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Millions of People Spending Less on Vacations in '08

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TRI-CITIES, Wash.--A recent Zogby International travel poll found 131 million people will shell out less money for vacation in 2008 or forget it entirely.

"I will probably try and take a vacation of some sort, but it will only be a few days," says Burbank resident, Chris Fleischer. But a lot of people are cutting back."

For Barnard Griffin winery manager, Kim Gravenslund, the glass is half full.

"They will make it a destination and whether they come in pairs or they might have come individually, I think they will still come," says Gravenslund.

Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau vice president, Kim Shugart, mentions how our location can cater to short or long term travelers.

"Because we're only three hours by car from some of the major metropolitan areas, it's still very affordable and the hotel rooms and the activities and the attractions that we have here are abundant, but they're pretty inexpensive," according to Shugart.

One woman admits pains at the pump, but she is using a different approach.

"They affect us, but we've been saving for a couple years and we're going to split costs with another family driving," admits Christi Dieringer, Moses Lake resident.

Though, the vacation, for some, appears to be in their own backyard.

"We have three children," says Angela Essency, Richland resident. We usually don't travel a whole lot anyway just because we can't afford it so, we just do camping trips or stay in Tri-Cities cause we usually like the weather better anyways."