Flying on vacations

@webeishere (36353)
United States
May 15, 2007 4:15pm CST
Okay. Now with all the whining most of us have done or heard about regarding the high cost of fuel I wanted to say something along these same lines regarding our summer vacations etc. Most drive short distances for vacations but still use a lot of gas etc. Some drive just a few hundred miles or less. Yet a lot will drive even cross country. Now my question/opinion is as follows, Thos who decide to save on gas fly to their vacation destination. Do these people not know that planes also use petroleum? There's also a huge increase in jet fuel also at this time as well in the gas area for gars trucks buses etc. Plane tickets are really starting to increase also due to the high cost of producing petroleum products. Some people I have talked to that are flying somewhere for vacation think this is helping the price of gas. yet in realityt it isn't in the least as it's still using a costlier fuel. Sure riding a bus saves fuel but taking a plane isn't quite the same I feel. How do you think this saves fuel or how does it waste fuel? How does this affect the economy in your eyes? I'm not saying don't fly nor boycott the airlines I'm just curious as to your thoughs, ideas, opinions are about flying and thinking it saves money as opposed to driving to the same place. Thanks also for this opportunity here. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
16 May 07
It is well known in Australia that flying for vacations does not save on gas. Far from it. Most of us drive, even 2000 kms to get to our destination. Flying is only for those can afford it, of if the location is not accessible by car. Mind you, the cost of fuel is so high now, that a lot of people can't even afford to drive. As you wrote, it is cheaper to use a bus, or a train.
@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
16 May 07
Just about any form of transportation you choose to use when you take a vacation will cost the same. The last couple of years we have gone to Nebraska. Including the cost of the rental vehicle and all the gas to drive back there and back again, gas,and food for 5 people it was cheaper than 5 plane tickets round trip. The problem is everything seems to revolve around the amount of time or lack of that people have.
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
16 May 07
I understand what you're saying, grandpa. I have booked a flight somewhere that's why I PM you. There is really no escaping from saving gas fuel. Either you travel by land, sea or air. The best thing is still to get a horse, LOL! Seriously grandpa, in as much as we try to save on gas, we know that we still need it. I rarely traveled nowadays but it so happened that I needed to take a break from all the tensions hence I might explode anytime. I actually have to spend more for this vacation. In the back of my mind, I kept telling myself I deserve this. I've been working real hard for a long time now.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
16 May 07
Yes you do deserve it. We all do in the long run. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@ctrymuziklvr (11059)
• United States
16 May 07
It seems flying would actually use more petroleum products because once you get where your going how will you get around? So, you've used the fuel in the jet and now in the car, bus, cab or whatever your using to get here and there. I think driving to the destination would be more logical.
@GardenGerty (115024)
• United States
16 May 07
Since there are two of us, and we have to drive considerable distance to get to a large airport, for economy tickets, and our car gets around 40 mpg. we usually will drive. If we can afford a vacation. We are seeking to help the fuel consumption by trying to change to jobs that are more local, walking where we need to go if possible, and keeping our cars well maintained. I believe that the constant day to day economies will do more in the long run than once a quarter or once a year savings.
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@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
16 May 07
Taking any public transportation will always save fuel Grandpa Bob including airplanes. The fuel cost of airplane is fixed. Whether we fly with them or not, they are still being incurred. When we go to vacation and use our cars, we use fuel plus there is the fuel of the plane that fly to the place and with some seats unfilled because some people are using their private cars. So if we use either Bus or Plane, we actually save fuel but maybe not on our personal cost or expenses. Plane and bus usage of fuel are already given. Happy posting!
@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
16 May 07
Hello, it depends on the vacation, for example. If you live very far such as living in New York and going to Japan, there is options of going by boat or by plane. I don't think many people would choose by boat, so it is the only option. As for going a short distance such as New York from Florida then it may be best to drive because the plane cost may cost just as much or more than the drive. However, many people would prefer to take a plane because it is much faster. It may cost more in gas to take a car. However, it depends on what the person wants to do, right? Pablo