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Rising travel prices force tourists to change travel plans

Rising travel prices force tourists to change travel plans

Summer travel season is in full swing on the Central Coast, but high gas prices and inflation are forcing some tourists to change their plans. Whether it’s groceries, housing, or gas, consumer prices are rising — you could call it “holiday inflation” this year. Lexi Johnson, who works at Adventures By the Sea, a popular place for travelers to rent bikes and kayaks, says they have raised prices for the first time in three years. “We raised prices, for the first time in three years, not as much, but you know, with inflation and everything. The bike cost $10, now it’s $12.” Johnson said that, fortunately, they still have a stable number of customers, despite the fact that some people are reducing their activities these days. Higher prices may not stop some people from traveling fully, but many say it definitely changes the way they do it. “Normally we would have driven, but due to gas prices, we decided to fly here instead,” said George Herman, a backpacker traveling from Arizona. Other travelers have told us that they have even shortened their stay by a few days due to higher hotel prices. “Usually we go for a week to escape the heat, but now we only do it for three or four days. So now it’s less time. The prices used to be like 600, 500 to get an ocean view room. It’s about 800 tonight. So we’re just making less time. The same vacation,” said tourist Laurie Frost-White.

Summer travel season is in full swing on the Central Coast, but high gas prices and inflation are forcing some tourists to change their plans. Whether it’s groceries, housing, or gas, consumer prices are rising — you could call it “holiday inflation” this year.

Lexi Johnson, who works at Adventures By the Sea, a popular place for travelers to rent bikes and kayaks, says they have raised prices for the first time in three years.

“We raised prices, for the first time in three years, not as much, but you know, with inflation and everything. The bike cost $10, now it’s $12.”

Johnson said that, fortunately, they still have a stable number of customers, despite the fact that some people are reducing their activities these days.

Higher prices may not stop some people from traveling fully, but many say it definitely changes the way they do it.

“Normally we would have driven, but due to gas prices, we decided to fly here instead,” said George Herman, a backpacker traveling from Arizona.

Other travelers have told us that they have even shortened their stay by a few days due to higher hotel prices.

“Usually we go for a week to escape the heat, but now we only do it for three or four days. So now there is less time….

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