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Poll says Americans sticking closer to home for summer '09


IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Monday marked the beginning of the summer vacation season, but a new USA Today/Gallup poll says more Americans will be staying closer to home this summer than last year.

Pat Ogden and his two sons stuck close to home this Memorial Day.

"Ball games and graduation parties and stuff, so we decided to keep it close," he said.

That's his family's plan for most of this summer. Ogden says their vacations will be scaled down a bit from what they're used to. "You know, the economy and jobs are kind of tight, so we'll probably stick around, at least in Iowa. We might run down south and go into Missouri a little bit, but we won't venture too far."

As it turns out, they're not alone. 50% of the people polled say travel will be tighter for them this summer, up from 40% in 2008. So travel experts say it makes sense that sales for backyard playground sets and fishing equipment are way up.

Dean Beckler and his two sons plan to get plenty of use out of theirs. "Yeah, we're going to do a lot more fishing this summer."

But some folks, like the Gilchrist family, are sticking to their usual destinations, by changing up how they get there. "This year, since the plane tickets are relatively low," said Matthew Gilchrist. "We're gonna fly to the same destinations that we drove to last year."

It's proof that some people will never let a bad economy get them down.

Other travelers told us they'll be taking the same vacations, but cutting them a bit shorter to save money.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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