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January 26, 2021 — Today is "National Plan for a Vacation Day," according to the U.S. Travel Association. The occasion takes on a whole new meaning this year, given the number of Americans anxious to get going again―and the many COVID-19-related guidelines and restrictions that make planning ahead more important than ever.
A new order by the Centers for Disease Control goes into effect today, requiring anyone traveling by air into the U.S. to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous three days.
"With the vaccine rolling out and the cold of winter settling in, AAA travel bookings are starting to ramp up as those who are anxious to get away begin exploring possibilities," says Micki Dudas, managing director, leisure travel sales and group programs, AAA Club Alliance. “There is no doubt that COVID-19-related restrictions will add a layer of complexity to planning, but what we are seeing at AAA Travel is that those who want to make the best travel decisions will make the extra effort to ensure everyone's safety."
National Plan for Vacation Day aims to inspire more Americans to take time off and use those days to travel. With the anticipated easing of COVID-19, there will be greater opportunity to do so in the months ahead.
Surveys by the travel industry―including surveys prior to COVID-19―have consistently revealed that workers across America are not using all their dedicated vacation days, negatively affecting health, relationships and companies. Survey data also found that those who actually plan vacations take more time off, and as a result, are happier and healthier. Americans also indicated they are happier when they take time off to travel.
“Regardless of when and where folks decide to travel, it is critical they plan in advance and they understand the guidelines and restrictions, not just where they are headed but also upon their return,” Dudas adds. "Understanding change and cancellation options is also critical and gives those who are ready to book travel at this time a greater sense of comfort in doing so."
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