Tips and Trends

Province-by-Province: The Hottest March Break Destinations

State by State: The Hottest Spring Break Destinations

KAYAK + The Momondo Group

When to Book Flights on KAYAK?

10 Reasons Why You May Actually Be a “Cruise Person”

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Von Andrea  Charriez

Von Andrea  Charriez

Von KAYAK  

Von Andrea  Charriez

Tips and Trends

Province-by-Province: The Hottest March Break Destinations

State by State: The Hottest Spring Break Destinations

KAYAK + The Momondo Group

When to Book Flights on KAYAK?

10 Reasons Why You May Actually Be a “Cruise Person”

Von KAYAK



Spring is coming (or as Canadians call it, Winter Lite™). When long, dark days get overwhelming, now is the perfect time to plan a getaway. So, we wanted to find out: what destinations are seeing a new spike in interest for March Break travel? From the coasts of Nova Scotia to British Columbia’s frosty north, we found the trending destinations Canadian travellers are searching.

Need inspiration for your March Break trip? Features like our Explore tool will show you how far you can go on your budget (you can also plug in your specific travel dates to further customize the results). Or, set up a Price Alert for our Top 25 Cities for “upcoming weekends” to know when prices change and catch a great deal on the fly. Travel Problem Solved.

Province* #1 Trending Destination % Growth in Searches
Ontario Havana, Cuba 816%
Quebec Cancun, Mexico 92%
Nova Scotia San Juan, PR 149%
New Brunswick Los Angeles, CA 80%
Manitoba San Jose, CR 112%
British Columbia Maui, HI 233%
Prince Edward Island Fort Lauderdale, FL 77%
Saskatchewan Honolulu, HI 144%
Alberta Auckland, NZ 203%
Newfoundland and Labrador Toronto, ON 5%

 

* Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough data to represent our friends in Yukon, Nunavut or the Northwest Territories.
Methodology: Considered flight searches conducted on the CA locale for travel between 03/04/2017 and 04/17/2017 and compared to the year prior to see which destinations were seeing the biggest increase in search. Compared to flight searches conducted on the US locale for travel between 03/04/2016 through 04/17/2016. Filtered searches by IP address to identify which state searches were conducted in. Only considered destination results with at least 50 clicks in both 2016 and 2017. For provinces with lower click counts, we reduced the click threshold.

 

Long ago, someone looked at winter’s transition to spring and thought, “Yeah, this is a good excuse for a vacation.” Alternative facts aside, we know that travel tastes are constantly changing. So, we wanted to find out: what destinations are seeing a new spike in interest for Spring Break travel for 2017? Whether you’re grabbing your passport or staying closer to home, see what’s trending for travelers in your state.

Key takeaways from our discoveries:

 

  • Prepare for lei puns.

    Maui topped our Travel Hacker Guide as the year’s top beach destination. That trend continues with 21 states in the Union seeing triple digit increases in interest to this island city. If you want to wait out the Break crowds, we found the lowest airfare and hotel rates in April.

 

  • Looking to travel the world.

    Dubai. Helsinki. Cape Town. Taipei. These are just a few of the far-flung destinations that Spring Breakers are searching. States like South Carolina, Vermont, Connecticut and Wyoming are looking to travel as many miles as possible, picking destinations like Tel Aviv, Lisbon, Christchurch and Glasgow, respectively.

 

  • Visiting neighbors to the South.

    Other states are still exercising their passports but keeping it closer to home. Travelers from Arkansas saw a 154% in interest to Managua, Nicaragua, while Spring Breakers from DC, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have their eyes on Santiago, Chile.

 

  • The new American Spring Break spots?

    Several states are keeping it continental by sticking with Spring Break spots in the contiguous United States. South Dakotans are hoping Hilton Head, SC will give them a beachy break. Nevadans are looking to let loose Texas-style in Corpus Christi. With a 90% increase in searches, Delaware has a lot of love for Reno.

 

Need inspiration for your Spring Break trip? Features like our Explore tool will show you how far you can go on your budget (you can also plug in your specific travel dates to further customize the results). Or, set up a Price Alert for our Top 25 Cities for “upcoming weekends” to know when prices change and catch a great deal on the fly. Travel Problem Solved.

 

State #1 Trending Destination % Growth in Searches
Alabama Maui, HI 325%
Alaska Barcelona, Spain 154%
Arizona Maui, HI 274%
Arkansas Managua, Nicaragua 154%
California Maui, HI 301%
Colorado Helsinki, Finland 453%
Connecticut Christchurch, New Zealand    210%
Washington, DC    Santiago, Chile 574%
Delaware Reno, NV 90%
Florida Havana, Cuba 217%
Georgia Maui, HI 522%
Hawaii Taipei, Taiwan 153%
Idaho Rome, Italy 195%
Illinois Maui, HI 271%
Indiana Maui, HI 354%
Iowa Cape Town, South Africa 282%
Kansas Dubai, United Arab Emirates 928%
Kentucky Havana, Cuba 224%
Louisiana Havana, Cuba 170%
Maine Maui, HI 295%
Maryland Maui, HI 398%
Massachusetts Maui, HI 257%
Michigan Maui, HI 305%
Minnesota Havana, Cuba 281%
Mississippi Maui, HI 317%
Missouri Havana, Cuba 342%
Montana Maui, HI 355%
Nebraska Maui, HI 267%
Nevada Corpus Christi, TX 422%
New Hampshire Glasgow, Scotland 388%
New Jersey Havana, Cuba 190%
New Mexico Maui, HI 352%
New York Maui, HI 388%
North Carolina Santiago, Chile 407%
North Dakota Paris, France 262%
Ohio Maui, HI 347%
Oklahoma Havana, Cuba 249%
Oregon Maui, HI 333%
Pennsylvania Santiago, Chile 309%
Rhode Island Belize City, Belize 336%
South Carolina Tel Aviv, Israel 216%
South Dakota Hilton Head, SC 419%
Tennessee Maui, HI 288%
Texas Havana, Cuba 239%
Utah Havana, Cuba 250%
Vermont Lisbon, Portugal 207%
Virginia Maui, HI 614%
Washington Maui, HI 482%
West Virginia Havana, Cuba 156%
Wisconsin Maui, HI 411%
Wyoming Glasgow, Scotland 245%

 

Methodology: Considered flight searches conducted on the US locale between 2016/06/17 – 2017/01/17 for travel between 03/04/2017 and 04/17/2017 and compared to the year prior (03/04/2016 through 04/17/2016) to see which destinations were seeing the biggest increase in search. Filtered searches by IP address to identify which state searches were conducted in. Only considered destination results with at least 50 clicks in both 2016 and 2017.

Today, it was announced that The Priceline Group is acquiring the Momondo Group and that KAYAK will assume leadership of the momondo and Cheapflights entities.

This is great news for users of all three brands.  We have a lot in common, including a shared mission of making online travel better and a product-first mentality.  Over the coming months, you’ll see many improvements as our teams share features, insights and key learnings.

This deal will help further our expansion efforts in Europe and ultimately, bring KAYAK’s brands to even more travelers around the world.

We’re excited to welcome the Momondo Group to the family.

We get it. Planning a trip can be confusing especially when it seems like there’s no rhyme or reason to flight prices. While we can’t say exactly when you should book that dream trip to Acapulco, we can give you general guidelines about how to hack into finding the best fares for your flight.

5 Tips for Finding Lower Fares:

  1. Plan ahead: Generally speaking, the more time you have to plan, the better chance there is that you’ll find a deal. At the very least, try to book 21 days before travel.
  2. SMTWTFS?: For domestic flights, flying out on Saturday is cheaper (but not so much for international). Likewise, mid-week travel (Tuesday or Wednesday) is usually less than Monday or Thursday/Friday. Be sure to search using Flexible Dates on KAYAK to see if you can uncover a better deal if you leave a day or two ahead or behind schedule.
  3. All about timing: The key to getting the lowest fare is to fly when others are not. Off season travel, red-eye flights and the like will generally bring you cheaper fares.
  4. The power of choice: Because we search hundreds of travel sites at once, we let you compare different airlines and booking partners to find the best option for you. That way, you can see if it’s a better deal to book with an online travel agency or go directly through the airline.
  5. Try your alternates: When searching flights, select “Include nearby airports” to see if flying in or out of a smaller regional airport can actually help you save.

Other tools to use:

Travel Hacker Guide: Find out when to book travel to our top destinations. Each year, we comb through over a billion annual searches to pinpoint those cities that are trending for travelers. We track median airfare, hotel rates and more, and let you know what to expect month-by-month as well as give our recommendations on how far in advance you should book travel.

When to Book Guide: See general guidelines for how far ahead you should plan your trip. You can also use our tool to personalize these recommendations — and see other factors like high and low season stats — based on your home airport and destination.

Travel Hacker Blog: From major holidays to popular destinations, stay up to date on what our data is saying about booking sweet spots.

 

There’s no exact science on when you should book a flight on KAYAK. But by combining our tools with the power to search and compare hundreds of other sites at once, you’ve already got a head start.

How many times have you heard “I’m not a cruise person.” Maybe you even think that about yourself. We’re here to tell you: back up that truck because now that KAYAK searches cruises, we have 10 reasons why you should consider a cruise for your next vacation.

  1. Vacation for a steal.

    With proper planning, you can find a great cruise deal for a few hundred dollars and visit cities you may not have ventured to otherwise. 

  2. Wear your bathrobe all day. Shamelessly.

    Where else is it socially acceptable to wear a bathrobe in public, while piling your dish full of macaroni and cheese?  Coziness for days.

  3. Travel the world without leaving your bed.

    We mean, really. You go to bed, you’re in Italy. You wake up, you’re in Greece. Whether you set sail on the Mediterranean or the Indian Ocean, only a cruise lets you go to bed in one land and wake up in another.

  4. It’s more than just the Caribbean.

    Consider a European River Cruise on the Rhine or an adventure cruise in Alaska. You can take a New England cruise and soak in some history for the weekend or a 2-week South American cruise and learn about new cultures. Wherever you want to travel, use our filters to search by region and duration to find the cruise right for you.

  5. Get outside (and off the boat).

    There’s this misconception that a cruise means you’re trapped on a boat all day. Well, considering the boat can come with waterslides, rock climbing walls, zip lines and wave pools… we really don’t see the problem. Plus, there are tons of awesome excursions you can book — like surf lessons and city tours — for your docked days.

  6. Learn new tricks.

    Many cruises offer classes on board for things like cooking, filmmaking and ice carving. Go get some knowledge.

  7. Put your vacation on autopilot.

    Honestly, when else in your life is absolutely everything taken care of for you? No wondering where you should eat that night or how you’re going to get around the city the next day. From booking activities to refilling your drinks, everything is taken care of, all you have to do is enjoy it.

  8. Get the steak WITH the lobster.

    One thing people tend to forget about cruises is that the Food. Is. Really. Good. Professional chefs craft your dinner every night, while you dress up, sit down and enjoy with drink in hand. Not into formal dining? A constant stream of freshly made dishes can be found 24/7 on deck and enjoyed in just your swimsuit.

  9. Dance the Macarena with 3,000 of your closest friends.

    You look ridiculous and that’s the whole point. And while, yes, there’s plenty of the Electric Slide to go around, most instructors are trained professionals. So you can learn to salsa, foxtrot or even Charleston your way through the week.

  10. There’s a cruise for everyone.

    Not into tanning all day? A Scandinavian cruise could be your speed. Want to travel the world? There are 30+ day cruises that take you around the globe. Only have a weekend to spare? Filter your search for ports closer to home and choose a 1- or 2-night option.

Whether you’re drawn to the 24-hour ice cream stand or the adventure of covering 3,000 miles of ocean in a matter of days, there’s a cruise for you. Plan your next (or first) cruise on KAYAK.