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Monday, 2 May 2011

Fun Monday - recession bites

The lovely Sayre takes up the Fun Monday baton and says
'Let's us discuss what kind of plans we have for the summer season. With the economy, and gas prices being what they are, will you be traveling during the summer months or staying close to home?'
Good timing Sayre, as soon we need to sell the caravan we bought this time last year.
Sadly, Cornwall has become too far to travel, 365 miles each way and with fuel 140 per litre which is about £7 per gallon!!! Go figure! Still, we've had many years of holidaying in the far south-west of England and lots of memories (some happy and some sad).

OH with his practical head on worked out the pros and cons and I agree.
  • 365 miles is too far to drive in a single journey
  • folk we knew for many years and who were very good friends can now be found in the local churchyard not the pub. We lost the last of that group of friends in the past couple of years.
  • We often listen to travel reports on the radio. There are now too many accident hotspots on the route we travel.
  • Fuel prices rise and rise making the cost of living also rise.
  • We have the two Ms and it's good to spend more time with them.
  • Holidaying at Kerbstone Edge has more appeal.
  • We have our memories and many, many photos. Too many places in the SW have become spoiled over the years. I prefer the SW I knew and loved.
Perhaps I'm setting into old age!!!


Joy said...

A very interesting post, Joan. I used to think nothing of driving hundreds of miles, if needs be, but now my holidays are all taken much closer to home. I suppose I could go by train but, to be honest, the thought of not having the car just does not appeal at all.

J x

Sayre said...

I agree with all OH's reasoning! There are things to be found closer to home. I keep thinking that I'd like to explore where I live as I never seem to get around to it!

By the way, Roger is still hosting. I just post the challenges on my sidebar. I thought about it, but as school is in it's final month, I thought I might need to stay a bit freer. I may host next month though!

Jan n Jer said...

The high gas prices everywhere is something to be considered when taking a long trip! I think a lot of people will be having a "staycation" this summer! At least I know we will not be going too far from home!

joanygee said...

Apologies to Roger thanks for the update Sayre. There's lots to explore in the local area here too.
If you haven't gone by train recently, don't rush to try it; unless things are better where you live.