By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
With gas prices as high as $3.79 in some parts of Northwest Georgia, it’s a surprise that anyone can afford to go anywhere.
But, lofty costs at the pump aren’t stopping Georgians from making their vacation plans. According to AAA-Consumer Pulse Survey, 2013 is looking to be a pretty powerful year for Georgian travelers. Some 83% of their survey group claimed they would be taking a vacation, and another half said they’d be embarking on more than one leisure trip for more than three days. And even in light of the recent price spike, three out of four people surveyed said they’d be taking a 50 mile trip in the next three months.
The heaviest travel times are during the holidays, and though many may expect gas prices to skyrocket during these times, AAA-South Spokeswoman Jessica Brady says this isn’t so.
“That is something that people always think about; ‘it’s Fourth of July, the prices are going up.’ But, that’s really not the case,” she says. “If you look at last year, we saw prices peak in April. Fourth of July weekend is one of—---if not the busiest summer travel weekend, and we had the lowest gas prices of the year. Same thing with Christmas.”
If you’re planning a trip to Orlando, you might see some fellow Georgians there. The city topped the list of planned destinations spots. Savannah, The Great Smoky Mountains, and Atlanta were also popular trips residents plan to take.