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Holiday travel trends shift in the age of COVID

Posted at 9:05 AM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 09:05:22-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Holiday travel trends are shifting as many people are switching out their plane tickets for a good, old-fashioned road trip due to COVID-19. Others are making new traditions by skipping the annual pilgrimage altogether.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport is reporting roughly half the number of passengers coming through its terminal this October than in 2019, with experts anticipating similar numbers this Thanksgiving season. The airport is now laser-focused on keeping everyone safe and healthy.

The Transportation Safety Administration is now allowing carry-on cough syrup and hand sanitizer up to 10 ounces. All other rules apply, a reminder from the airport’s security director to please leave the turkey at home or put it in your stowaway luggage.

Travelocity tells Fox 17 to do your research when traveling this year, to be mindful of the pandemic restrictions in effect at your destination. In addition to researching your desired restaurants and businesses, it will help you in your travels to be mindful of hotel and car rental safety measures.

Travelocity data shows many people are canceling holiday travel altogether and taking a stay-cation to destress from this year’s chaos. Also, instead of going home for the holidays, many people are choosing a vacation within 300 miles of their homes.

Even In the midst of a pandemic when Michigan roads have seen fewer cars, Michigan State Police says traffic-related deaths are on pace to reach a record high.

So whatever you choose to do this holiday season, use caution, and be prepared for wherever life takes you.