By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: While I don’t really travel I am still interested in the idea of travel and do take weekend trips. Am I the only one with this view?

A: Staying close to home seems more popular these days due to several factors such as rising gas prices and higher priced airfares. While for some of us these points don’t hinder vacation plans, for others it very well could change things.

Recently a travel search engine, which calls itself the world’s largest conducted an online survey showing that this summer almost two-thirds of respondents to planned to be tourists in their local area or within a three-hour drive from their home. So you’re not alone. Turns out these people have also been dubbed “stay-close-to-home travellers.” “Attractions appealing most to travellers looking to stay closer to home include beaches (29%), mountains (20%), national parks (15%) and lakes (13%),” the company says in a press release released on June 23, 2008.

In an effort to save money, there are also those sun worshippers who are known to book Caribbean vacations during the current off-season. More than two-thirds in the survey say they will save money on a beach vacation by traveling during hurricane season


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