Price of Gas Doesn’t Seem to Kill 4th of July Traveling Budgets
It appears that $4.89 a gallon is not going to slow anyone down over the 4th of July. AAA came out with their prediction today on people traveling and said that 42 million people will be traveling in a vehicle at least 50 miles or more over the holiday. They say it's a 3.7% increase in long-distance travel in all forms (planes, trains, and automobiles) from 2021.
What happened to the price of gas killing everyone's budget?
By the way, how do they know that exactly? Where do they pick up all those numbers? No one that I have ever talked to has been called or surveyed on their travel plans.
It's the same thing we get from the Yellowstone National Park. Every year they tell us that the park had X number of millions of visitors. How do they know that? I was in the park one month ago when I went to Jake's wedding. The ranger at the gate took my money and gave me a map and wished me a good day. She didn't ask or even do a head count in the car so how do they know the individual visitor numbers?
All that aside, the fact is that people seem to not be driving a lot less for a good time or recreation.
They'll complain about how much it costs to get to work each week but have no problem with the recreational budget.
You would think that in Montana where distances are more of a factor it would have slowed that down a bit but it hasn't seemed to stop anyone from driving altogether.
Gas could be six dollars a gallon and people would finance it if they had to for the party. No matter where I go my trips are always over 50 miles away so it makes no difference to me. I'm one of the 42 million just because of where I live.
See ya tomorrow at 5 a.m.