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Spring Break for Every Budget: CheapTickets.com Reveals Top Mountain, Beach, and City Destinations for College Students, Up-and-Comers and Families in 2017

Families Increase Spring Break Spending While College Students and Up-And-Comers Slash Budgets

CHICAGO, Feb. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spring is in the air and CheapTickets.com is revealing the latest in spring break travel trends and top destinations for college students, up-and-comers (adults ages 25-34) and families.

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

COLLEGE STUDENTS
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. 

 

Destination

Average Daily 
Hotel Rateii

Average 
Airfareiii

Beach

 

 

 

 

Orlando, Fla.

$97

$329

 

San Diego, Calif.

$112

$429

 

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

$100

$379

City

 

 

 

 

Atlanta, Ga.

$107

$317

 

Seattle, Wash.

$114

$344

 

Portland, Ore.

$101

$365

Mountain

 

 

 

 

Denver, Colo.

$105

$305

 

Lake Tahoe, Calif.

$113

$399

 

Colorado Springs, Colo.

$73

$403

 

 

 

 

  • College students record the lowest average budget of $684, a 28 percent decrease from last year.
  • A large percentage (35 percent) of college students still receive financial help from their parents to pay for spring break.
  • 93 percent of college students (and 90 percent of up-and-comers) would be willing to consider changing their destination if it meant saving money on spring break. 

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. 

 

Destination

Average Daily 
Hotel Rate

Average 
Airfare

Beach

 

 

 

 

Riviera Maya, Mexico

$126

$ 512

 

Phuket, Thailand

$104

$ 652

 

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

$110

$ 498

City

 

 

 

 

Las Vegas, Nev.

$175

$ 370

 

Tokyo, Japan

$156

$ 934

 

Chicago, Ill.

$175

$ 308

Mountain

 

 

 

 

Albuquerque, N.M.

$123

$ 440

 

Flagstaff, Ariz.

$153

$ 509

 

Bozeman, Mont.

$126

$ 554

 

 

 

 

  • The average budget of the up-and-comer is $995, a 14 percent decrease from 2016.
  • The majority (54 percent) of up-and-comers are splitting the cost of spring break with a significant other.
  • Spending time with family and friends, relaxation, and outdoor activities are the top priorities for up-and-comers.

FAMILY
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.

 

Destination

Average Daily 
Hotel Rate

Average 
Airfare

Beach

 

 

 

 

Panama City, Fla.

$193

$528

 

San Juan, Puerto Rico

$234

$457

 

Daytona Beach, Fla.

$187

$439

City

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles, Calif.

$211

$360

 

San Francisco, Calif.

$214

$359

 

Rome, Italy

$213

$710

Mountain

 

 

 

 

Grand Canyon, Ariz.

$210

$395

 

Salt Lake City, Utah

$109

$390

 

Yosemite National Park, Calif.

$185

$387

 

 

 

 

  • Families record the highest average budget of $1436, a 2 percent increase from last year. 
     
  • Nearly 80 percent of families avoid spring break destinations known to attract a college-age crowd.
     
  • The majority of families (55 percent) say they plan to drive to their spring break destinations this year.

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i Three Google Consumer Surveys conducted 01.26.17-01.30.17 “College students” defined as 768 Android smartphone users 18-24 years old; “Up-and-comers” defined as 753 Android smartphone users 25-34 years old; “Families” defined as 751 internet users 25-54 years old with children under 18 years old.
ii All hotel data is based on standalone hotels booked on Orbitz & CheapTickets between 12.01.17 – 02.07.17 for travel between 03.01.17 – 04.30.17
iii All flight data is based on standalone, round trip flights booked on Orbitz & CheapTickets between 12.01.17 – 02.07.17 for travel between 03.01.17 – 04.30.17
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