AAA Predicts First Decline In Summer Travel In Over A Decade

Many Americans are taking a 'wait and see' approach when it comes to planning trips this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Now AAA is predicting the first decline in summer travel in more than a decade.

As states begin to lift shelter in place restrictions, more people are getting out on the road. “Americans are making travel plans, but they're being more cautious and they’re being more spur of the moment.” said AAA Northern California spokesman Aldo Vasquez.

He said Americans will take over 700 million trips this summer, down 15% compared to last year. 

“This is going to be the first decline in summer travel since 2009, and back then we were dealing with the great recession,” he said.

Now travelers are dealing with the coronavirus. That's why 97% of people are choosing road trips over air travel. 

“Coronavirus is changing the landscape and people are choosing to take road trips where they feel like they're more in control of their environment,” said Vasquez.

Cities that typically draw large crowds won't be as popular this year. 

“Denver, which usually places a little bit lower on our list of destinations, is actually taking the top spot this year.” said Vasquez.

Hotel and car rental reservations have been steadily increasing since April, but Vasquez says air travel will be slower to rebound.