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WASHINGTON, D. C. (Monday, May 3, 2021) –– After more than a year of lock downs, restrictions and COVID concerns, many area residents are ready to travel again- and in a big way. AAA Mid-Atlantic is experiencing a surge in travel requests for longer and more extravagant trips. So-called “Revenge Travel” is a new trend where eager travelers are ready to hit the roads, rails, water and skies and make up for lost time from last year.
“AAA travel advisors are seeing a trend towards extended, more lavish vacations with family and friends who they may not have been able to see for a year or more,” reported John B. Townsend II, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Travelers are upgrading their accommodations, merging two vacations into one, and overall taking things up a notch after having missed one or even two previously planned trips.”
Survey data supports the trend that AAA travel advisors are seeing. In a survey conducted in mid-April by Destination Analysts, “nearly two-thirds of respondents have a high level of excitement about a trip they have not previously considered.”
Vaccinations are adding to the increased excitement over confirming vacation plans within the next four to six weeks and for future extended trips. Over 80% of travelers surveyed by Destination Analysts said they are more comfortable traveling once they are fully vaccinated.
“There is a definite correlation between vaccines and vacation bookings,” said Fred Ashraf, Travel Advisor for AAA. “We are literally getting to share the excitement with our clients who are often getting their final vaccine and contacting us to confirm a vacation on the same day.”
Ashraf, a Senior Travel Advisor for AAA Mid-Atlantic, also reports fielding many calls to inquire about longer trips nowadays. Moreover, Ashraf recently booked three cabins for a 14-day cruise through the Panama Canal and a package for 45 days for two couples, who also want to book three other packages all the way to 2023.
Oh yes, about that phraseology “revenge travel,” as one travel advisor explains it, it refers to the trend that “travelers the world over are now beginning to plan longer, further and more expensive vacations in retaliation to the dreary and lengthy coronavirus quarantine.”
New Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines are also adding to the increased comfort and seem to be a game changer for many. Those who are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC, are “are less likely to get and spread SARS-CoV-2 and can now travel at low risk to themselves within the United States.”
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Overall confidence about the safety of traveling in the future is further fueling the excitement about longer and more elaborate vacations. “Travelers are ready to embrace traveling again and feeling safe about doing so. The positive energy from travelers is palpable and a welcome change after a rough year for all of us,” added Ashraf.
Tips for travelers:
- Plan ahead/Be flexible: Pent up demand and limited capacity in some cases is resulting in the need for flexibility when confirming travel dates, times and destinations.
- Be ready to pay more: The laws of supply and demand are in full play in the travel industry.
- Be informed and prepared for COVID protocols: Being educated about COVID requirements is critical and they are changing regularly. Don’t rely on the research you did a month ago, check and double check regularly to ensure that you are prepared. AAA advises travelers to keep in mind that some local and state travel restrictions may still remain in place. Travelers can refer to AAA’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and TripTik.AAA.com for the latest information to plan their trip.
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