Summer is here, and many people who have put their vacation plans on hold for the last few years are finally deciding to take the plunge. One reason is gas prices -- they have dropped more than 30 cents a gallon in a little over a month.
"It is wonderful," said Angela Davis, who was planning a trip to upstate New York with a AAA counselor in Lakeland on Thursday.
The cheaper gas prices are helping fuel what is going to take place this Fourth of July. AAA says two million more people than last year plan to travel. Experts expect that trend to continue in coming months.
The economy is another factor. It is definitely not robust, but it showing a slight improvement. That gives people the confidence to spend, but not wildly.
Many people who are vacationing these days are doing it on a smaller budget. They are looking for deals and discounts.
The finances of it all seem to pass over the head of 10-year-old Chloe Prewitt, who we met at Legoland in Winter Haven.
"Does your family have any other trips planned?" we asked.
"Yes," she replied.
"Where are you going?"
"To the Bahamas," she answered.
"What is in the Bahamas?"
"I don't know," she shrugged.
All Chloe knows is that she, like so many other people, are going on a vacation this year, and that's enough.
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