Will High Prices Affect Summer Travel?

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

May 23, 2006

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, summer travel plans will also be on the minds of many. However, with high gas prices and vacation costs up about five percent more this year than last, what about summer vacation plans?

"It's certainly enough to make most people think twice I think," said Mary Cail.

"I'm sure most people will continue as routine, but it will stop a few, cause everybody won't be able to afford it," said Ada Monroe.

According to AAA, for the kickoff of summer travel Memorial Day, they expect it to be strong. They estimate that about 850,000 Virginians will hit the roads and the runways.

"They're still traveling, they're still flying to cities, they're still driving," said AAA Retail Office Manager, Mary Gordon.

AAA also believes that in turn, they'll see a high number come summer time.

"If we see a lot of people on the road is in indicative of what we'll see for the rest of the year through September and Labor Day weekend," said Gordon.

Although travelers may still be taking those trips, the high prices may force them to make some changes.

"It would definitely make me think about where I went and how long I stayed," said Cail.

"I'm taking [my SUV] and I'm going with 5 friends, so we're splitting the gas money," said Tip Brown

"I was planning a little something but it looks like if I go I'll be riding with someone else, be chipping in," said Edward Henderson.

They are adjustments that could make the difference when it comes to taking that trip.

AAA also estimates that a family of four will be paying about $260 a day for summer vacation this year.

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