Winter isn’t coming — winter is here. If you’ve been daydreaming about a spring getaway, our Travel Advisors JoAnna Gonseth and Andrea Keiderling-Fehl have the best spring break trip tips to satiate your wanderlust!
They’ve got the insider track from how to book the right trip for you to where to go, whether you’re jetting away on the fly or want to plan the perfect trip with your entourage for next spring.
What makes a great spring break destination?
JoAnna: “When I think of Spring Break I think sun, sand, and clear water. Spring Break falls in a time of year that is typically cold for most areas around the United States, so it is a perfect time to head to a tropical oasis with warm water and amazing beaches.”
Andrea: “I think what makes a great spring break destination is what gives the travelers what they want as a departure from the reality they have been living in during the winter months and to kick off their spring transition. Not all travelers are looking for the sun and the sand.
Some travelers are just requesting a change of environment to a new destination or experience. I would have to say, though, that after a polar vortex an easy, 86-degree average on a beach with a frozen fruit drink in your hand is what the majority of the travel requests suggest.”
What are some off-the-beaten-path spots that may not be crawling with other spring breakers?
JoAnna: “Typically all of the major sun and sand destinations will have an increase in travelers including the traditional young Spring Breakers; not to omit the families and teachers that will also be traveling for their break at that time. Optional destinations that will work for a unique Spring Break experience would be touring a major city, a spa destination like Arizona, or exploring Southern California. These seem to be popular demands when travelers are looking for something more than the typical Mexico, Caribbean, or Florida.”
Andrea: “The areas of Sanibel and Captiva Islands are low key, local spots great for a getaway. European cities such as Paris, Brussels, and Athens are great spots that are not during their peak tourist travel seasons and are great values during Spring Break.”
What are your top 3 tips for planning a spring break getaway?
JoAnna: “Plan ahead so you do not risk the high pricing of a last minute Spring Break trip. (Look for) quality over price as many destinations will advertise very inexpensive vacations but may not be up to standards as typically the prices rise at recommended properties. Choose a close destination, you don’t want to spend too much time traveling versus enjoying your vacation.”
Andrea: “Plan early for availability reasons, being mindful of the busy travel time which causes congestion, and look for value.”
Is a cruise a good idea for a spring break trip? Why or why not?
JoAnna: “Spring Break is typically a week long, so time is limited making your destination choice important. A cruise shorter than 7 days could work as this would give enough time to arrive a day early to avoid any missed cruise departures. A standard 7-day cruise would be very hard to fit in a scheduled Spring Break week.”
Andrea: “I think they are a good idea for the right traveler. A cruise has its own vacation schedule and itinerary for you to follow but a great experience to enjoy multiple destinations on one vacation for one price.”
Wherever you’re going, we’ll be there to help. Learn more about JoAnna, Andrea or any of our advisors and contact them today to start planning your trip — whether you’re looking for sun and surf or something else. Adventure awaits!