Holiday Traveling

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Earlier this year we saw gas prices hit a record high, but as our News Channel 7's Jason Davis tells us, gas prices won't keep summertime travelers at home this year.

The Zehr family is what you'd call experts when it comes to summertime traveling.

"We load up the last week of school and we travel all summer,” comments Stephanie Zehr, traveling from Sarasota.

Every year this family travels from Sarasota visiting relatives from New Mexico to New York, and everywhere else in between. Stephanie Zehr says this summer there were a few adjustments made to their travel budget.

"Well, we figured about $500 more for gas than we did last summer. Now that could be a little off, but we're hoping it drops, but we do it regardless because our family's all over the country,” Zehr explains.

Officials from AAA say more than 37 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday weekend and more than half them will do it by car. That's a two percent increase from last year.

Despite the rise in cost of gasoline, most travelers say it won't have them singing the summer time blues.

Travel experts say more Americans are hitting the road, but they're finding cheaper places to stay and eat. Some even cut time off of their trip.

"Not that bad. We're not going that far. You have to get away. You're going to pay no matter what you do. We just won't stay as long,” shares Charles and Edith Hart of Stewart Florida.

The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is up six cents from where it was Memorial Day weekend 2004. For a family like the Zehrs, six cents more now equals $500.

The most expensive place for gas is Rancho Mirage, California at $2.91 a gallon, with the cheapest being found in Dexter Montana at $1.73 a gallon.