Shut up, already.
If you don't want to go on vacation, then don't go, but quit blaming the price of fuel for the collapse of your vacation. Here's why your complaining is ludicrous:
I know someone who owns a spiffy 4WD Honda Element...oh wait, that's me! This gorgeous tangerine metallic vehicle, because it's a 4WD, gets worse gas mileage than its front wheel drive sibling, and considerably worse gas mileage than, say, a Civic. But the Element has tons more room and is a joy to drive, and really is just perfect for long road trips. Civics are tiny and cramped and not well suited to a long road trip.
I've been averaging 24 mpg on my recent road trips, and my summer vacation trip to Maine is 4076 miles round trip. That means I'll need 17o gallons of gas. At $4/gallon that's $680 worth of gas, which really does seem like a lot of money. But if gas were $3/gallon, the trip fuel cost would only be $170 less. That's it....$170 less for taking a trip of over 4,000 miles.
Really, folks.....you're telling me you're going to cancel your summer vacation over $170? You could easily save $170 by packing sandwich fixin's and soda and chips in an ice chest rather than eat at a restaurant or fast food place each meal. $170 is a few less t-shirts or crappy souvenirs...it could even be 2 fewer tickets to that fancy theme park. It's $34 per person in a family of five $42.50 per person in a family of four.
But truly, if a single person, a couple, or a family have enough money to consider taking a road trip vacation in the first place, I cannot imagine that $170 would be the deciding factor.
I realize fuel prices are ridiculous. I agree they are. But quit using them as an excuse. If you want to go on vacation, then go. If you want to find a reason not to, then join the blubbering masses. If you want to make an argument for other prices rising in stores/restaurants/hotels as the result of rising fuel prices, then I might think you a bit smart and be inclined to listen to your data. Otherwise, you're just part of the group of people 'freaking out' over this.
And so, I say again....shut up.
By the way, Mount Desert Island has a free Island Explorer propane-powered shuttle bus system that runs all over the island, so I'll be taking advantage of that perk and save the island and Acadia National Park from the fumes of my $4/gallon gasoline.