It’s no secret that gas prices are at an all-time high, but they don’t have to spoil your plans for that special getaway to any of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). According to USA Today, as of March 9, 2022 the price of gas reached a record high (not accounting for inflation), surpassing a high that had stood for nearly 14 years with an average national price for a gallon of regular at $4.17. Anyone who has filled up the tank recently has had to dig deep, with the cost of a full tank nearly doubling in some states.
For some vacationers, the expense of driving is having an impact on vacation planning. In a recent well publicized survey, the research firm Longwoods International has suggested that higher gas prices are making people rethink their vacations and replacing Covid for a top travel concern. According to Longwoods International, roughly six in ten travelers say rising gas prices will sway their travel plans during the next six months. (By contrast, only two in 10 travelers say that Covid-19 will impact their decision to travel in the next six months, down more than ten points from the start of the year.). If you are among those travelers concerned that gas prices might put a dent in your travel plans, fear not and read on.
DINE innkeepers are here to share some helpful tips on how to combat high gas prices and take less of a chunk out of your travel budget, leaving more money to enjoy a DINE getaway. Follow some of these tips and start saving on your next romantic DINE escape.
Fill up on Mondays. Top off on Fridays
In February, 2022, GasBuddy, the leading fuel-savings platform released a new study that found the best and worst days of the week to fill up in order to maximize savings. The survey revealed that Monday, the first day of the week offers the lowest average gas prices in the majority of the U.S. — 17 states including Illinois, Michigan and Virginia. This finding corroborated GasBuddy’s 2017, 2018 and 2019 studies showing that Monday was also the best day to buy gas in those years. In addition, and contrary to previous years, Friday is now one of the cheapest days of the week to buy gas, offering the ideal day to top off your tank before heading to DINE country.
The survey also revealed that the worst day of the week to buy gas is Thursday. “Though there is variation in daily gas prices across different states, the consensus is that filling up at the beginning or end of the work week, on Monday or Friday, is the best way to save money”, said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “Following Monday, Sunday is the cheapest day to fill-up. But even if you can’t always time your fill ups, the golden rule is to always shop around before filling up,” he added.
Invest time researching best rates
Even if you can’t always time your fill ups, the golden rule is to always shop around before filling up according to our friends at GasBuddy.com, the travel and navigation app that is used by drivers to save money on gas and covers 150,000+ gas stations in North America.
Shopping around doesn’t simply apply to gas prices. Take time to research rates for your favorite DINE inn. Off-peak and less popular travel dates are sure to reveal different rates than holidays, summer and fall in New England. In fact, the next few months are among the least crowded times for New England inn travel, making them the best time to avoid the crowds and the most wallet-friendly times to travel. Plan your getaway for midweek, and you may save even more than the rates on the weekends.
Stay close to home
Many travel-industry specific terms have been born out of the pandemic and even prior to it. The concept of a close-to-home vacation or a staycation is one that has increased in popularity and fits well with the idea of saving on gas. From exploring your own back yard to one-tank getaways, there are so many wonderful DINE inns to discover within an easy drive. Trust us, even if you don’t go far, you’ll really feel like you’ve gotten away with all that’s packed into a DINE getaway.
Distinctive Inns of New England was originated to create the perfect New England inn driving itinerary, so making an inn-to-inn trip out of your next getaway is easily achievable on a tank of gas.
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