Holiday travelers undaunted by gas prices

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Increased prices for gas, airfares, hotels and rental cars won’t dissuade travelers from hitting the roads this holiday season.

AAA Colorado projects that 65.2 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles away from home, a 0.7 percent increase from last year’s 64.7 million.

Travelers, it seems, have become resilient to the challenges, said Sandra Barnes, the state’s AAA director of travel.

“Travelers have continued to travel despite increased delays,” she said. “This holiday season they will continue to travel despite the higher costs because travelers are determined to see their loved ones.”

AAA’s fuel cost web page says the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in Colorado is $2.87 – 67 cents higher than a year ago. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.00, which is 70 cents higher than a year ago.