Going for day out

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For much of the last sixteen months, most of us have been restricted in the distances we can travel. A “travel local” or five mile radius limit was in place.

empty roads this week are unlikely as people forget petrol prices and enjoy the sunshine and warmth

Now all of us can travel wherever we like in the UK and what do we face – the highest petrol prices since 2013 and they aren’t far away from being at all-time high.

Because, it seems, people are prepared to travel and price isn’t a factor in their decision making.

A caravanning couple I know, have taken four trips in the caravan in the last couple of months to as far afield as Cornwall and Scotland. They are away now and petrol costs are not at the top of their thinking when they decide where to go.

The reason?

Having been cooped up for so long they just want to get out and see the UK again. To them, having saved last year by not being able to travel, this year they are making up for it.

Petrol prices used to be one of the major factors in deciding how much you would travel for days out  and how often to holiday in the UK.

You would think that people would be moaning bitterly and that the media would be running horror stories about how it was affecting inflation, shopping and travelling but no, that isn’t happening.

Why?

Because the media is concentrating on other things.

That OPEC countries should have decided to increase production by just over 400,000 barrels a day (which is only about a 0.5% increase over world daily production) suggests there is demand but to what price will petrol have to rise from its about £1.30-£1.35 a litre level to make people think twice about going for a day out?

Frankly I think it will have to go a lot higher before that happens because people want to get out and train fares are too high for a family outing.

With high temperatures, hot weather and little cloud for the next five days, people will be enjoying those first few days of the break-up of schools for the summer holidays to get out and about.

This time, the price of petrol is of little concern to curtailing days out and holidays. Which is something the tourist industry will cheer.

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