Soaring Gas Prices Affecting Some People's Spring Break Vacation Plans

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

The recent rain has also given us green fields and flowers popping up, including Bluebonnets.
And with gas prices continuing to soar...it's good reason for some people to stick around and enjoy spring break close to home.

Some families are making major changes when it comes to planning a trip.

Alexander Hay and his daughter, Adriana are visiting the Washington on the Brazos State Park from Houston, as part of their spring break trip across Texas.

"We've gone to Mexico sometimes, or, once I went, with my son, to Scotland," Alexander said.

"They left me behind. They ditched me," interrupted Adriana.

"I still owe her a trip to Scotland, but not this year," laughed Alexander.

This year is different for the Hays family because the high gas prices that continue climbing are affecting their household budget.

Alexander said, "If you're going on a budget trip someplace, with a family, you're probably talking two to three thousand dollars. This has been almost nothing compared to that."

The cost of pretty much everything has gone up, so if you want to go on vacation, but stay in your budget, walking the trails at the state park is free.

"We came at the right time of year, too, the flowers are starting to come up," said Alexander.

Lush green fields are sprinkled with reds, purples and of course, bluebonnets.

Alexander said, "When we got here, we were like, oh, wow, this is beautiful."

"I think just driving out and walking like we are is better than going on a big trip," added Adriana.

"We all find ourselves with our heads, just buried in something and it's nice to lift your head up and look around and, you know, enjoy it," Alexander said.

So, what's next on the spring break itinerary for the father-daughter duo?

Alexander answered, "I have a friend who has a restaurant in Bellville, so we'll drive out there and hang out with him and then, maybe tomorrow, just relax."

Getting the most out of some extra time with family and friends...isn't that what it's all about?

According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Texas is $3.70.
That's still lower than the national average of $3.81.

A recent AAA poll shows 61% of Texans say recent high gas prices have affected their household budgets.
That's compared to 51% surveyed last spring.


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