BANGOR — The official start of summer is still about two months away, but people are already booking vacations.
“They’ve got the travel itch,” said Aimee Thibodeau, marketing and business development manager for Bangor International Airport. “We want to get out and get back to a little bit more normal routine, see loved ones that we haven’t seen for a while.”
Thibodeau said she expects to see a greater number of people walk through the gates of the airport this summer compared to last.
“There’s people in the terminal, so we already look a little different than we did at this time last year,” Thibodeau said. “We were right along with everybody else in the country. People weren’t traveling.”
Andrew Leighton, a travel agent at AAA Northern New England, is also predicting an increase following the travel landscape opening back up.
“It seems like every week there’s more and more phone calls coming in,” Leighton said. “Folks from outside interested in coming to Maine as well as those locally who are interested in getting out of Maine.”
Leighton said he credits this to less COVID-19 testing requirements and more vaccinations.
He said hotels are already booking up.
“Plan ahead, so that way if you do want to make that trip happen this summer, you’re guaranteed to have a place to stay and have a car to rent,” Leighton said. “There is a shortage of rental cars this year as well as hotel rooms.”
Both recommended staying up to date with cdc guidelines..
“Whatever your destination point is, you want to make sure that you’ve checked with their guidelines to see if there are quarantine or testing requirements,” Thibodeau said.
“Just because there’s a certain restriction today, it may change by the time you actually travel,” Leighton said.