Despite the advice of national health experts, AAA says it expects about 85 million people to travel in the United States over the holiday season.
Adrienne Woodland is spokesperson for the organization in Michigan. She says that number is down from the more than 110 million who traveled over the same period in 2019.
“In Michigan, almost 2.6 million could potentially travel and that’s down about 30 percent compared to last year," Woodland said.
Woodland recommends following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s directions to stay home over the holidays. She says those who do travel should check ahead on their destination’s local health restrictions and guidelines.
Still, with more than two million Michiganders expected to ignore those guidelines, Woodland says one trend that’s been observed is an increase in people taking road trips.
She advises travlers to pack things like personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer.