Soaring Gas Prices Across the Country

By Marcella S. Meeks

In a few short weeks, hopefully if I can get enough money to buy the gas for vacation, we’ll be heading West. The way it’s looking now, it’s going to cost me a whopping $1250 round trip just for gasoline in my old trail blazer. I’m not even sure if that is a doable thing at this point. I’m deliberating on canceling everything in New Mexico and Colorado and just going someplace closer like Hot Springs, Arkansas. It will only cost me $300 round trip to go there – give or take a few dollars.

I never worried about gas before but I never spent over $600 round trip even going 3500 miles or so. Now the thought of $1200 just for gas really makes me stop and think. Spending that much on gas cuts out extra activities and eating out, that’s for sure. What’s the point in going on vacation if all your money is spent on gas and there’s little left for anything fun?

I’m taking my grandsons. Needless to say, they’re going to have to eat. Feeding teen agers isn’t cheap either. With gas prices soaring and my bank account already over-budgeted and slim as it is, rethinking our vacation plans this year is in the makings as we speak. I’d rather go someplace like Arkansas than no place at all.

Everybody is saying that Biden did this to us… Wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they’re right. Regardless who did it, cutting our vacation in half this year is a ‘have-to’ instead of a ‘want-to’. Until gas prices get back to normal if it ever does, vacationing closer to home and spending less on gas is something I will have to consider from here on out.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is cutting out long hauls this year. I know people who are cutting vacation time out altogether and sticking close to home. But I must go somewhere. My sanity is at stake here – I have to get away and just enjoy being somewhere other than here. So – Arkansas was the grandsons first choice at a ‘closer to home’ destination. Any ideas? Feel free to share here. Thanks…

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