Sergio Avila

Planning a Trip This Spring, Summer?

Be Prepared for a Different Travel Experience, Says AAA.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (March 11, 2021)  – More than one year since the COVID-19 pandemic upended nearly all travel plans, many Americans are eagerly awaiting their next chance to get out once again and explore. Whether planning a trip this Spring, Summer, or later this year, AAA Travel experts advise would-be travelers things will look very different than their last vacation.

“As vaccinations help boost consumer confidence to begin traveling again, we have to remember that wearing masks and social distancing is still a requirement in most public areas,” said Sergio Avila, spokesperson for AAA Northern California. “The entire travel experience has been transformed by COVID-19. If you’re considering travel sometime this year, it’s more important than ever to do your due diligence ahead of any trip to ensure it is safe and enjoyable.”

What Travelers Can Expect

  • Auto: Road trips to domestic destinations continue to be the preferred form of travel. If you decide to travel by car, you can refer to AAA’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map and for the latest state and local travel restrictions.
  • Air: Due to COVID-19, TSA allows one oversized liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags. Masks are required at airports and on planes. In-flight amenities, including food and beverage services, may be limited or unavailable.
  • Hotels: Amenities may not be available or have reduced hours and capacity. Before any hotel stays, call ahead to ask what precautions they are taking to protect guests. 

Travel agents are more important than ever during a pandemic. They serve as your advocate before, during, and after a trip, and can answer questions related to:

  • Travel insurance options
  • What destinations and attractions are open both domestically and internationally
  • Destination-specific testing and quarantine requirements
  • What to do if you need to make last-minute changes to a trip

In addition to trusted travel agents, travelers have a new resource in the AAA Digital TourBook. Available on smartphone, tablet or desktop, the interactive guides feature detailed destination information, including must-see attractions, AAA Diamond ratings, and sample itineraries.

For more information on AAA Travel resources, visit

About AAA Northern California

AAA has a proud history of serving Members for over 100 years. AAA is on a mission to create Members for life by unleashing the innovative spirit of 4,000 employees representing 6 million Members across Northern California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. In addition to legendary roadside assistance, AAA offers home, auto and life insurance, and extraordinary travel services. According to Via Magazine's Smart Guide, being a AAA Member can save you more than $1,200 a year. Learn more at