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Holiday Travel Expected to Rise

By Chris Curtis

EUGENE, Ore. — The AAA reports that 11 percent of Americans will be traveling during Memorial Day weekend. That’s an increase of 1.2 percent from last year. But are those around the area following suit?

Whether by plane or by car, lots of Americans plan to travel over the holiday weekend.

AAA expects travel here in the Northwest to rise even a little more than the national average — about a 1.5 percent increase.

But many of those KEZI spoke to say they’d rather stay close to home.

“We usually go up to Portland a lot, but I don’t think we are goingn to be doing as much because of the gas prices,” said Erica Poole.

“We are thinking about going up to Cottage Grove Lake and just barbequing with my family. That’s what we normally do. I don’t think we have any plans to get out of town or anything,” said Jessica Deeds.

With the sudden spike in gas prices, AAA reports most people say the hike won’t keep them from traveling.

The majority of people KEZI spoke with Wednesday say the number one reason they are not traveling far is gas prices.

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