Mid-week 4th of July is no problem for travelers

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  • Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, a 295-foot barque homeported in New London, Conn., watch fireworks during Operation Sail 2012 in Norfolk, Va., June 9, 2012. OpSail 2012 Virginia is commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 in hopes to inspire patriotism and foster interest in American maritime history and heritage. Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, a 295-foot barque homeported in New London, Conn., watch fireworks during Operation Sail 2012 in Norfolk, Va., June 9, 2012. OpSail 2012 Virginia is commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 in hopes to inspire patriotism and foster interest in American maritime history and heritage. Photo by: Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn
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BOSTON (July 4, 2008) Confetti rains down at the completion of the song "Stars and Stripes Forever" during the 35th Boston Pops Orchestra and Fireworks Spectacular. Sailors assigned to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) are in Boston participating in the 27th Annual Boston Harborfest 2008, a 6-day long 4th of July festival showcasing our nations colonial and maritime heritage. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Gearhiser (Released) 080704-N-4014G-541 BOSTON (July 4, 2008) Confetti rains down at the completion of the song "Stars and Stripes Forever" during the 35th Boston Pops Orchestra and Fireworks Spectacular. Sailors assigned to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) are in Boston participating in the 27th Annual Boston Harborfest 2008, a 6-day long 4th of July festival showcasing our nations colonial and maritime heritage. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Gearhiser (Released) Photo by: Patrick Gearhiser
  • Fireworks light up the San Diego skyline during a 4th of July celebration. The 20-minute display was launched from a barge moored in San Diego Bay. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Scott Taylor Fireworks light up the San Diego skyline during a 4th of July celebration. The 20-minute display was launched from a barge moored in San Diego Bay. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Scott Taylor Photo by: Photographers Mate 2nd Class Scott Taylor

ATLANTA, June 27, 2012 — Travelers don’t seem to mind that July 4 falls on a Wednesday this year.
 
According to AAA, 42.3 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles this Independence Day holiday, which it defines as July 3-8. That would tie the number of travelers in 2007, the highest volume in the past decade.
 
That’s no doubt fueled — at least in part — by lower gas prices. This week, prices nationwide averaged $3.420 per gallon, down from $3.666 per gallon a month ago and $3.601 per gallon a year ago, according to AAA.
 
“At this point, retail gasoline prices are forecast to continue their decline into the heart of the summer travel season,” Jessica Brady, a AAA spokeswoman, said in a news release.
 
The still-sluggish economy has caused many to modify their travel plans this summer, a survey from Atlanta-based AutoTrader.com suggests. It found that 79 percent of respondents modified their travel plans because of the economy, but when they do head out of town, they’re likely to be behind the wheel.
 
According to AAA, a majority of Americans (35.5 million) plan to drive this July 4 — a four percent increase from the number who hit the highways last year. Similarly, the AutoTrader.com survey found that 28 percent of travelers are more likely to pick a destination they can drive to this summer when compared to last year.
 
“The fact that more travelers are choosing destinations they can reach by car because of economic concerns is a signal of caution, but the positive sign in the data is that people are still planning to go on vacation at all,” Rick Wainschel, vice president of automotive insights at AutoTrader.com, said in a news release.
 
Of course, when the vacation is over, another one might be in order. At least, a new survey from Cambria Suites suggests that’s the case.
 
Nearly a quarter of adults (24 percent) say they need a vacation after they return from a family trip (or 29 percent for adults living with children 18 years old or younger).
 
To escape, seven percent of respondents said they look forward to a “solo” business trip as a means of recovering, according to the survey. That’s probably because children ask “Are we there yet?” an average of nine times during a seven-day family vacation, the survey determined.


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Todd DeFeo jouned The Washington Times Communities in May 2012. He covers travel and Georgia. A marketing professional who never gave up his award-winning journalistic ways, DeFeo revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He also serves as editor of The Travel Trolley.

 

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