Gas Prices

Gas prices hurting summer vacation plans

Expensive Gas Could Squeeze Vacation Industry

Gas prices crimping vacation plans?

These are some of the headlines from the past few weeks.  If you read some of these and other stories you hear from people saying things such as “We were going to go Disney World but now, we are just going to stay home.  We can’t afford to go.” 

Really?  You mean to say that $1.00 more a gallon is going to make you cancel your whole trip?  Give me a break.  If you can afford to drive to Disney World you sure as hell can afford $1.00 more a gallon.  Maybe buy one less overpriced t-shirt or maybe skip a lunch there.  Heck, when my family went there a few years ago we made it thru the day and only spent $14.00 for the four of us.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  It’s not like I enjoy the higher prices.  I hate ‘em.  Maybe if the Liberals in Congress would get off their asses and start to vote for more drilling on U.S. soil, then maybe we could lower them but that’s another story.  My point is that really, when you break it down, it’s not THAT much more.  It’s not like some people are talking, the end of life as we know it.  It’s $1.00 more!!

Here, let me give you an example.  We just got back from vacation.  Did a lot of driving.  I kept meticulous notes on our gas and mileage.  On average we spent $3.93 on gas.  If gas were a buck cheaper, we would have saved a total of $63.00.  Now, I know that ain’t chicken feed but really…are you going to cancel your WHOLE vacation based on $63.00?  You mean you can’t cut corners elsewhere?  We had planned to do a bit more driving, to go a bit further on this vacation but we did curtail that due to the prices.  If it was just the gas, we would have gone but it would have meant more hotels, food and admissions so we chose to not go further.  We didn’t cancel our whole trip, only a two-day portion of it. 

The major culprit of all this doomsday talk is, of course, the media.  They need something to talk about so why not more of doom and gloom.  That is their bread and butter – the more negative they are, the more ratings they get (or so it seems). 

Anyway, let’s get a moratorium on the Chicken Littles of gas prices.

 

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