Thursday, May 15, 2008

Ridiculous Vacation Talk

I just heard another bit on the news about people staying close to home for their vacations this year. The Hartford Courant had a similar piece a few weeks ago about how more families in Connecticut would be spending their vacations on the Connecticut shore, rather than say, Cape Cod because of the economy and because of gas prices.

It's one of the more ridiculous non-stories I've ever heard. If you're renting a beach house, your paying $100, $200, maybe even $300 or more per night, usually with a one week minimum. So we're talking thousands of dollars, just for your lodging on your vacation, not including food and not including various entertainment expenses. I know I can get to Cape Cod on a tank of gas, so depending on your vehicle, you're talking $40 to 70$ for a fill up.

Given you're talking about thousands of dollars spent on a vacation, what person in their right mind is going to change their vacation plans based solely on the extra $100 or $150 bucks needed for gas for the round trip?

Just another one of those stupid, make believe, media looking for a story sort of nonsense. Now maybe some people literally can't afford vacations because they're literally spending hundreds of extra dollars a month on gas. But that's not what the story said ... and I suspect that's because as much as everyone complains about gas prices, very few people have significantly changed their driving habits.


Anonymous b.rose said...

There are 2 million people in CT I believe and 1 million of them believe Barack Obama is the messiah. When your messiah starts throwing the word depression out there, people listen. Consumer confidence is ruined in large part because of little Barack and Big Hill and negative sentiment on the economy can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Is it possible there's a bunch of wackjobs in CT that buy into this depression talk and alter their vacations because of it? I think it's possible a few do and it's enough to make a story.

I also believe there's no doubt obama/clinton's non-stop end of days talk about the economy has hurt us. Confidence is big for a healthy economy. look at bear stearns. rumors did that. u wanna make a credit crisis worse? irrationally deplete confidence.

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