After a long year of staying inside and at home, Columbia residents and people across mid-Missouri want to get out and about.

As COVID-19 restrictions are easing in the U.S. and neighboring countries, more people are starting to look toward traveling and taking vacations, said AAA travel adviser Ben Coyle, who works out of the Columbia office on Grindstone Parkway

“The last 1 1/2 to two months have been pretty insane now that things have started opening up a little bit,” Coyle said. “People have definitely been catching the travel bug and are ready to do just about anything they can.”

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Part of Coyle’s job is knowing what restrictions are in place at a given travel destination. He will provide this information to his clients as they make their plans. 

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