Travel agency QCA says numbers are still dropping, with hope for 2022

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MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – While the AAA predicts that travel is up about 34% from last year, local travel agencies say they are still seeing low numbers. Gulliver’s Travel at SouthPark Mall says they only see about 30 to 40 percent of their regular travelers.

While many Americans are vaccinated and travel again, the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID-19 are tiring. Julie Neal, manager at Gulliver’s Travel, tells those who want to travel, even after the holidays: you just have to know how and where to go.

“We have gained so much knowledge over the past two years, but there is a lot out there. If we share this knowledge together, it seems like a great relationship. The flights and airline schedules are a mess, by being aware and having the travel agent, we can track them for you, ”says Neal.

“We see hills and valleys [with the pandemic], we hope it’s not a mountain this time.

She also notes to pack not only your bag, face mask, passport and vaccination card, but also your patience, “Be a really patient traveler right now. If there is a will, there is a path and on the other side there is always a relaxing path, you only have a few hoops left to get there.

Remember to also do your research before you travel or come home. Some countries, like the United States, for example, may request a negative COVID test and proof of vaccination before you can fly.

Winter months are generally slow, according to Neal. But, she expects 2022 to have higher numbers, especially in Europe.

The TSA expects January 2 and 3 to be the busiest days for travel after the holidays.

Neal says that during the pandemic, she saw a variety of travelers at Gulliver’s, from multigenerational families, new couples, girlfriends and seniors. She says some find it easier to travel and deal with the hassle of flights with a travel agent.

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