Steep gas prices won't stop traveling on Memorial Day

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Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 6:46pm

Four dollar gas may be affecting our lives, but according to AAA, it is not going to keep us home this Memorial Day weekend.

Almost 35 million Americans do plan to travel this Memorial Day, the most since 2007.

Some people will do that by taking shorter trips, while others will use more fuel efficient cars.

Nine out of ten holiday travelers are still expected to drive to their destinations, that number down only slightly from last year, in spite of gas prices rising more than a dollar.

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

High costs sure to be a part of many holiday plans this year, but it seems Americans aren't willing to stay home.

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, while many are calling on President Obama to help broker a deal.
 

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