Fall is here on Tuesday, September 22nd, and summer is almost gone. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, it was a different kind of summer for everyone. Think about all the things that you were going to during but couldn't.

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For me, it was the DICK'S Sporting Goods Open, officiating basketball summer leagues and AAU tournaments. However, there were many things that I was able to do during the pandemic.

I took road trips to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Gilligan's Island Ice Cream in Sherburne, and 1911 Cider House in Lafayette. I also can't forget about all the wonderful graduation and birthday car parades that I participated in

My plans changed but it seemed like I did more traveling this year and apparently it's not just me. There's a new report by seoClarity that says that total travel is down but road trips have increased substantially.

It's not surprising that across America, total travel was down 30% because there was a 70% decline in air travel and more people were working at home. However, there was a 37.6% increase in road trip travel.

In Binghamton, the numbers were much better. Total travel decreased by around 27% but road trips increased by 45.5% during the same time. At first, I was surprised by the report but I looked back at my summer adventures.

My niece Britanny and her husband Shawn bought an RV and they've been traveling to different campsites in New York and Pennsylvania. I was able to join them at Tioga-Hammond Lakes in Tioga PA. I drove a jet ski for the first time and was able to mark that off my bucket list.

If it was a normal summer, I wouldn't have had the chance to make the trip and have all these AWESOME memories with my family. So I might not have been able to go to as many states because of New York travel restrictions but the places I could go were well worth it.

What road trips did you take this summer because of the pandemic?