With spring just around the corner, college-aged travelers are already planning their warm weather escapes for spring break. CheapOair®, an online travel agency and leading provider of cheap flights, has compared data and analyzed trends on new, up-and-coming destinations that travelers ages 18-25 years old are heading to this year.
While many are still traveling to popular spring break destinations, such as Mexico and Florida, booking data shows a significant increase in European destinations among travelers ages 18-25. England, France, Ireland, Spain, and Croatia are among the most popular destinations for international travel, while Florida, California, and Colorado are the top domestic destinations1.
Top 10 Most Popular Spring Destinations for College-Aged Travelers in 20191
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Los Angeles, California
Las Vegas, Nevada
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fort Myers, Florida
Mexico City, Mexico
“For spring break, travelers are still spending an average of 5-6 days in popular destinations such as Florida and Mexico,” said Tom Spagnola, Senior Vice President of Supplier Relations at CheapOair. “An overall trend we’re seeing with this age group is that they’re taking longer international trips of 10-12 days in destinations such as Spain and Netherlands, and up to 22 days in destinations such as Thailand.”
Exactly half of the top domestic destinations among spring breakers are within Florida as we see Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa, and Fort Myers topping the charts with roundtrip airfare averaging at $311 within the Sunshine State.
The beginning of March will be the busiest travel time among 18-25-year-old travelers as nearly 70% of them will be traveling before March 15th. Additionally, CheapOair found that these travelers are booking domestic airfare an average of 88 days ahead of their trip, while lead time for international travel is an average of 112 days1.
By consistently monitoring travel trends, CheapOair’s mission is to educate and aid consumers and travel professionals in both planning their travel accommodations and staying current on the most popular destinations.
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