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More local residents are headed west for vacation

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – The oil spill in the Gulf coast has forced many local residents to change their holiday vacation plans.

Gloria Deskin stated, "I can't now because of the oil spill. I usually spend a week at Grand Isle after the fourth of July."

Deskin and others who have planned trips to or near Gulf coast are now looking to relax in oil free places.

Econo Travel agent Ray Hammond stated, "With basically the Gulf coast being pretty much blacked out, the places they can go are getting fewer and fewer."

Melanie Justilien hasn't ruled out a Gulf Coast vacation, "It's beautiful and I definitely would go," she said.

However, Hammond says a lot of people are now headed west to vacation, and that's something that could have a negative impact on business in the Gulf coast.

"The tourist areas, it will take them a long time to recover," said Hammond.  "This is their big season."

Hammond has seen a number of clients requesting to vacation in Texas, but with so many headed to beach destinations like Galveston, it's becoming a challenge to book a vacation there. As a result, some people headed even further west.

Hammond stated, "A lot of them are going to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico."

Cozumel and Cancun are also popular destinations in Mexico.

However, for vacationers still looking to check out beach destinations in Florida, that have yet to be closed because of the oil spill, it is best to go the extra mile and get traveler's insurance.

Hammond stated, "In case they have to cancel to try and cover the cost of their trip, in case it does get affected by oil."

Deskin will look to vacation else where until the oil spill is cleaned up

"I wish I could go to Grand Isle," she stated.

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