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Fuel prices mean summer's gonna be a gas, gas, gas!

By now, you know that average gas prices have reached a new record high of 4 bucks a gallon nationally. Boo. Hiss. Yawn. I mean, it's bad but we knew it was coming. Know this, too: they could go even higher. But how high do gas prices have to go to make travelers stay home?

I used AAA's fuel cost calculator to figure out how much it'll cost me for a roundtrip to Ocean City. I came up with $46.54 for my own gas-guzzling vehicle. That's about $10 more from last year. I can skip breakfast and make up that difference. To Cape May, it'll be an additional $12 this year. To Nags Head, fork over another $26. I'll have to eat sandwiches for dinner for that one. But I'll do it because the beach is calling me.

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Ocean City has a special to help offset the higher gas prices. The 1-Week Wonder promotion gives travelers rebates in the form of vouchers -- "Fun Bucks" -- that can be used for food and entertainment. Other vacation spots have gas card offers.

What about you? Are gas prices keeping you away from the beach this year? If so, you're going to miss the always fun O.C. Air Show, which launches tomorrow. Read details at the Beach Life blog.

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(Photo: Barbara Haddock Taylor, Sun Photographer)


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