Spring breakers are ready to flock to warmer destinations this month and next, and some will be spending more on their vacations than they did last year, according to recent travel booking data.
Five of the top 10 most-popular spring break destinations are in Mexico and the Dominican Republic and five are in relatively warm-weather climates in the United States, according to Orbitz.com hotel booking data for trips between March 15 and April 30. New York is the only spring break destination in the top 10 located in the Northeast.
"Overall, hotel rates are up about 6 percent over the spring break period. However, Las Vegas is our most popular destination this year, with the most affordable hotel rate of about $115 a night," said Marita Hudson Thomas, an Orbitz.com spokeswoman. Hotels in Orlando, Fla., a popular family destination, are also affordable, at about $125 a night.
Hotel rates are higher at the Mexico destinations, which include Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Vallarta, but airfares to those destinations are actually flat to lower compared to last year, according to Orbitz data.
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While many spring break travelers booking through Orbitz.com plan to spend some time at the beach, they aren't necessarily planning to beach bums.
According to a survey conducted by the site, travelers are seeking new experiences during their vacations. In particular, they're planning aquatic activities like swimming with dolphins and cultural and educational activities like going on tours and learning about the history of the region they're visiting, Orbitz reports.