Nashville, TN – A new AAA travel survey, conducted in January, reveals that 59 percent of Tennesseans are uncomfortable traveling during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
The travel industry has been hit hard by this pandemic. Nearly three-in-five Tennesseans (59%) canceled or rescheduled travel plans in 2020. Currently, over half (52%) of Tennesseans are comfortable staying in a hotel, while only 29 percent feel comfortable taking a commercial flight. The majority (88%) feel most comfortable traveling in their personal vehicle.
The main concerns are:
- Fears of getting sick (63%)
- The number of Covid-19 cases (60%)
- New strains of the virus (50%)
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Treatment and Knowledge Fuels Optimism
With more known about the virus and how it spreads, there appears to be growing confidence among some travelers. Nearly one-in-five (19%) of Tennesseans say they are more comfortable traveling now than when the pandemic began. Their growing confidence was attributed to:
- The implementation of mask use and cleaning policies (42%)
- More knowledge about how the virus spreads (37%)
- Quarantine fatigue/want to get out of the house (27%)
- More confidence in medical treatment and outcomes (25%)
This year, nearly half of Tennesseans (49%) plan to take at least one vacation of 3 days or more. One-third (33%) of respondents plan to take multiple trips. However, over one-in-three residents say they will feel more comfortable traveling after receiving both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine (35%) and when cases begin to decrease (38%).
“The Covid-19 vaccine truly is the key to restoring Americans’ confidence in traveling again,” said Megan Cooper, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “With health experts predicting widespread vaccinations by the summer, AAA Travel Advisors are seeing growing interest in bookings for the second half of the year.”
Additional survey highlights:
- 80% will wear a mask in public while traveling
- 35% are more likely to visit a destination with a mask mandate
- 46% are driving less due to the pandemic (42% – no change in driving habits)
- 33% are more likely to purchase travel insurance than before the pandemic
- 74% will not travel in Q1 (46% cite the pandemic as a reason why)
“For over 100 years, AAA has been helping travelers travel safely and enjoyably,” Cooper continued. “That’s why AAA encourages the use of a trusted travel agent. They are the experts who help you consider options and make informed decisions that fit your comfort level.”
About the AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey
The AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey was conducted online among residents living in Tennessee from January 15th – 24th, 2021. A total of 400 residents completed the survey. Survey results asked of all respondents.
About AAA – The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second-largest AAA club in North America with more than 14 million members across 14 U.S. states, the province of Quebec, and two U.S. territories. ACG and its affiliates provide members with roadside assistance, insurance products, banking, and financial services, travel offerings, and more.
ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 60 million members in the United States and Canada. AAA’s mission is to protect and advance freedom of mobility and improve traffic safety.