Lafayette

Jun 12, 2012 3:26 PM by Maddie Garrett

Lower Gas Prices Means Travel is Up

Instead of pain at the pump, how about a little relief for a change? Gas prices have been steadying falling, down 28 cents in just the last month.

And just about everyone likes lower gas prices, especially if you're in the RV-ing world.

"If they can put less in the cars then they can camp a little more," said Duane Alleman, Co-Owner of the KOA Kampground in Scott.

Duane said as prices at the pump fall his camping spots fill up. He's already seeing an increase this month.

"It's hopeful for the summer, I just don't know what the future holds. If gas prices shoot back up i think business will drop so it's directly related," explained Alleman.

Traveling in an RV can cost hundreds of dollars in gas alone, and that's why many travelers appreciate any relief they can get.

"We prefer to see lower prices, who wouldn't?" said traveler Ruffin Perkins, III.

In general, lower gas prices means more people are willing to travel. And the drop in prices for the summer could give the travel industry a big boost.\

Ruffin Perkins said cheaper gas helps, but he's not going to let prices at the pump keep him from doing what he enjoys most - traveling.

"It saves some money but it doesn't make a decision on whether we would go and far we would go," he said.

Still, he hopes to see this cheaper trend on down the road.

Right now Louisiana's average price is $3.28 per gallon of regular fuel. A year ago, the average was $3.56 a gallon.

Nationwide, Louisiana fares much better for gas prices. The national average is currently $3.54 for a gallon of regular fuel. A year ago, the national average was $3.70 a gallon.

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