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Your Guide to the Ultimate Spring Break

By KAYAK

That light at the end of the winter tunnel? It’s Spring Break. Maybe it’s been a while since you took a trip (hello, post-holiday budgeting) or perhaps you’re just looking for an excuse to escape the cold. We’ve crunched the numbers on 2018’s hottest Spring Break destinations, as well as the most popular and top deal destinations for this time of year. Consider this your mini-guide to help you confidently plan your next break.

Top Trending International Spring Break Destinations

These international destinations are seeing the biggest increase in searches for Spring Break travel.

  1. Nagoya, Japan: Searches up 144%
  2. Lyon, France: Searches up 141%
  3. Santorini, Greece: Searchest up 140%
  4. Angeles City, Philippines: Searches up 93%
  5. Valencia, Spain: Searches up 82%
  6. Osaka, Japan: Searches up 81%
  7. Porto, Portugal: Searchest up 80%
  8. Hamburg, Germany: Searches up 77%
  9. Marseille, France: Searches up 74%
  10. Nice, France: Searches up 70%

Top Trending Domestic Spring Break Destinations

These US destinations are seeing the biggest increase in searches for Spring Break travel.

  1. Colorado Springs, Colorado: Searches up 21%
  2. Kahului, Hawaii: Searches up 19%
  3. Flagstaff, Arizona: Searches up 14%
  4. Destin, Florida: Searches up 12%
  5. San Jose, California: Searches up 11%
  6. Asheville, North Carolina: Searches up 11%
  7. Punta Gorda, Florida: Searches up 9%
  8. Tampa/Saint Petersburg, Florida: Searches up 9%
  9. Panama City, Florida: Searches up 7%
  10. Valparaiso, Florida: Searches up 7%

Most Popular Spring Break Destinations

These are our most-searched-for destinations for Spring Break travel.

  1. Orlando
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Miami
  5. New York
  6. Cancun
  7. Phoenix
  8. London
  9. Fort Lauderdale
  10. Honolulu

Top International Deal Destinations

These destinations are seeing the biggest drop in airfare when compared to last year.

  1. Melbourne, Australia: Flight prices down 25%, median airfare $865
  2. Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago: Down 20%, median airfare $430
  3. Osaka, Japan: Down 19%, median airfare $631
  4. Sevilla, Spain: Down 16%, median airfare $633
  5. Shannon, Ireland: Down 16%, median airfare $605
  6. Nagoya, Japan: Down 16%, median airfare $697
  7. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos: Down 14%, median airfare $420
  8. Saint Thomas, USVI: Down 14%, median airfare $461
  9. Marsh Harbor, Bahamas: Down 13%, median airfare $547
  10. Calgary, Canada: Down 13%; median airfare is $313

Top International Deal Destinations for Under $500

  1. Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago: Flight prices down 20%, median airfare $430
  2. Providenciales, Turks and CaicosDown 14%, median airfare $420  
  3. Saint Thomas, USVI: Down 14%, median airfare $461
  4. Calgary, Canada: Down 13%, median airfare $313
  5. Monterrey, Mexico: Down 12%, median airfare $322
  6. Aguadilla, Puerto Rico: Down 10%, median airfare $248
  7. Reykjavik, Iceland: Down 7%, median airfare $458
  8. Hamilton, Bermuda: Down 5%, median airfare $343
  9. Vancouver, Canada: Down 4%, median airfare is $323
  10. Oaxaca, Mexico: Down 2%, median airfare is $403

Top Domestic Deal Destinations for Under $500

  1. Key West, Florida: Down 13%, median airfare $421
  2. Asheville, North Carolina: Down 12, median airfare $336
  3. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Down 12%, median airfare $385
  4. San Jose, California: Down 12%, median airfare $291
  5. Las Vegas, Nevada: Down 12%, median airfare $238
  6. New Orleans, Louisiana: Down 11%, median airfare $296
  7. Austin, Texas: Down 10%, median airfare $294
  8. Knoxville, Tennessee: Down 10%, median airfare $350
  9. San Diego, California: Down 9%, median airfare $316
  10. San Francisco, California: Down 9%, median airfare $315

We also tracked trending Spring Break destinations state-by-state. Take a look at what insights we have from where travelers are headed. Looking for more inspiration? Our 2018 Travel Hacker Guide has the answers to your “where should I go?” questions.

 

Methodology

We considered searches conducted on the US KAYAK site during the last six months (October 9, 2017 through January 9, 2018) for spring break travel (February 24, 2018 through April 21, 2018). To compare year over year search findings, we looked at searches on the US KAYAK site between February 24, 2017 through April 21, 2017. All searches were pulled from KAYAK’s internal database.

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