(WVVA)- There’s a high demand and desire to travel right now, especially this holiday weekend. Families are starting to pack up and head out for the last vacation of the summer. Before leaving, a travel expert recommends researching how widespread COVID-19 is at your destination.
“The landscape of travel has change. People aren’t visiting theme parks and things like that, but they are opting for more scenic destinations. In our area people are going to see state parks, national parks. There’s a parkway called Natchez Trace that goes through Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama and that’s a popular road trip for people in our region,” Kristen Farley, Associate Manager at AAA said.
Farley says the top hotspots within a 400 mile radius of the two Virginias includes, Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and Nashville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg in Tennessee.
“We don’t discourage people to take vacation, it is a personal decision, but if you do decide to visit one of those hotspots just remember to take more precautions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus,” Farley said.
Britiany Arnold is traveling from Ohio to see her mother in Florida. It’s a trip she says she put off due to the pandemic. She says she’s following safety protocols on the road.
“We’ve been doing hand sanitizing, we’ve been doing mask wearing, washing our hands. We have the antibacterial wipes in the car. We try not to stop and have snacks so that we can stay away from all of the hot spot areas,” Arnold said.
Although some families are opting out to travel this Labor Day weekend, they are making their travel plans for 2021. They hope the pandemic is in their rear-view mirror.