For the last few months, the world has been clouded in uncertainty. After the first outbreak of Covid-19 in Wuhan, China, in January, the virus became a constant, almost impalpable presence in our lives.
Eventually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended high-risk travelers to avoid all nonessential travel. The U.S. cruise industry suspended operations for 30 days. Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and other major theme parks closed temporarily in March. Additionally, many corporations implemented work from home policies, states and localities limited public interactions, schools closed and public life was curtailed considerably.
The travel industry has faced a number of crises including 9/11, the 2008 recession, the 2009 H1N1 pandemic (with over 12,000 deaths in the U.S. alone), the Ebola outbreak in 2014, Paris terror attacks in 2015, as well as various hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcano eruptions. As with previous events, this crisis will subside and we will be stronger because of it.
Your AAA Travel family and our steadfast travel partners have worked tirelessly to provide you the most current information on travel safety and insurance to help travelers make informed decisions. We’ve addressed a variety of concerns from AAA Members and travelers — from questions about travel insurance to timing your bookings or cancellations. It’s human nature to be uncomfortable with uncertainty.
Although the decision to travel is a personal one, we still strongly believe in the transformative nature of travel. Today more than ever, we need to look through the lens of travel with equal parts rationale and inspiration. Whether you’re traveling soon, you’ve postponed your travel plans or you’re thinking of a future vacation, your AAA family is here to help you navigate your journey. We still believe travel provides the delight of dreaming, the enthusiasm of the experience and a collection of memories that will last a lifetime.
Fear is strong, but hope is stronger. Keep dreaming. Keep planning. And know confidently our experienced and professional AAA Travel Agents are ready and willing to assist and support you however they can.
LEARN MORE: Have questions about scheduled or upcoming travel plans? Call 800-444-8691 or visit AAA.com/Travel.
(Go Magazine May/June 2020)