5 Memorial Day Alternatives In Troubled Hotspots
They've come with very different faces: A multifronted superstorm in Sandy, yet another gunman in Newtown, Conn., outright terrorists in Boston, negligence in Waco, Texas, a Mother's Day shooter in New Orleans and now a rare F-5 tornado in Moore, Okla. When a headline in The Onion sums it up best -- Americans Dredge Up Last Remaining Reserves Of Grief -- it's tempting to just try to run away from it all.
Unfortunately, the last year has many Americans too shellshocked, spent and stunned to move. TripAdvisor
Are gas prices the problem? Nope. They're actually down 36 cents a gallon since Memorial Day 2011 and only 7% of those surveyed by TripAdvisor say those prices are going to affect their plans. What about the expiration of the payroll tax cut that returned that particular levy to 6.2% from 4.2% last year? Well, the New York Federal reserve says 79% of the folks it surveyed planned to cut spending to make up for the loss anyway, so why not put off that Memorial Day trip?
Because your regular Memorial Day hangouts need you now more than ever. When terrible things happen, the people affected rarely say "give us less money to help us through these trying times, please." Folks who showed up on the Gulf Coast after BP's
This Memorial Day has that kind of potential for stricken spots across the country. Here are just five places that need your help this summer and reasons to go to each: