DENVER (CBS4) – A new AAA poll found that nearly half of Coloradans are happy to take a trip this spring. A quarter of the Coloradans surveyed say they feel more comfortable now because they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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“We knew from the start that the vaccine was key to restoring travel confidence,” said Skyler McKinley, AAA’s regional director of public affairs. “What we didn’t know was how quickly the demand would return. We’re seeing the biggest monthly bumps in travel inquiries since last March. “

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The survey found that 47% of Coloradans are willing to travel, up from nearly 10% in January. A total of 400 Coloradans completed the survey in March.

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Survey results among Coloradans:

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  • 60% plan to travel in 2021
  • 46% of travelers will start their next three-day trip before July.
  • 70% say they would travel more if there wasn’t a pandemic.
  • 31% say new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention make travel more comfortable
  • 44% will travel more comfortably if they are fully vaccinated.
  • 6% are unwilling to wear a mask in public while traveling
  • 48% would be encouraged to visit a destination through mask mandates.

According to the AAA, national / state parks, beaches, and major cities are the top destinations for Colorado travelers this time of year.