Gas prices won’t affect Memorial Day weekend travel plans, Americans say


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Most Americans who spoke to Fox News said they would not change their Memorial Day weekend plans despite record gas prices impacting their budgets.

“Just bite the bullet and do it,” Philadelphia native Eric said during a pit stop on his trip to the Adirondacks. “I always do.”

But New Jersey resident Kathy said she was limiting her movements.

“We’re only going down for Memorial Day itself,” she said of her planned visit to the Jersey Shore. “The rest of the weekend we’re staying here because gas prices are forcing us to stay home.”

HIGH GAS PRICES WILL NOT DRIVE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TRAVEL, SAYS AAA EXEC

A Memorial Day Weekend traveler tells Fox News that people shouldn’t travel if they can’t afford high gas prices. (Megan Myers/Fox News Digital)

“Spending extra money elsewhere is pretty much not going to happen,” Kathy continued.

Gasoline prices repeatedly broke records throughout 2022. The national average was $4.59 per gallon on Friday, one cent lower than the record set on Thursday, according to AAA.

Still, AAA estimated there would be nearly 35 million people on the roads over the holiday weekend, an increase of 1.5 million from 2021.

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Memorial Day weekend travelers tried to find other travelers to split the cost of gas.  (Megan Myers/Fox News Digital)

Memorial Day weekend travelers tried to find other travelers to split the cost of gas. (Megan Myers/Fox News Digital)

Travelers told Fox News they felt stressed by high gas prices, but wouldn’t let them ruin their plans. A couple said they were trying to add travelers to split the price in an effort to lower the overall gas price.

“We were trying to recruit people to drive with us that we wouldn’t normally want to sit in a car with for 8 hours,” said Kim, from Brooklyn. “I change my behavior because of it.”

But Andy, who was traveling with Kim, said the high petrol prices were “not that important” because he doesn’t drive every day.

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Gasoline prices are displayed at a gas station in Jersey City, New Jersey.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

Gasoline prices are displayed at a gas station in Jersey City, New Jersey. REUTERS/Mike Segar
(Reuters/Mike Segar)

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Edward, a raspberry farmer from New York, was working holiday weekends and had to travel 350 miles. He said he “had no choice” but to pay more to travel.

“The raspberries need to be watered and everything,” Edward told Fox News. “I just have to save a lot more.”


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