Pain at the pump came early this year. Gas prices began rising in the winter, which marked an earlier start than in previous years, and are predicted to soar into record territory by summer. Travel plans will surely take a hit.
So, what about that vacation you’ve been waiting all winter to take? Don’t let rising gas prices put your plans on the skids! You can still get away without breaking the bank. Bed and breakfasts across the country are offering gas-saving options such as one-tank trips and gas cards for travelers still plotting their great escape this spring and summer.
Here are a few ways to save gas and help pad the pocketbook:
Many inns are giving out gas cards again this year to alleviate the cost of travel to and from the inn and around town. For example, if you book 3 consecutive nights at Maple Leaf Inn Bed & Breakfast located in Waterloo, IN, they will provide you with a $25 gas card.
Once you hit the open road, one tank of gas can get you pretty far. If you live in Dallas, you can reach the Echo Canyon Resort Spa which is 130 miles in Sulphur, OK, and boasts Jacuzzi mineral baths and private balconies overlooking the canyon on each of its suites.
The 12-room Harbour Towne On The Waterfront is located approximately 160 miles from Boston in Boothbay Harbor, ME, and walking distance from top restaurants, local shops and galleries.
How about ditching the car all together? You can go completely car-free when staying in B&Bs such as Ivy Terrace located in New York, NY. Mass transit can be accessed from the three major airports—Laguardia, Kennedy and Newark—and the must-see sights are all reachable by train, bus or ferry.
Washington D.C. is one of the most popular car-free destinations in the United States. Families can travel through the city by Metro and visit most of the city’s attraction free of charge (you already pay for them through your taxes!) The Embassy Circle Guest House enjoys an ideal location close to the Dupont Circke Metro station and is convenient to the White House, Smithsonian Institute and Capitol Hill, not to mention in the midst of all of the lovely foreign embassies.
Few cities make getting around by public transportation as much fun as San Fransisco with their famed cable cars. A stay at the Cornell Hotel de France, San Francisco, CA gives you an extra delight with a bit of French whimsy in the city by the bay. You’ll enjoy the excellent French restaurant on the premises and are within easy distance to Union Square, Nob Hill, Chinatown and the Theater District.
After some searching, you may find some of the best vacations are right in your own backyard! Staycations not only cut down on travel time but also the expense. Plus, you’ll get to play tourist in your town or city and maybe experience it in a completely different way!
Gas prices may be rising but they don’t have to squash your plans. With a little bit of flexibility in your planning, you can still enjoy that relaxing weekend away. Your wallet will thank you!
About The Author: Rich Rodriguez is the PR & Marketing Coordinator for BnBFinder.com, one of the world’s most comprehensive B&B directories. You can read more about B&Bs and travel at the BnBFinder blog. Follow along on Twitter at @BnBFinder, Facebook and Google+.
Photo Credits: #1 Flickr:Glenn Batuyong, #2 Maple Leaf Inn, #3 Ivy Terrace, #4 Cornell Hotel de France