You, like your Tinder account, are in spring break mode. These precious weeks from early March through roughly mid-April, are designed for a number of things, depending on your age or demographic: Escaping the last gasp of wintry cold, relaxing with friends and family, and blowing your tax return on a trip abroad.
The most ideal spring break destinations tend to be places where you can a) party if you so choose and b) travel to at reduced cost. In the center of that Venn diagram are the 10 cities below -- most of them here in the US, but a few abroad that are worthy of your consideration, if you have the time for extended travel. To help us narrow down the top 10, we pulled some data from the folks at Hipmunk and Hopper, two of our favorite sites for finding cheap airfare.
When you should book spring break travel
Booking last-minute is always more expensive. According to Hopper, a travel site that analyzes flight data to score the cheapest flights, high-demand periods like spring break’s March-April stretch can be nearly 40% more expensive. If you’re traveling within the US, look for flights departing on a Tuesday -- the cheapest day for tickets, followed by Wednesday. Friday is the worst option for traveling, with prices averaging 19% higher for flights departing that day.
If you’re traveling internationally, you’ll probably find the cheapest flights looking for those departing on Wednesday, followed by Tuesday and Thursday. Friday remains bad. The end of March is the most expensive time to fly -- shifting your trip a bit closer to either mid-March or early April will help you save.