Survey: $4 gas is a problem for travelers

Eighty percent of people “plan to take as many or more trips this summer as they did last year” – splitting time close to home and on the road, according to a news survey.

The survey from found that 67 percent of would-be travelers would cut back on travel if gas prices hit $4 per gallon.

“With gas prices reaching a 2009 high of $71 per barrel, and prices at the pump rising by forty cents in the last month, we are pleased that our survey revealed that nearly 70 percent of respondents are still planning two to four trips between now and Labor Day,” Sandy Soule, marketing vice president at, said in a news release. “Clearly, travelers are price-sensitive and reduced airfares have stimulated a move away from the popular staycation trend of recent years.”

The survey also found that:

  • 78.6 percent plan to take the same number or more trips than last year
  • 76 percent said good lodging deals would increase their chance of a vacation
  • 70.5 percent plan to take two to four trips this summer
  • 51.2 percent aim to spend less each day
  • 50 percent said the need to “get away” topped the reasons to take a trip
  • 43.4 percent are looking to take shorter vacations
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