priority,” says Gamble.
Members can take advantage of curbside services when requesting TripTiks, tour books and other travel materials, avoiding the need to go into a AAA retail location for the tools they need to plan their road trip.
For those still wanting to use their screens, TripTiks and other travel tools are also available on the AAA website and on the AAA mobile app. Virtual guidebooks are available for journeys across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The guidebooks come complete with itineraries to get the most out of any destination, even if you have only a few days to spend. They include in-depth destination information with links to articles, videos, travel tips and more. Those traveling with a family will find lists of kid-friendly attractions as well.
AAA also offers AAA Road Trips, nearly 600 regional routes throughout the U.S. and Canada, with descriptive narratives for each leg of the journey and recommended things to see and do.
The AAA mobile app highlights AAA-diamond rated hotels and restaurants, directions, attractions and more, with information from AAA travel editors. It also lists current gas prices.
Plan ahead for a safe trip
In these times of the pandemic, AAA reminds travelers it’s important to take some extra precautions to reduce risks of the coronavirus. Here are some ways to stay safe when traveling:
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