Travel News Travel Tips Here's How Many People Are Still Planning to Travel This Year There's a lot of uncertainty involved, according to the AAA By Katherine Alex Beaven Katherine Alex Beaven Instagram Katherine Alex Beaven is a freelance news writer for TripSavvy. She’s lived abroad in Italy, Japan, South Africa, and Australia. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 10/16/20 Fact checked by Jillian Dara Fact checked by Jillian Dara Instagram Emerson College Jillian Dara is a freelance journalist and fact-checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Michelin Guides, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Forbes. TripSavvy's fact-checking Share Pin Email Thomas Barwick / Getty Images According to a recent AAA survey, people are starting to feel more and more comfortable with the idea of traveling somewhere. However, though many folks are planning to take trips by the end of the year, the survey found that 67 percent were dubious if they would actually be able to. Fair enough. The rollercoaster ride we’ve experienced in the last few months has caused a constant yo-yoing status of travel restrictions around the globe. Forget Vegas, betting on upcoming travel plans seems to be 2020’s favorite new game of risk-versus-reward. While many airlines, hotels, and other travel-related companies have extended or completely dropped change and/or cancellation fees, it seems that some people are still hesitant to pull the trigger on their vacation plans. AAA shared that one in five travelers who said they were planning on taking a trip sometime this year have yet to book—and they don’t plan to until about a week before their travel dates. The rise in cautious travelers is not without cause. This last-minute booking behavior has been a trend throughout the pandemic, likely due to the seemingly ever-changing travel statuses and reopening dates. Seesawing case numbers, especially in the United States, are also a big force behind belated bookings. In fact, just on Thursday, multiple news outlets reported that 21 states—Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming—had reached their peak seven-day average of new cases. No wonder AAA found that nearly 80 percent of trips planned for the fall are road trips—another travel trend we’ve seen during the pandemic. “In a sign of the rising popularity of auto travel this fall,” AAA’s report announcement said, “use of AAA’s popular TripTik road trip planning tool has doubled compared to the spring and early summer.” It makes sense: while road trips still require a basic level of planning, they are also the most flexible and the least likely to leave you in a lurch thanks to an unforeseen change of plans. The announcement also said that lower-than-usual fall fuel prices, the lowest fall prices since 2016, may entice people to get behind the wheel for their travel plans. Unsurprisingly, AAA also reported that the most popular U.S. road trip destinations were locations rich with outdoor space built for social distancing, like Denver, Colorado; Keystone, South Dakota; and Colorado Springs, Colorado—all destinations that made it into the top 10. "Trips that allow people to take advantage of the great outdoors are particularly appealing this fall,” said Paula Twidale, the senior vice president of AAA Travel. “From hiking and exploring state and national parks, to visiting beaches and outdoor gardens, all of these top road trip destinations feature activities that allow families to enjoy America’s backyard within their individual comfort levels.” Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit What to Do if Your Holiday Travel Doesn't Go as Planned Travelers Are Itching to Get out There—and Are Planning Longer Trips Than Ever Thailand’s Maya Bay, Made Famous by 'The Beach,' Is Reopening After 3 Years Why the EU Travel Ban (Mostly) Doesn't Matter if You're Vaccinated More People Are Planning Solo Trips for Labor Day—Here's Where They're Heading Airlines Are Now Adding—and Dropping—Flights in Anticipation of Future Travel These Are America's Best Cities for a Quickie Vacay Everyone's Going to Europe This Summer—But Here's How You Can Beat the Crowds When Will My State Reopen? Dates for Every U.S. State How COVID-19 Has Changed Hotel, Airport, and Restaurant Design Traveling This Holiday Season? Be Prepared for Higher Rental Car Prices A Recent Overbooked Flight Ended up Costing Delta $180,000 Why Are So Many Hotels Opening Near National Parks? Vrbo's 2021 Trend Report Shows a Rise in Family Travel and the "Flexcation" Outdoor Activities Soared During the Pandemic—Including Some You Might Not Expect Hospitality Design Is Having an 'Instagram Moment'