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High cost of gas, accommodations keeping Canadians at home this summer: survey

Tourists visit Province House in Charlottetown on Sept. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

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Tourists visit Province House in Charlottetown on Sept. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

TORONTO - A new survey says nearly one quarter of Canadians won't be travelling this summer, with budget concerns keep them close to home.

The survey by digital offers website RetailMeNot.ca says the high price of gas and accommodations are the top reasons for keeping 23 per cent of Canadians at home, followed by high air fares.

Just seven per cent say they'll be travelling overseas this summer.

And 28 per cent of plan to limit their spending on summer travel and transportation to $100 or less.

But the survey found that Canadians will spend $100 to $300 on alcohol during their summer holiday, while 60 per cent will spend under $200 on food.

Canadians do appear to like camping, regardless of how much money they make, with 40 per cent of those with an income of $100,000 a year or more say they are heading to the woods this summer.

Just 16 per cent of consumers are using coupon sites to save money on things like rental cars, hotels or airfare, according to the survey.

The online pool was conducted on July 2-3 among 1,004 adult Canadians who are Angus Reid Forum panelists.

The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population like traditional telephone polls.

Note to readers: This is a corrected version. A previous version did not include the 23 per cent figure.

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