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Staycation or USAcation For This Summer? | May 17, 2011 | 09:46 AM EDT

For those planning a staycation this summer, check one of the following reasons:

  • High gasoline prices.
  • High airline ticket prices.
  • Natural disasters — home or abroad.
  • Travel security concerns.
  • Weak U.S. currency.
  • Still unemployed or no pay raise.
  • All of the above.
  • If you answered yes to any of the above, click here for a summer reading list

    If you're still on the fence, read on.

    “I’ve seen a lot of people cut back or make changes to their summer travel plans,” says Patrick DeHann, Senior Petroleum Analyst at

    Higher gasoline prices are the obvious reason, but with civil unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, natural disasters from Japan to Australia to Alabama, and new travel security concerns following the death of Osama Bin Laden, it may be an unappealing time to get on a plane.

    The question then for many in the travel industry is, Will this summer be of the staycation or USAcation variety?

    After all, the economy — though in a modest growth mode — is the best in four years, and it's not the first year air travel is expensive.

    Rick Seaney, founder of, notes that 2011 is unusual in that there have already been seven fare hikes.

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