Gas prices are widely expected to push up the cost of a vacation this summer, hitting those who are planning to drive and fly the hardest.
The price of oil keeps going up, making gas to fill our cars more expensive and forcing airlines to hike prices or impose surcharges, and it seems that there's no end in sight. Here, a couple of holiday options which shouldn't be too affected.
Take the train
Train fares rise of their own accord, of course, but at least you'll be spared the indignity of fuel surcharges if you hop on long-distance, high-speed services around the world. Compared to flying, it's also a far more enjoyable way to travel and you can save big by booking in advance.
Take the bus
Compared to the cost of fuel for a long-distance journey, using a bus or coach service can turn out a lot cheaper and often doesn't take much longer. Like trains, it's good to book ahead.
Have a 'staycation'
Holidaying at home was all the rage last year, and it's still an option this year. Plan ahead, get all your jobs done, save a bit of cash and then splurge on having fun in your own neighborhood or nearby.
Planning on renting a car on vacation? Plenty of places now offer electric vehicles, which are greener and cheaper to run, especially if you don't pay for the electricity where you're staying (many hotels will recharge for free).
Cycling holidays are fun and green, especially if you're able to use a train to get there. Bikes allow vacationers to cover a lot of distance at their own pace, with no concerns about traffic jams.