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Last-minute travel ramps up locally and nationally


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Local travel is following the national upward trend.

According to an article written by Travel and Leisure, people are beginning to schedule summer trips across the nation.  

Locally, the same patterns are occurring. People are quickly scheduling and taking trips at the last minute.

“In the past three weeks, beach, mountain and other domestic trips have picked up tremendously, so much so that people are planning next week trips if there is availability,” said owner of Blue Horizon Travel Priscilla Cleveland.

Airports were one of the hardest hit industries by the pandemic.

On April 14, only 87,534 passengers were screened at U.S. airports, which was a record low number, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). That number was down 2.28 million from March 1 and a 96 percent drop from that date in 2019.

“As soon as people felt like it was safe to travel from point A to point B, families have taken advantage of it because they like to travel with kids being out of school,” said Cleveland. “It is important to me and really anyone, even if you are not in travel, to see parts of the world and U.S. sort of leveling out. The good time is still to come, and the future looks promising.”

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