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Americans torn between taking a vacation and avoiding the coronavirus, surveys find – News – Wicked Local

Americans would love to go on vacation. They’re just not sure they should actually go.

That’s the finding of two surveys that both found many travelers are expressing hesitation due to the coronavirus pandemic about taking a trip.

Some 67% of those responding to an AAA Travel survey released Thursday say they are uncertain about whether to take a vacation.

And online travel booking site Travelocity found 57% of Americans say they won’t travel for the year-end holidays this year.

The findings are in line with advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which offers a world map that indicates the coronavirus is a threat in just about every country, including the U.S.

The AAA survey points to a trend that has become a theme of fall travel since the pandemic started causing broad shutdowns in March – more trips by car often to outdoor destinations and planned days or a week, not months, ahead of time.

About 80% of vacation trips will be by car, and places “known for outdoor recreation and socially distanced fun” will be particularly popular, AAA said.

As if to prove the point, two new outdoor-oriented destinations show up on AAA’s list of most popular driving vacation destinations. Keystone, South Dakota, gateway to Mount Rushmore, now takes sixth place. Colorado, the Rocky Mountain State, adds Colorado Springs in 10th place.

The Top 10 are:

Denver

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

San Diego

Seattle

Keystone

Portland, Oregon

Phoenix

Colorado Springs

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

“Trips that allow people to take advantage of the great outdoors are particularly appealing this fall,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel, in a statement.

Families are open to vacations at the end of the year, but are wary of the coronavirus. Most of those who take a trip will go by car. Here’s how it was done 70 years ago when families loaded up the station wagon.

She cited state and national parks, beaches and gardens as the kind of COVID-19-safe attractions that are popular.

The Travelocity survey found 25% of respondents surveyed in mid-September had planned to take a vacation by the end of the year.

Despite the general trend toward booking trips on short notice, Travelocity found about 60% of both those planning Thanksgiving or December holiday trips had planned to book by the end of September. Those planning travel said they have already made travel arrangements for Thanksgiving or December trips.

“It’s going to be a nontraditional holiday season this year, so families are gearing up to make the most of it by planning a holiday away from home and using their vacation days to travel,” says Katie Junod, Travelocity’s general manager, in a statement.

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Norwood Recreation to host Trunk or Treat – News – Wicked Local

Editor’s Note: The following comes from the Norwood Recreation Department.

The Recreation Department has partnered with the Skating Club of Boston, 750 University Ave., and they are hosting the Trunk or Treat Drive Through on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11:30 a.m. The club has a huge parking lot perfect for a drive-thru.

This year the cost will be $5 per car that drives through, and all the money will go to the Norwood Food Pantry. All cars must be preregistered.

This event is for Norwood residents only.

Participants will drive through and see all the different themed trunks and be able to wave; the department encourages participants to wear costumes and decorate their cars and get in the Halloween spirit.

Each trunk this year will not be passing out candy, but participants will receive a goody bag at the end of all the trunks from the Recreation Department due to COVID. The department already has more than 25 cars registered to decorate trunks, and police, fire, light, Norwood Community Media and DPW will be bringing a truck.

Registration will be limited and will open on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 9 a.m. There will be two time slots; only cars registered for the time slot will be able to drive through at that time.

 

Candy donations wanted

This year the department is making more than 500 goodie bags for Trunk or Treat participants. In order to donate all the proceeds to the Norwood Food Pantry, we need your help with candy donations.

Individually wrapped candy can be sent via Amazon to 165 Nahatan St., or candy dropped off at the Civic Center. We are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. All candy donations need to be brought in by Friday, Oct. 16.

 

 

 

 

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