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Here’s a pattern that’s unlikely to change anytime soon in coming summers. A higher number of people are not venturing far for vacation, with many citing the high cost of accommodations and – no surprise here – of fuel.

A survey by digital offers website RetailMeNot.ca said those are the top reasons given by 23 per cent of Canadians for not travelling far when they’re off this summer. The high cost of air fares also ranks right up there.

That’s a trend we started to see beginning some years ago as gas prices started to climb drastically. Now, with a litre costing about $1.36, and always the fear that they could spike anytime, even a trip to a neighbouring province, let along across the country, could mean a couple of hundred bucks for fuel alone.

Earlier this summer prices had been higher, and reports suggested they could enter the record-high range, given the usual range of factors driving up the cost of oil. That, so far, hasn’t turned out to be true, but of course in the spring and early summer is when many are making their plans.

Fewer people travelling sounds on the surface like glum news for any kind of tourism operator.

But it doesn’t necessarily have to play out that way, and it doesn’t mean summer has to be dull, not by a long shot.

There are plenty of good reasons for the coining of the word staycation to describe this recent, growing trend of taking in local attractions. A couple of day trips, or overnight, or several days’ stay somewhere in the province can be exciting.

It’s home to us, but keep in mind for many people elsewhere, Nova Scotia is a fascinating, beautiful, even somewhat exotic destination.

It’s a perfect time to make that visit you’ve always planned on but have yet to get around to – a museum, a festival, a campground or park, a fabulous restaurant or resort. We’re fortunate to have such amazing surroundings and attractions. It would take a lifetime to run out of new things to do.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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