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By Alana Gomez, WBZ-TV
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BOSTON (CBS) — Memorial Day travel is up from last year. A lot of locals are enjoying a little relief at the pump and hitting the road.

According to a TripAdvisor survey, 30 percent of Boston residents are planning to travel this Memorial Day weekend. 21 percent taking off are getting behind the wheel.

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“I’m splurging on a full tank of gas for once rather than just filling up half,” said one Allston man, filling up his tank for a trip to the Cape.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports.

Even though prices are just five cents less on average than last week, economists say the difference is in the dollar sign.

“We had a really bad forecast for this weekend so people are saying maybe we’ll stay home, all of a sudden, there’s a lot of psychology involved if it’s under four dollars,” said John Tommasi, an economist from Bentley University.

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“Even though it’s usually only a couple of pennies, if it’s below four dollars or it’s below $3.90, I go for it no matter where I am,” said Ali Gross, who was on her way to Vermont.

“It feels a little better when it’s $3.99, just like any purchase,” said another.

AAA estimates nearly 35-million Americans will travel this Memorial Day, a slight increase from last year.

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