Gas prices impacting summer travel plans

While experts say the price of petrol may not keep people from hitting the road this summer, it is impacting the way they choose to travel.

PENNSYLVANIA, United States — After two years of battling COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, Americans are ready to take to the streets.

“They’re sick of being locked in, they’re sick of not being able to go anywhere,” said Marenda Davi of Sundance Vacations.

But this summer there are new concerns.

A study commissioned by the American Hotel and Lodging Association shows that gasoline prices and inflation are now the top issues impacting travel plans, rather than COVID-19 case rates.

“People are paying close attention to these gas prices right now,” said Doni Lee Spiegel, public relations manager at AAA Central Penn. “We’re paying $1.86 more than this time last year.”

According to the AAA, record-high gas prices are prompting people to change their daily driving habits.

But when it comes to summer road trips, travelers are willing to pay for them.

“We’re actually seeing more and more people choosing not to fly and driving to the places,” Davi said.

“People have a lot of pent-up stress and frustration about gas prices, but that’s not stopping them from meeting friends and family and making memories this summer,” Spiegel said.

However, according to the AAA, many families are trying to cut costs by bringing those memories closer to home.

“The great thing about central Pennsylvania is that we have a lot of places nearby that people can just go for a long weekend,” Spiegel said. “We have our AAA recognized properties, there are many Five Diamond properties and Four Diamond properties right in our backyard like the Hotel Hershey and the Inn at Leola and Lancaster.”

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