Coronavirus pandemic will dent summer travel, AAA predicts, but not road trips
If you're planning to take a road trip, remember these tips while traveling. USA TODAY
Americans will take 150 million fewer trips this summer because of the The national average price this week is $2.15 a gallon, according to AAA, down from $2.66 a year ago, but up from $1.95 a month ago.
AAA said its travel experts have noticed a rebound in hotel and car rental bookings since April.
Searches for destinations on AAA's popular TripTik planner, which includes coronavirus restrictions, show less interest in places that draw large crowds. Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle and Phoenix are the top five most searched. Portland, Oregon; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Orlando, Florida; San Diego; and Nashville, Tennessee, round out the top 10.
Summer travelers should monitor for evolving coronavirus restrictions as an announcement Wednesday by the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut underscores. The states are now requiring a 14-day quarantine for visitors from other states where coronavirus cases are on the rise, and some other states have traveler quarantine requirements, as well.
The nation's leading public health officials warn Americans to be cautious when making their summer travel plans. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, told USA TODAY's editorial board Tuesday that he's postponing a family beach vacation to South Carolina due to the recent increase in coronavirus cases in the state.
"As a grandfather and a guy who hoped to have a beach week with my grandkids and my daughters coming up in about a month, we're not doing it," he said.
Still, other public health experts say travelers can protect themselves. Road trips and camping trips are less risky than air, rail or bus travel because travelers can limit their interactions with other people, Joseph Khabbaza, a pulmonary and critical care physician at the Cleveland Clinic, told USA TODAY.
"Distancing isn’t always possible to the extent you’d like," Khabbaza said of the confined spaces on planes, trains and buses. "That’s not going to go away as long as the virus is around."
Contributing: David Oliver, USA TODAY