Travel: News: Staycation

With Soaring Gas Prices, 'Stay-cation' Replaces Vacation

Survey: Many Americans Say Leisure Travel Isn't All They're Curtailing mOther Sacrifices: Dining-Out, 'Fancy Coffee Drinks.' Some Vow To Quit Smoking

Record prices at the pump are forcing frugal choices, according to a poll by

The grassroots public opinion web site asked: "With the cost of gasoline - - and almost everything else -- rising lately, what are you now DOING WITHOUT? What have you stopped buying or stopped doing entirely to save money?"

Cash-strapped consumers say they're planning a stay-at-home Summer, and responses suggest that vacation isn't the only way they're trimming travel expense:

  • "I'm shopping online."
  • "I plan all my errands at once and I map out the best way."
  • "not visiting friends as much"
  • "I don't see family that lives too far from me."
  • "I've slowed down to 65."
  • "started carpooling."

2008 could be a tough Summer for restaurants:

  • "fast foods."
  • "Starbucks."
  • "I stopped getting my chai teas everyday. I just treat myself on weekends now."
  • "We eat at home more."
  • "I stopped ordering out."

Other cutbacks:

  • "movies."
  • "cable."
  • "We have cut our land line."
  • "No more Netflix."
  • "stopped buying things from"

Tough choices: "health insurance."

  • "My husband and I only eat one meal a day so that there is enough food for the children."
  • "daycare."
  • "We have to choose between our bills and food. A phone for emergencies or breakfast."

Silver lining? Some cutbacks are healthy choices:

  • "less junk food."
  • "beer."
  • "booze."
  • "eating a lot of vegetables instead of meat."
  • "I dusted off my bike."
  • "I walk to work now."
  • "cancelled my lawn service and bought a reel mower."
  • "stopped smoking cigarettes."

About the staycaton survey: conducted an online poll of 546 adults, age 18-64, approximately 50/50 male/female, evenly-distributed across the USA. The survey was fielded May 5-11, 2008.

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BLOCK ISLAND, R.I., May 23, 2008 /PRNewswire/ --

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