Columbus (WCMH) – Vacation travel is on the rise again across the country, and Columbus travel has increased 58% since 2020, although Covid-19 cases have skyrocketed.

The majority of the travelers NBC 4 spoke to said they felt a lot safer flying because we now have different resources to keep us healthy. Rapid Covid-19 tests at home, vaccines, booster shots, and masks all helped.

When children between the ages of 5 and 11 could be vaccinated, it became a turning point.

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Last year, 13-year-old Sage Casey’s family did not travel.

“I wasn’t vaccinated then and we decided it wasn’t safe,” said Casey.

“We’re all vaccinated so we feel good,” said Casey.

Traveler Demeo Jagana says that as someone traveling to Africa to visit his family, it was imperative that they do everything in their power to stay healthy.

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“I still want to take another test when I get home just to make sure I’m safe in my family,” said Demeo Jagana. He says it is his first time traveling in about 6 years and says he couldn’t wait any longer to see his family.

“I just want to say happy holidays to everyone. Have fun, enjoy yourself, spend quality time with your family. Time is of the essence. With everything that goes on, I think everyone understands that you can’t get time back – and anything can happen at any time, ”said Jagana.


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