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Will the price of gas change your summer travel plans?

Just wanted to discuss how the rise in gas may change peoples vacation plans this year.

From Hollis Burks
Posted March 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM
Just wondering how the current and continually rising gas prices will effect everyones travel plans this summer. Traveling from Texas to Florida, for a family of 3 the best airline prices I can find are right at $800.00. This is the cost just to get to and from the parks. I own DVC so we made our plans for our May 2011 trip over a year ago before the rise in gas. Not sure I would take this trip if I could bank the points, but they the chance to bank them have already passed.


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From Terri Pierce
Posted March 1, 2011 at 12:59 PM
I never let gas prices keep me from my plans. I am away at college so I may skip a trip or two home over time but I don't skip family vacations or trips with friends.

Then again, I also drive a Honda Civic- my most expensive tank of gas was somewhere around 35-40 bucks back during my first Hurricane Season driving. And that will last me a good 300 miles city 400 if its all hwy

From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted March 3, 2011 at 8:45 AM
What's the price of petrol looking like in America at the moment? I'm coming to Fl soon and would be so helpful to know in order to budget. (Petrol is so expensive in England!)

From Carrie Hood
Posted March 3, 2011 at 5:33 PM
Honestly, No.
Frankly it's still much cheaper to drive to anyplace we will be vacationing at then it is to fly, then rent a car on top of the costs of a hotel and admission tickets. I drive a smaller SUV (Ford Escape) and tend to get 18-25 MPG which isn't bad for an SUV. Last year with gas prices in the high $2 range it still only cost around $325 round trip in gas from Pittsburgh PA to Orlando FL and back. Which is far cheaper then the cost of flying and renting a car!
This year we won't be doing our normal Orlando trip and instead are going to do a week and a half coaster tour! I expect to honestly spend about $250-300 on gas even with the higher prices so that's not much of a change for us. Besides, I'd rather have my own vehicle with me and not be stuck with shuttles or buses!

Lauren, Right now gas around the US is running $3.35-3.50 per gallon! You can always check GasBuddy.com and put in Orlando, FL to see that the average is!

From Hermione Potter
Posted March 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Gas in Orlando is currently at $3.50 around the Universal area (were I live). It's usually about the same near Disney and a dollar more right by the airport. I was in S. Florida this past week and it was 3.60 down there.

All the talking heads on the news have been saying that the prices this summer are expected to be somewhere between $4.50 and $5.00 a gallon - yikes.

Personally, my friends and I were going to attempt a summer road trip out to the west coast but the price of gas along with the rising cost of food and basic needs may make this impossible.

From Jake Johnson
Posted March 4, 2011 at 7:23 PM
This time of year we usually do a ski trip to NC mountains or head up to NH for a week in a timeshare unit. Due to a upcoming HS senior we are going to be doing college tours this march break instead of snow sports.. :(

Now kinda glad we had not planned something a long drive like to NH area.. Did that last year in the 08 chev impala LTZ with ski racks and cargo holder off the back getting 27 or so MPG and tolls cost around $250 round trip.

If we would have planned to go back to NH with fuel costing almost a buck more would add appz $100 or more to the cost.

that would have definitely caused us to not do other activities like going out to eat, checking out other locations, hitting other slopes etc on the trip.. it would have been taking the shuttle to the slopes and packing a lunch for the ride..

It going to start hurting soon as gas pushes over $3.50 gal.. I see this summer as a slow down in the economy because of gas prices and all the fricking large SUV on the road..

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