Millennials are capitalizing on cheap air tickets and hotel rates as people around the world cancel their trips because of fears of the new coronavirus.
Young Americans like 20-year-old Ashley Henkel from California’s Central Valley are taking advantage of the low rate and ignoring the imminent viral threat to travel this summer to Vancouver, New York City and Portland, Oregon, according to NBC News.
Increased cases of coronavirus outside of China in recent weeks have crippled the hospitality and travel industry with flight schedules being scaled-down and airline stocks plunging, forcing carriers to cut prices to entice high-risk high-reward travelers like Henkel.
These cheap deals have put air travel within reach for people who usually would not be able to fly.
“I feel like if the coronavirus would get even more serious and like wipe out a large amount of people, I might as well be somewhere having fun,” Henkel told NBC News in a message.
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