Michiganders Seek Travel Options as Gas Prices Skyrocket

It's a gas price hike that came at the worst possible time, summer vacation season. And people in mid-Michigan are looking for ways to get away from high gas prices without losing their getaways.

"Traveling for leisure has become an expectation. It's a right. It's not longer a luxury," said David Lorenz, a manager for Travel Michigan

A study by Travel Michigan found that most people said they wouldn't forgo taking vacations because of high gas prices, but taking fewer, but longer trips, and changing your habits on vacation... can save you a lot of money.

"What people are doing in Michigan is they're finding different ways to see all these beautiful,outdoor places. They're biking. They're kayaking and canoeing, so they're kind of getting away from those gas guzzlers and going more towards the self-propelled transportation," said Lorenz.

The trip from Lansing to Chicago is a popular one, but the average price for a gallon of gas in Michigan is $4.25 At that price, it will cost the average driver $80 dollars round trip. But if you book ahead,you can travel to and from Chicago by train for only $40. But if you're looking at those numbers and don't know how you'll afford a trip, the good news is relief will should come eventually, travelers hope before the end of the summer.

"It won't last forever, probably, but it's very difficult to predict. It's one of the most volatile markets we have. If you asked me, 'What will the price of gasoline be two months from now?" I have a good guess, but I'm not absolutely sure," said Dr. Charles Ballard, a Professor of Economics at MSU.

One thing is for sure. Gas prices may rise, but Michiganders will still find ways to see the state.

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