Road Trips Expected to Boom This Summer

When Americans vacation post-pandemic, they will likely jettison air travel for motor vehicles. 

May 08, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C.—Travel industry experts predict Americans will celebrate the end of stay-at-home edicts by packing the family car and heading for a park or beach, CNN Business reports. Road trips are likely to be the travel mode of choice for Americans this summer.

“There is this pent-up demand for travel,” said Amir Eylon, president and CEO of Longwoods International. “What you’re first going to see is day trips, [people] going wherever [they] can get to in a couple hours and coming back home that day.”

Eylon and other experts also forecast U.S. residents will ignore hotels and movie theaters in favor of vacationing in the great outdoors after staying in their homes for weeks. This week, the National Park Service indicated it would open recreational access and services on a park-by-park basis while following health and safety guidelines from the White House and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“People are going to be traveling and taking summer vacations this summer; it’s just going to be different,” said Adam Sacks, president of Travel Economics. “Traveling is going to be weighted toward traveling within one’s driving region.”

These researchers also said incoming and outgoing international travel will stay low as both Americans and foreign travelers remain leery about how the pandemic is being handled abroad and in the United States. “There’s a little bit of a silver lining there,” Sacks said. “All of those outbound trips, many of those will get diverted into domestic trips. That’s going to offset some of the declines from [foreigners choosing not to] travel into the U.S.”

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