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More people staying home this holiday

August 29, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Even though gas prices have dropped more than 40 cents over the last two months, some people say they're still too high to travel.According to the Automobile Club of Southern California, in the L.A.-Long Beach area the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.89. In Orange County, drivers are paying an average of $3.85 a gallon. In the Inland Empire, the average price at the pump is $3.86 a gallon. In Ventura County, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.91.

Overall, travel is expected to be down slightly from last year. The Auto Club estimates more than 2.5 million Californians will travel for the long holiday weekend. About 80 percent of those will drive to their destinations. That's down almost two percent from last year.

Air travel will take bigger hit, declining around 3.5 percent.

Some people say they will still travel, but they'll stay closer to home. Others say vacations aren't in the budget right now.

"I'm staying home," said Benny Jones. "Can't afford to go any place, can't afford the fuel to drive back and further to work and then take time to go on the weekend. Can't afford it, so I'll just sit home and be a couch potato I guess."

Fuel prices and the economy are affecting travel all across the nation.


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