Right now, most of us are in a spring break frame of mind. These precious weeks from early March through 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.
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 our top 10, we pulled some data from the folks at TripIt 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, which analyzes historical flight data to score the cheapest airfare, high-demand periods like spring break’s March-April stretch can be nearly 40% more expensive. Ideally, you'd be looking at least 90 days in advance, but we're guessing you didn't do that, since you're reading this (at the very least, this is good advice for next year, and you can still find deals now). 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.