RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Spring break season is here. Some Triangle universities are already on hiatus, and other universities and school districts will be on hiatus in the coming weeks. However, rising gas prices are forcing some to change their plans.
North Carolina State University students will be on spring break next week. CBS 17 spoke to students who say they aren’t canceling trips but are making some changes.
With the average price of gasoline in the US at an all-time high, NC State Junior Cedric Clyburn said he was happy to fly rather than drive to Miami.
Flying has also become more expensive. February CPI figures released on Thursday showed air fares rose 5.4 percent from January to February and 12.7 percent last year.
Because of this, as a sophomore, Adam Sichel shortens his trip to Naples, changes his flight from weekends to weekdays, and saves hundreds of dollars.
“Obviously I would have loved to have stayed longer in Florida for spring break but I’m just happy to fly anywhere, this will be my first flight since COVID.”
A spokesman for AAA Carolinas said historically, gas prices have not slowed travel; People are finding other ways to cut costs in areas like food and housing.
Here’s how senior Erin McCarthy makes her $500 round-trip flight to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
“We’ll try to do as much grocery shopping as a group and luckily we can cook for ourselves thanks to Airbnb, but it’s definitely harder to consider when we’re going out,” McCarthy said.
AAA Carolinas said there have been no cancellations or changes in travel plans due to gas or hotel increases, noting that people who had already booked had their rates fixed.
“Everyone is sticking to their plans, not a single person I know has changed their plans to go on spring break just because we’re already in so deep,” Clyburn said.
https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/how-rising-gas-prices-are-affecting-spring-break-plans-for-nc-state-students/ How rising gas prices are affecting spring break plans for NC State students