Travelers who are comfortable taking a trip are making those plans at the last minute

As travelers begin to hit the roads again, many are making travel plans on a whim.

According to hotel booking data, domestic travel bookings show September was the strongest month of the year, but still down 12% compared to 2019. AAA Montana travel data also reveals:

* 49% of hotel bookings are within three days of travel, up from 31% in 2019.

* 65% of hotel bookings are within seven days of departure, up from 45% in 2019.

“Travel destinations around the world have made enhancements to their operations with safety in mind,” Aldo Vazquez, spokesperson for AAA Montana, said. “Would-be travelers should work with a travel professional who can help them research their destination to help determine their level of comfort before booking.”

Shorter, closer trips to home appear to be the new trend as travelers determine for themselves what they are comfortable doing when venturing from home.

These are the top hotel destinations according to data from AAA Montana through September.

1. Las Vegas, NV            

2. San Diego, CA

3. Reno, NV

4. Flagstaff,  AZ             9

5. Sacramento, CA       

6. San Francisco, CA

7. Los Angeles, CA

8. Phoenix, AZ

9. Monterey, CA

10. Salt Lake City, UT

*This list includes data from a seven state region including Northern California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska.

AAA’s TripTik travel tool provides COVID-19 travel restrictions, including roadway checkpoints, border closures and confirmed cases at the state and county level. Travelers looking for hotel destinations can visit to search for lodgings with AAA’s Best of Housekeeping and Diamond designations.

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