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While increased gas prices didn't stop holiday weekend travel in the recent past, this year might be different. The double whammy of higher-than-last-year's gas prices and Hurricane Gustav in the Gulf of Mexico means that around 1.1 percent fewer people in the U.S. will be traveling more than 50 miles from home this Labor Day compared to 2007, says the AAA. Prices for a gallon of gas in many Gulf Coast states is around a dollar higher this year than last year, which is contributing to the no-vacation-this-year mentality, according to the AP. A lot of people who still want to travel but can't afford to do so in their own cars will be checking out bus and train tickets (airline travel will be down 4.5 percent) says CNN. I'll admit to driving more than 50 miles this weekend - what's your plan?

[Source: AP]

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