2010-07-08 / Local & State

Summer Travel Rolls On Despite U.S. Economic Woes

By Patrick Walters ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Concerns about the economy are weighing on some summer travelers who, instead of flying to far-flung beaches, are opting for time-tested destinations like the Jersey Shore, the Liberty Bell and even a food fair in Chicago.

Don Shelley, a high school principal from Arizona, was given a 50th birthday trip to Philadelphia instead of Hawaii because it was less costly.

“This is just as much fun,’’ he told The Associated Press on Friday, while he waited with his wife and three children.

Similarly, the economy kept Tommy Aaron and his wife, Jessica Infante, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., close to home – at the beach in Point Pleasant.

They were having fun there, but readily admitted it would be fun to be in Aruba.

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