An interesting graphic in the June 2012 AARP Bulletin "Summer Vacations Poll"
From a study conducted of 1,000 adults age 18 and over conducted by SSRS April 25-29, 2012.
ARE YOU PLANNING TO TAKE A SUMMER TRIP THIS SUMMER:
Ages 18-49: Yes 43% No 56%
Ages 50-plus: Yes 42% No 54%
DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY TO YOUR TRAVEL PLANS BECAUSE OF COST? 18-49 first, 50-plus second.
Cancelled/Delayed trip: 13% 10%
Stay Closer to Home: 26% 23%
Take Shorter Trip: 15% 10%
Stay with Family/Friends: 23% 21%
None of These: 34% 40%
HAVE YOUR VACATION PLANS BEEN AFFECTED BY GASOLINE PRICES?
18-49: Yes 42% No 57%
50-plus: Yes 42% No 57%
I am still taking several summer trips, but other than the trip to North Carolina to visit family at the beach, am taking closer to home trips. Plus, I consider where we live in northeast Illinois as being a vacation in itself.
Gasoline prices have definitely affected plans.
Dadburn GRB Big Oil. --RoadDog