If you’re itching for a spring break getaway, stand in line because so is everyone else! Experts predict that this spring break—typically from late February to late March—will be even busier than 2019 (pre-pandemic).
Essentially, this won’t be a typical spring break travel season. Not by a long shot.
Passport and TSA wait times are down, but there are lots of other uncertainties. The recent system meltdowns with Southwest Airlines and the FAA has cast a shadow of concern. Inflation, a soft economy, and a recent uptick in mass shootings also worry domestic travelers.
Here’s everything you need to know before you book your spring break trip this year.
When it comes to popular spring break destinations, it’s all about the warm weather this year. Priceline’s top three most popular domestic destinations are:
Warning: Fodor’s Travel put Maui on the ‘don’t go’ list due to overcrowding and water depletion.
Some new trends in travel focus on outdoor activities like camping and ‘closecations’ (traveling close to home) to stay on budget.
Airline prices are still high and generally outpacing inflation due to the following:
Pro tip: domestic flights are high, but international flights aren’t as high, so 2023 may become the year of international spring break trips.
According to The Points Guy, here are the most affordable international spring break destinations in 2023 (shown in no particular order below):
And one more list: The Discoverer Blog published a recent list of the 5 most affordable ski resorts in the US.
That’s a long list of cold- and warm-weather locations to excite travelers! But do check out the travel strike news so you can plan ahead.
In addition to adding international locations to your destination list, some of the best advice for saving money on a spring break trip this year includes:
Check out our tips for insuring domestic trips versus international travel.
Finally, wherever you decide to go this year, have a great spring break trip!
Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and is a licensed agent for travel insurance (MA 1883287). He believes travel insurance should be easier to understand, and started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.