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One third will spend less on spring break vacation

March 23, 2010 | 11:58 am

Spring break

About a third of Southern California travelers who planned to vacation during spring break said they will spend less than last year.

The efforts to save money this year were documented in a recent survey of nearly 660 members of the Automobile Club of Southern California.

Of the 24% who said they don't plan to take a spring break vacation, more than two-thirds cited the economic recession for influencing their decision.

The survey also found that more than half of those questioned said they planned to look for discounts and specials to save money on entertainment to save money during spring travel.

More than a third of those in the survey also said they planned to drive instead of fly, and about a third said they will cut back on shopping and souvenirs, according to the survey.

Only 15% of the Auto Club members surveyed said they planned to spend more during spring break than before the recession.

-- Hugo Martin

Photo: Vacationers in Lake Havasu dive from the cliffs during spring break. Credit: Los Angeles Times