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AAA: 62% of Michigan Residents are Uncomfortable Traveling During the Pandemic

The vaccine is the key to recovery

DEARBORN, Mich., (February 23, 2021) — A new AAA travel survey, conducted in January, reveals that 62 percent of Michigan residents are uncomfortable traveling during the Covid-19 pandemic. The main concerns are:

  • Fears of getting sick (59%)
  • New strains of the virus (51%)
  • The number of Covid-19 cases (49%)

Click here to view the AAA Consumer PulseTM Survey

The travel industry has been hit hard by this pandemic. Two-thirds of Michiganders (66%) canceled or rescheduled travel plans in 2020. Currently, almost half (45%) of Michigan residents are comfortable staying in a hotel or resort, while only 27 percent feel comfortable taking a commercial flight. The majority (80%) feel most comfortable traveling in their personal vehicle.

Treatment and Knowledge Fuels Optimism

With more known about the virus and how it spreads, there appears to be growing confidence among some travelers. About 1 in 5 Michigan residents (21%) say they are more comfortable traveling now than when the pandemic began – 12 percentage points more than when we last surveyed in October. Their growing confidence was attributed to:

  • The implementation of mask use and cleaning policies (44%)
  • More knowledge about how the virus spreads (37%)
  • Quarantine fatigue or wanting to get out of the house (21%)
  • Having received the COVID-19 vaccination (20%)

This year, over half of Michigan residents (57%) plan to take at least one vacation of 3 days or more. Over one-third (38%) of respondents plan to take multiple trips – up 9 percentage points from 2020. However, about 2 in 5 residents say they will feel more comfortable traveling after receiving both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine (43%) and when cases begin to decrease (36%).

"The Covid-19 vaccine truly is the key to restoring Americans' confidence in traveling again," said Adrienne Woodland, spokesperson, AAA – The Auto Club Group. "With health experts predicting widespread vaccinations by the summer, AAA Travel Advisors are seeing growing interest in bookings for the second half of the year."

Additional survey highlights:

  • 77% will wear a mask in public while traveling
  • 36% are more likely to visit a destination with a mask mandate
  • 58% are driving less due to the pandemic (31% - no change in driving habits)
  • 36% are more likely to purchase travel insurance than before the pandemic
  • 72% will not travel in Q1 (48% cite the pandemic as a reason why)

"For over 100 years, AAA has been helping travelers travel safely and enjoyably," Woodland continued. "That's why AAA encourages the use of a trusted travel agent. They are the experts who help you consider options and make informed decisions that fit your comfort level."

About the AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey

The AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey was conducted online among residents living in Michigan from January 15 - 24, 2021. A total of 400 residents completed the survey. Survey results asked of all respondents have a maximum margin of error of ± 4.9% points. Responses are weighted by age and gender to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the adult population (18+) in Michigan.

AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary - A Century of Service in 2016 and has over 1.5 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG). Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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