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Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Dave!Travel costs, which have always been kinda expensive... but not prohibitively so... have been skyrocketing at a steady clip. Every time I turn around, the price for a trip goes up. Airfare keeps rising. Meals keep rising. Local transportation keeps rising. And hotels? Hotels are absolutely nuts. Even if you use Priceline and Hotwire to save money, lodging in most major cities is insanely pricey if you want to stay at a nice property in a decent location.

For my trip to Chicago today, I started adding things up and nearly passed out. Compared to six years ago, this trip will be almost double the cost. You read that right, double. Even the little things... like a bottle of Coke at the 7-11 (99¢ to $1.79) have gotten out of hand, and it all adds up...

$37 Dollar Coffee? AWESOME!

I'm seriously starting to wonder if traveling for work is even worth it any more. If a huge chunk of the money you earn is pissed away on flights, hotels, and food... it seems a lot of effort for very little return.

And so I consider settling down and traveling less.

But then I happen upon the best fucking veggie burger I have ever had tonight, and begin to think that maybe it's worth it after all. I'd never be able to get something like this back home.

Or maybe I just need to move to Chicago.

Inflation, it's a bitch, yo.

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  1. Sarah says:

    The rising prices are the reason Vahid and I couldn’t make a trip that we really needed to make. It’s hard to travel today without having to save a million years to do it. I keep looking at what it’s going to cost for our honeymoon and trip and wonder how much I could really get for a kidney on the black market. (That’s mostly not true. Mostly.)

  2. martymankins says:

    The cost of travel is such an odd thing the last 5-8 years. It seems it’s hard to get much in the way of a decent room for under $150 a night at a brand hotel chain like Hilton. One point you brought up was food and the example of a 20 oz Coke. 99 cents is decent. $1.80 is insane. I never imagined paying almost $2 for a 20 oz bottle of soda would reach that price.

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