Gas Prices Wont Stop Summer Travel

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 2:17pm

AAA forecast says high gas prices won't stop vacationers.

Gas prices may taking a toll on our wallets, but according to the American Automobile Association, it is not going to keep us home this memorial day weekend.

Almost 35 million Americans say they plan to travel 50 miles or more.

"The bottom line is that paying at the pump will not keep us at home during the holiday," says AAA president & CEO Robert Darbelnet, ""but they will spend less, down about $100 compared to what was spent last year."

They'll do that by taking shorter trips.

Some say they'll use more fuel efficient cars.

Nine out of ten holiday travelers, or 30.9 million people, are still expected to drive to their destinations, down only slightly from last year in spite of gas prices up more than a dollar.

Meanwhile, air travel is forecast to rise 11.5 percent over last year even though airfares have skyrocketed as well.

With the defeat of two very partisan energy bills in the Senate this week, some members of Congress have promised to keep pushing new energy packages, and many are calling on President Obama to help broker a deal.

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