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2016 Spring Break set to be cheaper than last year

Couldn’t afford a Spring Break trip last year? Travelling to many popular destinations during the mid-term college break is set to be cheaper this year than in 2015, according to Expedia, meaning anyone who missed out on the party in the past may be able to find a more affordable last-minute trip this year.

What to pack to bring to Cancun was one of the top travel Google searches in the US in 2015.
What to pack to bring to Cancun was one of the top travel Google searches in the US in 2015. Image by dronepicr / CC BY 2.0

The travel-booking site released its analysis of Spring Break trends, which showed that the average air ticket prices to popular Spring Break destinations are down from last year. Expedia considers the holiday season as falling between 11 March and 10 April, adding that cheaper prices are good news to anyone trying to book a last-minute trip. “There are any number of factors that impact Spring Break pricing – the price of oil, demand, weather, you name it,” said Expedia travel expert Sarah Gavin in a press release. “The good news is that all of these factors, collectively, seem to be pushing prices down”.

In the US, four of the five most popular Spring Break destinations are in Florida. Flight prices to Orlando and Miami are down 14%, while prices to Fort Lauderdale are down 17% and down 9% to Tampa.

International flights are also generally cheaper than last year. Flights to Cancun, Mexico are down 14% and down 15% to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hotel costs are also down in some popular vacation spots, such as in Aruba, where the cost of accommodation is down more than 10%.

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