More Americans Traveling As Vaccination Rates Increase, Pandemic Restrictions Ease – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – More Americans are traveling by air or land as vaccination rates rise and pandemic restrictions ease. The travel forecasts for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend have increased significantly compared to last year.
AAA predicts that 34.4 million people will drive to their destination this coming Memorial Day weekend. That’s compared to 22.6 million last year. The top destinations have sun, sand and serenity in common, such as beaches and national parks.
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The driver may feel the squeeze on the pump. The national average price for gas is more than $ 3 per gallon.
Renting a car costs a lot more than just gasoline. There is high demand and low supply as many companies reduced their fleets during the pandemic. According to Peter Greenberg, senior travel adviser at CBS News, the estimate for a rental car in Florida was $ 441 per day. Experts say reserve early, be flexible with your dates, book with a local rental location rather than an airport, or find alternatives like public transportation.
Air traffic is also in full swing. The TSA said it screened more than 1.8 million passengers on Sunday, a number that has not been seen since March 2020.
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“We expect families to keep traveling, and we believe this trend will continue throughout the summer,” said Shane Carter, a spokesman for Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Health experts say passengers can feel safe about aircraft ventilation.
“The air is completely replaced about every three minutes, which is better than some medical facilities,” said Jon LaPook, chief medical correspondent for CBS News.
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Be sure to find out about your travel destination’s local COVID-19 restrictions.