NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — While beaches are open in neighboring states like Alabama and Georgia, the CDC is still recommending people stay home and avoid non-essential travel. However, that hasn't stopped some Tennesseans to schedule summer vacations.
The spread of COVID-19 canceled many people’s winter and spring travel plans but travel agents says they're confident vacations will pick up again soon.
Tommy Thompson is an agent at Herron Travel in Nashville. The travel agency has been around for three decades. Thompson says they've went through similar tough travel times before.
"We’ve been doing this about 30 years and lived through 9/11 when people were afraid to get on planes and didn’t want to go through security; and I feel like we’ll get through this again," Thompson said.
She has already helped book a family's vacation to Washington D.C. for this summer and says more requests are coming in. Another agent in the office is helping high school seniors plan a trip to Ireland.
Thompson says many people may still feel uneasy about making plans to get on an airplane, but believes summer vacations will still go on, at least within the United States.
"Within this country, I think we’ll see a lot of family trips and maybe more road trips then normal," said Thompson.
For those who are planning to leave the country, Thompson says to remember that many places are still under quarantine. The CDC recommends anyone traveling internationally to stay home for 14 days and monitor their health upon return.
For guidance on travel, check the Centers for Disease Control's website.