May 14, 2010 2:28 PM by Veronica White

Oil Spill Shifts Summer Travel Plans to GA, SC

Acadianians worry the oil spill will affect their travel plans this summer to the usual popular places like Gulf Shores and Destin, Florida.

Many families tight on a budget waited until last minute to make plans, so travel agent Robbie Bush says he has seen a change from the routine.

"It's been a shift of travel rather than a cancellation of travel. They're going to say, ‘I still have a week off, what can I do for around the same budget?'"

He says beaches along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts are now common choices, but it takes a longer drive.

Associated Travel Group has seen an increase in business, with people stressed and confused about plans.

Bush says he would not tell people not to consider a trip to Alabama or Florida, but do look at the cancellation policies.

For instance, he says, one realtor they talked to changed policies: at first they were refunding, then because the spill was not coming they went back to standard policy, which does not allow for the oil spill to be covered by insurance.

Hotels are much more lenient with cancellations than condominiums, and many locals say they plan to just go to a nice hotel and lay by the pool.



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