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TOLEDO, OH - Those who choose to travel are taking to the roadways rather than flying or using other modes of transportation 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. AAA is seeing demand for travel assistance as families consider last minute Labor Day plans.
“As economies reopen, AAA retail locations are seeing heightened interest in our road trip travel tools,” says Cindy Russeau, AAA spokeswoman. “The majority of requests in the Northwest Ohio area have been for travel guidance to western states and national parks, with members opting to experience scenic drives and destinations rather than theme parks.”
AAA reports a surge in requests for road trip travel tools, such as travel guidebooks, maps and TripTiks, AAA’s customized road trip planner.
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 Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, 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 Russeau.
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.
Members and non-members can also take advantage of AAA’s expanded EZ-Pass program partnership with the Ohio Turnpike. The use of an E-ZPass transponder will allow travelers to electronically record fares when entering and exiting the Turnpike, eliminating the need for person-to-person contact. E-ZPass transponders are available in the six AAA retail stores throughout Northwest Ohio.
In addition to curbside pickup, 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. 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.
For those seeking a scenic drive, AAA offers AAA Road Trips, nearly 600 regional routes throughout the U.S., 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:
Use the AAA mobile app. Remember to bring the AAA mobile app along for the ride. You'll be able to make hotel reservations along the way at AAA member rates, and find local attractions, restaurants, and other venues that offer AAA discounts.
AAA provides automotive, travel, and insurance services to 58 million members nationwide and more than three million members in Ohio. AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years. AAA is a non-stock, non-profit corporation working on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel, and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app (AAA.com/mobile) for iPhone, iPad and Android. For more information, visit www.AAA.com.
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