The 2012 vacation planning season has many local resort representatives smiling about the future.
The high cost of gasoline and airfare, coupled with an unstable economy, have these representatives expecting a boom for inexpensive, close-to-home vacations.
"People are dealing with this economy the best they can," said AAA spokesman Mike Right. "They're finding destinations closer to home and they're shortening the duration of their trip."
A driving force is the cost of gas. Right said gas prices have been estimated to reach heights of $5 per gallon in some parts of the country this summer.
While it's painful at the pump for motorists, that could be good news for Tri-State resorts such as Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort in Santa Claus, Ind.