AAA advises with travel tips, even with fewer Americans traveling this Thanksgiving – The Apopka Voice

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AAA advises caution and preparation for those who decide to travel; the expectation for Florida is 2.8 million travelers

From AAA

AAA forecasts fewer Americans will travel for Thanksgiving this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Health concerns and unemployment are the key factors in what is expected to be the lowest Thanksgiving travel volume in four years, and the largest yearly decline since the Great Recession.

AAA projects 50 million Americans will travel this Thanksgiving. In Florida, the expectation is 2.8 million travelers. However, these figures could be even lower as Americans monitor the public health landscape, including rising COVID-19 positive case numbers, renewed quarantine restrictions and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) travel health notices.

“AAA acknowledges that the decision to travel is a personal one,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The CDC says staying home is the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19. For those who still decide to travel, we urge you to take every precaution possible to protect yourself and others.”

U.S. Thanksgiving Travel Volumes
Total Travelers Automobile Air Other
(Bus, Train, Cruise)
2020 50.6 M 47.8 M 2.4 M 353,000
2019 56 M 49.9 M 4.58 M 1.5 M
Change -9.7% -4.3% -47.5% -76.2%
Travelers Since
2016 2017 2009 2001*
Lowest on record