Who’s ready for summer vacation? Or has your vacation turned into a stay-cation?
It’s no news gas prices have reached above the $4.00 mark here in the United States and elsewhere. This has translated into the cost of just about everything increasing in price as well.
I saw a survey quoting 69% of folks WILL NOT be canceling their driving vacation plans due to rising fuel costs. I was actually surprised by that number. I thought more people would be influenced to stay closer to home while gasoline reaches a new all-time high every day.
I suppose vacation time is more sacred to families than what can be lost in dollars at the pump.
New experiences to enjoy, family togetherness and needed decompression time must override the sickening feeling you get every time you fill up the car with gasoline.
What would happen if summer vacations disappeared altogether or shrunk to the point of small, overnight trips to the local lake or ocean? Would that be enough to give the mind the relaxation it craves?
Or is it more important to give our kids and/or ourselves a bang-buster trip to remember and daydream about during winter’s dreary months? Do the kids need a great trip to write about for that first essay topic in the Fall?
Is vacation time still priceless even though your travel dollars are worth less and less?
For me, the extravagant vacations of the past will have to be just that…in the past. As I try to wrap my head, heart and finances around trying to get a vineyard planted, all other unnecessary spending must come to a halt, at least in the short-term.
We will spend time in Mendocino, Oregon and the Napa valley this summer. All not too far but in many ways a world of difference from our little town.
My kids will awe in the wonders of Glass Beach. They will run, jump and play on our land in the Willamette Valley. And they will have no problem raising heck at wineries in Napa, a place they have always felt comfortable.
So my question is, has anyone flat-out canceled their “driving vacation” plans. Has the cost of fuel made it totally unaffordable for you to go? Maybe you’re staying home on priciple. Or are you going along with your original plans regardless of the madness at the pumps?