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Radio Tour: Gas Prices and Summer Travel

With Memorial Day quickly approaching everyone is getting excited about the summer, and this year, it looks as though travel is back on the list of things to do.

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Radio Microphone

I did a number of radio station interviews this morning, and the tone of the conversations reinforced my viewpoint that after a long, hard winter and two years of staycations, Americans are ready to hit the road again.

If you want further proof, AAA offered it later in the day. Their annual Memorial Day weekend holiday travel surveyshowed a slight increase in the number of people ready to pack their bags and get away during the upcoming weekend, which is often seen as the kick-off to the summer travel season.

The thing is consumers are going to see higher costs when they take their trips. According to AAA, holiday weekend airfares are up 14 percent and hotel prices are up between 5 to 10 percent. That's in addition to the higher gasoline prices.

So you can guess the questions everyone had. Where are the bargains? How long will gas prices stay high? How do you get the best deals?

On CNBC.com we have a lot of good tips to answer these questions, ranging from why you should book a packageto apps that help you save money. (Check out our Travel Dollars special report for more.)

And about those gas prices, relief is on the way. According to AAA's Fuel Gauge report, gasoline prices across the nation have already fallen by 3 cents to $3.93 a gallon for regular gas, and some experts say prices could be as low as $3.25 a gallon by the end of June.

Thanks to WDBM, KWNG's Tom Hughes, Blog Talk Radio's Janice Malone, WFRD's Chris Garrett, WECL's Cooper, WVHR's "Kelly & Bo", WYXL's Dave Ashton, KPNW's "Wake Up Call," and KAZR's "Moose, B-Sox & Amy" show. It was great to speak with you all.

Questions? Comments? Email us at consumernation@cnbc.com. Follow Christina Cheddar Berk on Twitter @ccheddarberk.