A good friend makes a trip to a new state park whenever he gets the chance. A coworker sprinted up to the North Shore this weekend to get in some skiing before all the snow melts. I enjoy venturing to a new area to go for a scenic run. Case-in-point the Zumbro Endurance Run this weekend.

Minnesotans are ready to travel for a summer vacation this year, according to a AAA survey. Indications are that people in the state are feeling safety measures are in place, fear about the virus is down, and vaccination numbers are on the rise.

In a news release from AAA, their survey finds that "nearly half of Minnesotans (49%) are comfortable taking a trip. That's almost a 10 percentage-point increase compared to our previous survey in January."

Meredith Mitts, spokeswoman for AAA - The Auto Club Group, states, "After a full year in a global pandemic, there is so much pent-up demand for travel that our AAA travel agents are seeing tremendous enthusiasm from Minnesotans who are eager to plan a trip. While many want to wait until the summer, some have already received their vaccine and are motivated to travel now."

If you are actuary, you might find the full survey results interesting. Otherwise you probably don't need to click there. Hear from AAA representatives on the level of optimism among Minnesotans to travel.

A few numbers from the AAA survey:

  • Nearly 60% of Minnesotans intend to travel somewhere in 2021
  • About a-third will take a three-day trip before June
  • More than half say they would travel more if it weren't for the pandemic.
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