Published on : Saturday, March 11, 2017
According to the CheapTickets.com Spring Break survey,i 42 percent of college students and 36 percent of up-and-comers are planning to take a trip this spring break, compared to 11 percent of families. While fewer families are opting to travel during this busy season, the average family budget for spring break travel is up slightly from last year. In contrast, college students and up-and-comers are spending less on spring break, with college students’ budgets decreasing by 28 percent compared to last year and 90 percent of up-and-comers are willing to consider changing their destination if it means saving money. Budgets aside, CheapTickets.com found consensus across all groups on spring break activities. All three demographics prioritized relaxation and spending time with family and friends over parties and outdoor activities.
“For spring break vacations, California and Florida remain popular destinations but we’re also seeing an uptick in interest for international travel, in particular from the up-and-comer demographic,” said Justine McDonald, a CheapTickets.com travel expert. “Our survey also found that while a majority of families reported they actively avoid destinations geared towards college kids, less than 10 percent of college students say they are focused on partying when they travel over spring break.”
TOP SPRING BREAK DESTINATIONS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS, UP-AND-COMERS AND FAMILIES
For college students, traditional beach destinations including Orlando, San Diego, and Myrtle Beach continue to top the list of spring break hot spots that won’t break the bank. For the more active spring breaker, Colorado has emerged as a favorite, with both Denver and Colorado Springs topping the list as gateway cities to Colorado’s many ski destinations.
UP AND COMERS
This year, the up-and-comer crowd (adults ages 25-34) is taking a non-traditional approach to spring break travel with more international destinations including Phuket, Thailand and Tokyo, Japan as well as off-the-beaten-path mountain picks like Bozeman, Montana. For up-and-comers, when it comes to city trips, it’s all about tradeoffs. The reasonably priced airfare to domestic hubs of Las Vegas and Chicago allows this group of travelers to splurge on hotel accommodations.
It’s no surprise families heavily favor popular markets of Florida and California this spring break given climate is the top driver of destinations for this group. However, for some families, spring break isn’t only an opportunity to relax in the sun but also a chance to create memories through experiences. This year the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park rose to the top for families hoping to get outside and do some sightseeing.