MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) On Sunday, a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Minnesota averaged nearly $4.60. This is actually below the national average of $4.85.
Ali McDonough moved to Grande Marais with her family last fall. They used to travel to the Twin Cities a couple of times a month to see family and friends, but no longer.
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“Firstly [to go] been traveling and like we had a few things planned this summer, we just can’t work,” McDonough said. “To fill up our big SUV, you know, it’s about $150 to $200 round trip, you know, just go there for a few days. So, you know, I feel a lot further away.”
On social networks, people shared that they changed their travel habits: they began to go to the office less and began to postpone travel due to the high cost.
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Despite rising gas prices, a recent survey by The Vacationer found that about 80% of people who plan to travel this summer will travel by car. Rising gas prices are also driving up airfare.
Jason Sprayberry owns CamptasticRentals.com and RVThereYet.com, an Airbnb-like RV company based in Minnesota. He says business is still going well, but travelers are changing what they drive.
“Families still want to go on holiday,” Sprayberry said. “Small and medium RVs definitely do better than the big ones like they used to.”
The sprayer says more trips are also being booked closer to home.
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“They may not be traveling to California and Florida as often as they used to,” Sprayberry said. “They really enjoy the Midwest.”