Memorial Day Travel Inches Down, Survey Shows

A survey from AAA shows that the number of people traveling 50 miles or more from home this year is down compared with last year's Memorial Day weekend — but it's only down by about 1 percent. Spokesman Mike Pina says about 6 million people are flying and more than 31 million will hit the roads.

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And all this talk about recession and the reality of high gas prices is making some people reconsider how much they spend on travel. A survey from AAA shows that the number of people traveling 50 miles or more from home this year is down compared to last year's Memorial Day weekend. It's down nearly 1 percent. And that figure leads AAA spokesman Mike Pina to this conclusion.

Mr. MIKE PINA (AAA): There are a small number of people who are going to choose to spend their holiday weekend on their deck with a beer and a grill. But for the vast majority of Americans gas prices are high, but they're not high enough to not take their kids on vacation or not take the time off that they had put in for months ago.

Pina says about six million people are flying and more than 31 million will hit the roads. Meaning your major worry this weekend may not be gas prices, it'll be traffic.

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