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Two-Thirds of Americans are More Interested in Staycations This Year to Feel Nostalgia

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Three out of five Americans think they’ve wasted their summer if they haven’t traveled anywhere, according to a new poll.

The poll, which surveyed 2,000 adults, revealed that 58% are either planning a summer vacation or already have one in place for this year.

Meanwhile, the average respondent took about four different vacations per year when they were a kid.

So it’s no surprise that more than two in five (42%) identified vacations as their favorite type of trip as a child, more so than family visits (41%) and school field trips (35%).

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Roadpass Digital, the survey asked respondents to explore how their past childhood travels might inform their current plans.

Today, almost two-thirds (63%) of respondents are more interested in planning “staycations”—trips that are closer to home—than they were a few years ago.

This could be because of issues that weren’t at the forefront of people’s minds during previous years—like uncertainty surrounding the pandemic (59%) and overcrowding (55%), which respondents cited as concerns for this upcoming summer.

Another 63% said they are looking to travel more within their home state during the summer than other seasons, possibly due to similar worries.

Whether in their home state or not, 68% have fond memories of going on summer vacation as a kid, and 71% say they enjoy the nostalgia that comes with revisiting childhood vacation destinations.

Three in five would consider returning to those destinations, but only if they could plan the trip differently.

The biggest changes: more than half (51%) would change the length of their stay, and 42% would opt for a different method of travel than they took with their parents when they were a child.

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Watertown airport sees passenger numbers bounce back in 2021

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WATERTOWN — Final passenger tallies are in, and Watertown International Airport’s numbers are bouncing back strongly.

After the COVID-19 pandemic decimated traveler numbers in 2020, the airport reported a 75% increase in passengers arriving and departing in 2021, for a total of 41,897 individual customers served last year.

Airport manager Grant W. Sussey said the facility, owned by Jefferson County and operated as a self-sustaining department, is making a strong comeback as commercial air travel bounces back.

“It’s fantastic to see that people are traveling again,” he said.

He said the evidence of increased travel is everywhere at the airport. The parking lot is full of cars frequently, and the airport’s two daily flights to and from Philadelphia are more full than a year ago.

Mr. Sussey said the relaxing of U.S-Canada border restrictions has meant more Canadians are using the airport as well, and the upcoming vacation season is expected to be a busy one.

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