Pandemic, Presidential Election are Key Influencers

Until the AAA // October 28, 2020

Floridians say they travel more comfortably now than they did earlier this year

Floridians cautiously develop plans for the vacation travel season. A new AAA poll found that the pandemic and the presidential election are having a significant impact on how comfortable people are to travel in the coming months.

(AAA) – Floridians are cautiously developing plans for the vacation travel season. A new AAA poll found that the pandemic and the presidential election are having a significant impact on how comfortable people are to travel in the coming months.

According to the survey, the vast majority of Floridians (84%) are concerned about travel this holiday season due to the pandemic. However, confidence is improving.

More than half (51%) of Floridians say they travel more comfortably now than they did earlier this year when the pandemic started. Read the full survey here.

One in four Floridians (24%) plans to travel this holiday season. Although that is half as many as last year, more than a sixth (17%) still have to decide whether to go on a trip.

“While many prefer to stay at home this holiday season, there are some Floridians who are more willing to travel than they were earlier this year,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA – The Auto Club Group.

“Regardless of whether this reliance is based on more education about COVID-19 or the need to get out, AAA urges all travelers to follow the CDC’s safety instructions and work with a trusted travel advisor.”

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The majority of Floridians (70%) say they feel most comfortable in their personal vehicle. This mode of transport offers more personal control over cleanliness and social distancing. (AAA image)

The majority of Floridians (70%) say they feel most comfortable in their personal vehicle. This mode of transport offers more personal control over cleanliness and social distancing.

Car journeys tend to be cheaper due to lower gasoline prices and allow drivers to be more flexible with the timing of their trip.

Air travel

More than half of Floridians (56%) still find it uncomfortable to take a commercial flight. Crowded airports and cramped cabins can make social distancing a challenge.

However, the risk of contracting the virus on an airplane is minimal, according to a new study by the Department of Defense.

The study found that aircraft face covers and air filtration systems drastically reduce the number of dangerous particles in the air.

When do Floridians book vacations?

29% – Before September
16th September
October 21
14th November
13th December

“Travelers shouldn’t wait until the last minute to book their vacation,” Jenkins said.

“The majority of vacationers will have their plans ready by the end of October. That means fewer options and possibly higher prices for people looking for a last minute flight. “

HOTEL OR AIR BNB

Travelers have mixed feelings about hotels, resorts and Air BnBs due to the pandemic. Less than half of travelers say they feel comfortable in a hotel or resort. However, given the choice, twice as many people would prefer a hotel / resort to an Air BnB or a rental home.

VIRTUAL WORK AND SCHOOL ENCOURAGES TRAVEL

With many Americans continuing to work from home and go to virtual school, this temporary lifestyle change opens up new and exciting opportunities for fall travel – especially for those who have postponed summer travel plans.

Half of Floridians (55%) say they are more likely to travel this fall due to the flexibility that virtual work or school offers.

The majority of respondents (79%) say they work from home more often due to the pandemic. A quarter (28%) have someone in their household who has attended a virtual school.

PRESIDENCY ELECTION

The pandemic aside, the presidential election has caused Americans to postpone their travel plans for the past few years. (AAA image)

The pandemic aside, the presidential election has caused Americans to postpone their travel plans for the past few years. This year, a fifth (21%) of Floridians say they postponed their travel plans due to the presidential election.

The main reasons:

Safety Concerns (50%)
Political unrest (28%)
Economic impact (27%)

AAA TRAVEL TIPS AND RESOURCES

Travelers can view a full list of travel tips here.

• Check the travel restrictions. Check AAA’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Card and CDC’s COVID-19 Data Tracker for the latest state and local travel restrictions.

• Plan your road trip. Use TripTik.AAA.com to plan your road trip and see which rest stops, gas stations, restaurants, and hotels are open along your route. You can also find more inspiration for road trips at AAA.com/RoadTrips.

• Prepare your vehicle. Take your car to an AAA-approved auto repair shop to make sure it’s ready for the road trip. To find one near you, visit AAA.com/AutoRepair.

Contact a travel agent. They are a great resource and act as your advocate if your plans change unexpectedly. (AAA image)

• Contact a travel agent. They are a great resource and act as your advocate if your plans change unexpectedly. AAA Travel Consultants are ready to help Americans when they are ready to plan their next adventure. Visit AAA.com/Travel to get started.

• Hotels – Before each hotel stay, call ahead to make sure your hotel is open and ask what precautions they are taking to protect guests. Ask about social distancing protocols such as capacity reductions in common areas and hotel staff requirements to wear masks at all times.

• Car rentals – When renting a car, ask what was done to clean the vehicle. For example, Hertz introduced Hertz Gold Standard Clean, an improved method for disinfecting and disinfecting vehicles.

Use disinfectant wipes to wipe door handles, steering wheels, gear levers, and control panels. Hertz is also offering offers for road drivers this fall.

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