Rising prices force tourists to alter travel plans

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Rising prices force tourists to alter travel plans

The summer travel season is in full swing on the Central Coast, but high gas prices and inflation are forcing some tourists to alter their plans. Whether it be food, housing or gas, consumer prices are on the rise— this year, you can call it ‘inflation-vacation’. Lexi Johnson, who works at Adventures By the Sea, which is a popular spot where travelers rent bikes and kayaks, said they have been forced to raise prices.“We raised our prices, the first time in three years not by that much, but you know, with inflation and everything going up. A bike was $10, now it’s $12.” Johnson said luckily they’re still seeing a steady amount of customers, despite some people scaling back on activities these days. Higher prices may not be stopping some people from traveling completely but many say it’s definitely changing the way they’re doing it. “We would’ve normally driven, but with gas prices, we decided we’re going to fly out here instead,” said George Herman, a tourist traveling from Arizona. Other travelers said they even cut their stay a few days shorter due to higher hotel prices. “We usually go for a week to get out of the heat, but now we’re doing it just for three or four days. So now it’s a shorter time. Prices used to be like 600, 500 to get an ocean view room. Now it’s like 800 tonight. So we just do less time. Same vacation,” said tourist Lori Moroz-White.

The summer travel season is in full swing on the Central Coast, but high gas prices and inflation are forcing some tourists to alter their plans. Whether it be food, housing or gas, consumer prices are on the rise— this year, you can call it ‘inflation-vacation’.

Lexi Johnson, who works at Adventures By the Sea, which is a popular spot where travelers rent bikes and kayaks, said they have been forced to raise prices.

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“We raised our prices, the first time in three years not by that much, but you know, with inflation and everything going up. A bike was $10, now it’s $12.”

Johnson said luckily they’re still seeing a steady amount of customers, despite some people scaling back on activities these days.

Higher prices may not be stopping some people from traveling completely but many say it’s definitely changing the way they’re doing it.

“We would’ve normally driven, but with gas prices, we decided we’re going to fly out here instead,” said George Herman, a tourist traveling from Arizona.

Other travelers said they even cut their stay a few days shorter due to higher hotel prices.

“We usually go for a week to get out of the heat, but now we’re doing it just for three or four days. So now it’s a shorter time. Prices used to be like 600, 500 to get an ocean view room. Now it’s like 800 tonight. So we just do less time. Same vacation,” said tourist Lori Moroz-White.

Contributed by local news sources

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