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Gas prices and inflation overtake Covid as top travel worry

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After greater than two years of largely staying home because of the pandemic, most Americans are able to hit the road.

Yet inflation and record-breaking gasoline prices are weighing on would-be vacationers, even greater than Covid concerns, in keeping with a report.

Roughly 60% of Americans said they might take more trips this yr in comparison with last yr, although higher prices are actually causing travelers to cut back their plans and go shorter distances, the survey by Morning Seek the advice of and commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association found.

One-third are more likely to cancel altogether.

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Gasoline prices have run up sharply heading into the height summer driving season, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and show no signs of slowing down.

The national average for unleaded gas hit one other recent high of $4.62 per gallon Tuesday, in keeping with AAA data. Prices are up greater than 50% in comparison with last yr. 

Analysts say gasoline prices normally peak by mid-May, but this yr prices on the pump could proceed to rise into July and reach about $5 a gallon or more.

Now, 90% of Americans consider the value of gas of their decisions about whether to travel in the subsequent three months, the American Hotel & Lodging Association found.

The identical share also say inflation is a consider their upcoming plans. Meanwhile, 78% now say that Covid infection rates are a consideration in deciding about summer travel.

“The pandemic has instilled in most individuals a greater appreciation for travel, and that is reflected within the plans Americans are making to get out and about this summer,” said Chip Rogers, the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s president and CEO.

“But just as Covid’s negative impact on travel is beginning to wane, a recent set of challenges is emerging in the shape of historic inflation and record high gas prices.”

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