Has The High Cost of Gas Ruined Your Vacation Plans?

@winterose (39893)
Canada
June 12, 2008 3:56pm CST
The cost of Gas in the UK, Canada, and USA, is totally outrageous. More and more people are deciding not to take their cars to work or out of a nice pleasure drive. Will this affect your vacation? Will you take the car as planned, or will you resort to taken other means like a train, or even not take a vacation at all this year?
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@checapricorn (16049)
• United States
12 Jun 08
Hello winterose, we are actually talking about that. Everything seems so high and will continue to...My husband and I are looking alternatives instead of going far this month! In that manner, we can save a lot and I know we will still enjoy it!
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
12 Jun 08
great plan there are aways good things to do at home.
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@smeqer (1)
13 Jun 08
I will not have a vacantion this year, I had lot of work . Maybe next year..
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
14 Jun 08
well it is certainly good to have work too
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
12 Jun 08
I would think this is what the Al Gore and his minions want for us to not go anywhere but stay at home. Yet they will be traveling to all those conventions, so until they all agree to not just take a car, but walk everywhere or use a bicycle in the winter went it is 40 below, we will be taking a vacation as usual. Oh and they have to promise to not use the internet, talk on their cell phones. If we are supposed to suffer, they have to set an example, oh and that applies to them, not to members of their families who do not believe that humans are a danger to the planet because we have global footprints. When we go on vacation, we check the prices on motels and we do take advantage of the coupons, eat at Subways, Tim Hortons, Wendys, and Taco Bell. We get those big books that shows us the best deals and take advantage of it. As for not taking a vacation, that is out of the question. We would go stir crazy, and you do need a break at least once a year, if not more. We will not be held hostage by some people who will prevent our governments from exploring new means of oil production in North America or find cheaper alternatives that do not take land out of food production. Let them suffer, not us.
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Jun 08
I never have the money to travel anyway, gas prices or not, I have never owned a car.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
12 Jun 08
i haven't had a vacation in years so i want be affected one way or the other but i'm sorry for people who are. sure there will be alot of diapointed little children , big ones to.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Jun 08
yes I guess there certainly would be, a lot of disappointed people this year.
@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
13 Jun 08
Have been planning for a year to go to family reunion so I am going have been saving what I can for it. taking ggrand d aiughter with me and brother told me I can use moms house even if no furniture there but will save me money and I can take the aoir mattress and boom box for music!
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
14 Jun 08
sounds great roughing it like that.
@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
14 Jun 08
am just wondering how grand daughter will take it being used to her cartoons I need camera ready when we go in the house and nothing there but fridge washer and dryer we are leaving them for hopes it helps price when we sell it.
@chertsy (3804)
• United States
13 Jun 08
Gas, and trying to pay off debts, ruined our vacation plans. So our summer vacation will be me, trying to make money, spend time with my girls, hubby working. There are a few places around us that's free to visit, so I plan on taking the girls to a battle field to learn about history, but one spot is supposely haunted, so my oldest will enjoy that. I wish we could afford to go on a vacation, it's been 5 years since we been on a vacation.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
14 Jun 08
my boyfriend and I have been together 9 years and we went on one vacation in 2005 that was it. We have to pay bills as well
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
14 Jun 08
Don't feel bad, I will be married 13 yrs come December, and only had 1 vacation since being together. It's harder now that we have kids. When we dated, it was easier. We would go to a theme park and spend the whole day there. It wasn't a vacation, since we lived close to one. We used to do a lot of things together, now with kids and bills. I don't see us taking a vacation for awhile. You probably don't remember me venting about paying off a credit card, while my husband was wanting to pay off our Xterra. Well, we have paid off the credit card and the Xterra. That extra money will go towards another credit card, and work our way from there. Our goal, is to have all debt gone, with at least 5 months worth of bill money saved up, just in case something happens. Then we will start a vacation fund.
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
19 Jun 08
It really depends if the prices keep rising. As I don't expect them to go down any time soon, it probably will affect our vacation. It'll break my mother's heart, I think, but I don't have the heart to talk to her about it a few months in advance, especially since there's the tiniest chance we might be able to go anyway (it's not likely, but she's happy these days, I don't want to ruin her mood). Our vacation only lasts five days, and we've done every year since I was eleven. We camp out at a flea market and sell things. Roughing it with a solar shower and cooking our food on a mini grill, with our blankets on the cold nights...it's the most relaxation we get all year. I'm really going to miss it. The flea market is held all the way up where my grandmother lives, and we've not been able to go see her for two christmas' now because of how we've been financially, and now that we're doing a bit better on the front (not AWESOME, but better than we have been in a long time)...I'm not sure we'll be able to visit Grandma either this year.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
19 Jun 08
oh gosh, I hope for you that you will be able to find the extra money to go, your grandmother will not be around forever, and your poor mom needs to see her children, I will keep positive thoughts for you that things will work out in your favor.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Jun 08
The mini-getaway vacations... those are in jeopardy. The main, I'm gonna relax come heck or high water type vacations... nothing, not even gas prices will change that! Overall, it is sad seeing people sacrifice so much due to rising gas prices. Not only that, there are also rising food prices and rising energy prices; these too cause a sacrifice for vacations, and other things. This is beyond ridiculous...
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
19 Jun 08
yep it affects every part of our lives
• United States
13 Jun 08
Yes the high price of everything keeps going up.. Its a shame.. We will be going back to Penn.soon. We were just there in April and now we are going back to be with my step-daughter when she has her first baby..Will stay with my other step-daughter and her family.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
14 Jun 08
are you going to stay in penn for ever or just a vacation?
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
13 Jun 08
Hello Winter! "Pleasure" drives are a thing of the past, as it is no longer a pleasure to drive anywhere! You are so right about the prices and the companies still complain that their profit is not enough. We have a trip planned in a couple of weeks to Detroit as my daughter has a competition there, so we had booked a flight back in January for this and locked in the price; however, we were planning to go somewhere during the Christmas holidays and it looks like those plans are going to be cancelled due to the high prices.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
14 Jun 08
what a bummer, a nice winter trip to quebec where I am would have been nice.
@yipseng (34)
• Malaysia
13 Jun 08
Yea agree. Although not driving is one way to reduce the expenses but it not a permanent solution for it. Public transport is a good option but even the price have also gone up significantly!! I will still consider for vacation but only on a tight budget but if planned well, it is enjoyable too...
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
14 Jun 08
yes even if you have a tight budget, you have to enjoy yourself or why go, you can stay home, have a nice trip wherever you go.
@MichaelJay (1100)
13 Jun 08
we're setting off on Monday for 5 days at delightful Whitby, a town on the North Yorkshire coast famous amongst other things for being the spot where Bram Stoker wrote Dracula. My car tank's full of diesel at the moment and it will get us there but with this tanker drivers' strike causing panic buying up and down UK at the moment it seems I'm going to have to be very careful about how much I use. It kind of casts a shadow over the whole trip. Here's hoping....
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
14 Jun 08
yes it does put a damper on a trip that is for sure, but hon, you have a great time and remember you are on vacation don't scrimp and save too much to the point you don't enjoy your trip or why bother going, have a good time!
@lexus54 (3575)
• Singapore
13 Jun 08
Well the price of gas has gone sky high, and it is still climbing by the weeks. While I try not to drive too much these days to save money, I've not let the higher prices affect my holiday plans. In fact, a week ago I just came back from a 5-day holiday to Phuket, Thailand. I would say compared to 8 years ago when I last went there, the prices now are not that much more and most of the difference comes from airport/security taxes and fuel charges. I guess we have no choice but to bear with these higher prices because they are probably here to stay for some time.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
14 Jun 08
I doubt very much that they will come down.
13 Jun 08
The outrageous cost of fuel here in the UK means less money, if any, at the end of each month. Thus, less money for a vacation. It sucks! Things can't carry on this way for much longer - things will happen.
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
14 Jun 08
unfortunately it is the same everywhere.
@Hatley (164168)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Jun 08
since I live in the vacation spot of the USA California, and I am a senior citizen on a small budget am going to 'have to just enjoy my local scenery and be happy here at home in good old tustin Ca. I right now am housebound with the remnants of shingles and a lot of discomfort but am sure it willeventually clear up and I can once more enjoy being outside again. as I am retired I really do not need a vacation altho it would be nice.
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Jun 08
I never go anywhere either, it is just too expensive. I never can pay my bills all year around anyway.
@howard96h (11641)
• New York, New York
13 Jun 08
Yes I was planning on visiting my brother out of State but everything is just too expensive. A car rental would just kill the whole thing so I have canceled that. Maybe I can find somewhere local to go.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Jun 08
ah it is too bad you won't get to see your brother though, I hope you can do it next year.
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
13 Jun 08
The high price of everything had ruined our vacation plans. We are on a mission to pay off some bills though so that is okay. Gas is outragious but I really don't like to go out very much anyway. We plan to take a few days off from working soon and just enjoy our time around the home. We have spent money over the years to have things to enjoy at home so we would not have to go out and pay for entertainment. I just hope for some nice weather when we decide to take some time off soon.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Jun 08
thats great hon, you really need a break, how is the bug thing coming along?
• United States
13 Jun 08
I know what you mean like we can't go far from our house sometime we have to walk to places and we now about to go on a vacation and was saving money first to go on a vacation
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Jun 08
yep I think a lot of people will have to save up to go on vacation this year, if they go at all.
@Fishmomma (11362)
• United States
13 Jun 08
Water Poppy - Plant has pretty yellow flowers in summer.
Some of my friends in California are already taking the Amtrak Train to work and to vacation. Its an affordable solution to travel and no stress sitting in traffic. Its cheaper to travel by train. I don't vacation in the summer; however, the higher price of gas means less plants are being sold this year. I'm not worried about the lack of vacation, but am joining more reward sites to help my income. Normally, we vacation in December, but this year that isn't happening. I know it would cost us $100's more this year and it would be better to put the money in our savings. I hope 2009 is better. Here is a picture of one of my water plants. I love to show it to people.
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Jun 08
lovely picture, get idea about amtrak
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
13 Jun 08
We don't normally take a vacation. My husband now gets paid vacation and last year he took some of his time in November and we went to our daughters and then to Ft.Worth,Texas to the NASCAR auto races. That is what we will do again this year. In the summer our grandson spends time with us so we just do things around here. We usually meet our daughter half way to get him and she will come here to get him when it is time for him to go back home and she can spend time here then also.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
13 Jun 08
sounds like a wonderful experience, good for you,