TRAVEL: Back to Wings and Wheels Again

The American tourist is once again back on the road. Tethered by the recession to their backyards for the past two travel seasons, Americans by the millions are taking to wings and wheels this summer. With both the travel season and the recovery well under way, money in the bank, and the shock of 60¢-70¢ per gal. fuel absorbed and (almost) forgotten, vacationers are swarming to favorite haunts in numbers near—and in some cases well above—prerecession levels. In the process, they are making cash registers whir and credit-card imprinters click from Honolulu to the Outer Hebrides.

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