Folks still traveling, but spending less

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Martha Quillin writes in the Charlotte (NC) Observer that folks are still traveling in North Carolina, but spending a bit less.

Quillin reports that Betty and Fred Johnson of Sanford, NC,  brought their 17-foot travel trailer to Carolina Beach State Park campground just before Memorial Day expecting to stay for four or five days.

“We liked it so much, we stayed a week,” said Betty Johnson.

The couple, who share a retirement account and a sense of wanderlust, drive older-model cars and don’t eat out much, saving their money for travel.

“Travel is a priority for us,” Fred Johnson said, taking a break from tinkering with the trailer’s tiny gas stove. “It’s an important part of our lives.”

Read more about North Carolina’s tourism prospects here.

Photo: Ashley Davis, 18 (left), and Leanne Richmond, 17, get a push from Ben Southward on the personal watercraft they were renting from Nags Head Waterworks. The girls and another high school friend were visiting over the weekend from Ahoskie in Eastern North Carolina. After this they planned to go shopping. SHAWN ROCCO.

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