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:
Havana good time.
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|
|Connecticut||Christchurch, New Zealand||210%|
|Washington, DC||Santiago, Chile||574%|
|Iowa||Cape Town, South Africa||282%|
|Kansas||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||928%|
|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%|
|Rhode Island||Belize City, Belize||336%|
|South Carolina||Tel Aviv, Israel||216%|
|South Dakota||Hilton Head, SC||419%|
|West Virginia||Havana, Cuba||156%|