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Old 08-05-2008, 06:13 PM
Location: La Jolla, CA
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Originally Posted by crazyme4878 View Post
This has been going on for quite a few years now. I saw a headline recently (sorry don't know if it was a WI, MN, MI or AZ headline) that bussing children is going to be a large problem this year. It seems like that would hold true anywhere these days.
I think I saw something about that in Arizona. Especially given the massive distances in southwestern cities, gas is going to be much more of a problem out west, but it will also be a problem everywhere.
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Old 08-05-2008, 06:27 PM
Location: La Jolla, CA
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Originally Posted by CountryGal27 View Post
I'm not seeing it here in NW Wisconsin. Lakes are busy. Bars are still busy on Friday and Saturday nights. Highway 8 is still pretty crowded come Thurs and Fri with folks going north with trucks with boats, ATVs, campers, etc.

I do think folks are holding on tighter to there $$ but are still taking "the Minocqua trip" or so to speak, just maybe not EVERYone goes 2-3 times a month up north like they did before.

I actually think it will be good for my local community, it makes folks buy in their own towns and not travel that 30 or 45 minutes to Wal-Mart. I've done that LOTS.
You'd better believe it. People aren't going to scrap a vacation because it costs another $100-$200 to get there and back. They'll cut back somewhere else, drink cheap beer, maybe not buy that new car or truck or boat that they thought they were going to buy this year. People look forward to this time of year for months, and they'll find the money. They might cut down the amount of days, or they might not go every single weekend, but they're not going to abandon plans entirely. And those who can, might come for a longer period each time, instead of more times, to save on the fuel costs of going back and forth.

And as you said, fuel prices don't hurt local economics. Buy things, eat and drink in your own area instead of spending the extra $20 just to go to another town to do the same thing and save $5. It can't hurt. Vacationers will do it. But they won't give up the opportunity to have a good time even if they have to find the additional money or cut back on something to make it happen.
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