Fewer travelers for the holiday

July 3, 2009 3:53:45 AM PDT
Some folks are heading out for the holiday... but more are not. 6abc.com TRAVEL LINKS:

The Ben Franklin bridge will be busy in the next two days as people head out of town for the holiday weekend.

But the American Automobile Association says we shouldn't expect a big increase in traffic this year. You can probably guess why: the economy, unemployment and sagging incomes are keeping people at home.

In the Philadelphia area, about the same number of people as last year, roughly 350,000, will hit the roads to travel fifty miles or more.

However, nationwide, automotive travel is expected to drop nearly 2.5%. That's despite the fact that gas prices and hotel prices are down.

This time last year, a gallon of gas cost you about $4.00. Gas prices nationwide are down more than 30%, but they have been inching up recently. Experts believe those increases at the pump will likely steer people away from the roads.

If you're looking for deals, again, hotel prices are lower.

You should also think about flying. Airfare prices are expected to drop by 16% this weekend.

In fact, 5% more Americans are predicted to fly this year than last year.

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