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February 20, 2019

CheapOair.com Reveals 2019's Hottest Spring Break Destinations for College-aged Travelers

With spring just around the corner, college-aged travelers are already planning their warm weather escapes for spring break. CheapOair® 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 destinations*.

Top 10 Most Popular Spring Destinations for College-Aged Travelers in 2019*

Domestic Destinations Average Airfare** International Destinations Average Airfare**
Orlando, Florida $291 Cancun, Mexico $434
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida $304 London, England $841
Los Angeles, California $268 Paris, France $669
Miami, Florida $354 Dublin, Ireland $596
Las Vegas, Nevada $281 Barcelona, Spain $542
Denver, Colorado $283 Bangkok, Thailand $797
Tampa, Florida $291 Amsterdam, Netherlands $674
San Juan, Puerto Rico $369 Zagreb, Croatia $520
Fort Myers, Florida $317 Mexico City, Mexico $372
Phoenix, Arizona $328 Madrid, Spain $620

"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 days*.

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.

*Based on passengers ages 18 – 25 booked for travel from 3/1/19 – 3/30/19.

**Based on average roundtrip airfare for tickets booked before 1/23/18 for travel 3/1/19 – 3/30/19. Average airfare rounded up to the nearest dollar.

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