More than six of 10 Americans say it’s important they get away from home this year, a recent USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds. And many say they’re finding ways around high gasoline prices, airfares and hotel rooms to do it.
“Rising gas prices won’t at all affect my vacation,” says Richard Miller of Plano, Texas, who’s flying to San Francisco in July with a ticket he scooped up in a fare sale. “I’m going.”
The poll indicates that Americans are prepared to pay more to get away this summer: 71% of those who tend to travel say they expect to spend more on transportation this year, and 44% plan on paying more for food, lodging and entertainment.
Pay more they will. Nearly every aspect of travel in the USA costs more than it did last year, with the summer travel season starting in less than two weeks, on Memorial Day weekend.
A trip to Europe may be out of the question, with airline ticket prices rising and a weak U.S. dollar that limits Americans’ spending power. However, the desire to get away from home and work often is trumping rising prices when it comes to traveling within the USA.