LIMA — Fewer Ohioans will be taking to the roads in the upcoming holidays, all thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
Many states are urging people to stay closer to home this year.
After 11 straight years of year-end holiday travel growth, the American Automobile Association is predicting a 30% drop in the number of Ohio residents traveling during the 12-day year-end holiday travel period, which runs from Wednesday through Jan. 3.
Public health concerns are keeping nearly three-fourths of Ohioans home this holiday, and 96% of those who travel will be driving to their destination.
A recent survey from AAA finds 59% of Ohioans are considering a trip in 2021, although many remain uncomfortable traveling next year due to COVID-19 concerns. The survey indicated those who plan to travel will continue to opt for more domestic road trips and activities that facilitate social distancing rather than international trips or cruises.
The survey also found that only 31% of those considering a vacation have actually booked the trip.
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