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Take a near-cation

Americans planning to stay closer to home on vacations

Gazette staff June 22nd, 2011

According to a new study conducted by a national hotel brand, 67 percent of Americans are planning to travel this summer, up from 62 percent last year.

A full quarter of travelers plan to take a “near-cation” — that is, to stay close to home. The Cambria Suites survey found that 93 percent of those travelers cited money-related reasons for doing so.

Not surprisingly, prices at the pump remain a key element in determining vacation plans, with 56 percent citing rising fuel costs as their reason for taking a near-cation. In addition, 46 percent believed that fuel costs have made airline travel not as affordable for them.

The online survey was conducted in May among 1,030 adults 18 and older. —Gazette staff

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