Spring break may be short and sweet

March 19, 2007 at 1:10 PM

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- Vacationers are cutting their spring breaks short in response to rising travel costs.

"People are shortening their vacations to afford them," Amy Ziff, editor at large at Travelocity, told USA Today. "Travel's expensive again."

The average spring break this year will be 4.9 days, Travelocity reported. That's the first time in six years of tracking bookings that the average spring break has fallen below the five-day mark, and it's 7 percent shorter than in 2006, USA Today reported.

Airfare and hotel costs have increased, especially during peak travel times. "There are some cheap published fares out there but you won't qualify for them" during peak weeks, Tom Parsons, publisher of BestFares.com, told USA Today.

Hotel rates have shown double-digit increases since last year, according to Smith Travel Research, which tracks hotel rates in many spring destinations.

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