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Your Photos: What Did You Do This Summer?

Staycation? Vacation? Either way, upload photos of your summer travel experience.

This summer we were going to venture out on a 25-city, four-week tour of Europe, but we just felt like the whole spending-money-like-a-rap-star thing was really played out. 

OK, so the 2012 summer budget really only allowed for sitting in front of the AC eating a pint of ice cream. 

Turns out we are in the minority, because American Automobile Association reports that the number of Americans traveling has been on a slow and steady increase for the last two years. AAA's travel data from July 4 of this year showed a 4.9 increase from last year for people trekking more than 50 miles from home to celebrate.

"Americans are still in love with their vacations and they are finding ways to finance those vacations despite the slow-growing economy," said Cynthia Brough, director of public relations for AAA's national office. Brough said that travelers these days are looking for value and economy, however they personally define it.

Of course, you don't need to go far for a "staycation" in the South Bay. The beach is always free, and Redondo Beach's is always a popular summer spot. Hikers can enjoy the miles of meandering trails on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and cyclists have the Strand.

There's also shopping in Riviera Village, relaxing at and catching a movie at one of several theaters in the area.

Now we know you probably can't top our pint of ice cream experience, but on the off chance you actually traveled outside your kitchen this summer, we'd love to see the photos and live vicariously through them. Maybe you went to the beach, or the mountains, or our personal fave, a cross-country tour of our finest frozen dessert factories.

No matter where you went, inside or outside the South Bay, share your photos here so we can get inspired for next year.


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