Thursday, May 22, 2008
Memorial Day Weekend
This weekend is Memorial Day - the unofficial start of summer (see yesterday's post - where is spring??). While the weather certainly doesn't feel summer-like here, schools are starting to let out, folks are starting to travel, kids will soon spend time at the pool and summer camps. All the great things of summer are upon us.
Traditionally this is a big travel weekend. But this year they are expecting fewer people on the road. With gas prices soaring (and above $4 in some places), many people are choosing to stay close to home. Airfare is also on the rise. I recently booked a trip on JetBlue, which has now limited each passenger to one checked bag ($20 per extra) and also charges people an additional $15 to sit in one of the rows with more legroom. Talk about nickel and diming us! But these costs are getting out of hand and fewer people are able to afford vacations and travel. Which is a shame...travel is integral to a person's well-being in my opinion. It's good to expand our horizons and see other places and cultures. Not to mention that many people live far from their families and it's important for us to be able to connect with them face-to-face on a fairly regular basis. I hate the thought of not visiting family as often because it costs too much to travel.
If you decide to stay home this weekend - have a BBQ, watch a movie, go to the park...do something fun! If you travel - have a safe trip and don't die of sticker shock at the pumps.