The year 1993 wasn’t exactly the golden age of travel, but most items were certainly a lot cheaper than they are today. For just about everything related to moving around the country, costs have climbed steeply. The surprising exception is air travel: the average cost of a round-trip domestic flight has gone up, but not by much. Keep in mind, though, that the airfare figures don’t include add-ons like baggage fees, which have proliferated in recent years.
|Gallon of gas||$1.16||$3.31|
|Average hotel room rate, business travelers||$79.80||$158.99|
|Average domestic round-trip U.S. airfare||$320.86||$377.56|
|Cost of carbon offset for one-way, one-stop flight from Los Angeles
to New York City
|Didn’t exist||$17.85(2012 figure)|
|Taxi ride, 2.8 miles, New York City||$6.28||$13.60|
|U.S. average daily cost of car rental||$33.50||$48.01|
|Average daily expenses for meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)||$52.79||$85.41|
Note: Prices are not adjusted for inflation.