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5 Travel Tips to Avoid Spring Break Revelers
With hordes of college students heading off on Spring Break between now and mid-April, Lets Fly Cheaper (LFC) has some planning advice for travelers who prefer not to share their airspace with the under-21 party hearty set. The low fares specialist offers five common-sense tips travelers can follow to avoid the unbridled student throngs and get to their destination in peace:
February 25, 2012 – Lets Fly Cheaper offers travelers five easy tips to avoid Spring Break revelers for those who prefer a more businesslike or family atmosphere
1. Fly business class or first class. The single best way to avoid contact with traveling students is with a physical divider. College students, especially those on package tours, fly economy class. The upcoming weeks — from the end of February through the beginning of April — are an ideal time to “spring” for an upgrade. Finding business class flights can be very time-consuming, but companies like Lets Fly Cheaper can make your search easier.
2. Fly midweek. The best flying days are always Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Official Spring Break schedules run Monday through Friday. In general, students will try to fly into their Spring Break destination on a Thursday or a Friday. Schedule permitting, it’s wise to travel in the middle of the week.
3. Fly early or late. The best time to fly -– always — is early in the morning or late at night. Seasoned business travelers routinely take the earliest flight of the day. The red-eye is another good option, and not necessarily just for long flights. The same advice LFC offers travelers year-round holds true for Spring Break: Go for the off-peak flights to avoid the crowds.
4. Know the schedule. By this LFC means know the local students’ Spring Break schedule and plan around it. The good news: By the time this gets published, 233,000+ students will have already “broken” for 2012. In the next six weeks, some 4.7 million students will be released from their American and Canadian universities. Of course they will not all be traveling to the same destination at the same time. Their breaks occur in waves. However, the per-week volume of students being unleashed is significant:
2012 Spring Break Week:
- February 27-March 2: 250,173 Enrolled Students
- March 5-9: 1,627,713 Enrolled Students
- March 12-16: 994,355 Enrolled Students
- March 19-23: 1,269,073 Enrolled Students
- March 26-30: 494,638 Enrolled Students
- April 2-6: 102,224 Enrolled Students
Those interested in checking the break schedule for the universities in their hometown and/or destination city can find this information at tripsmarter.com. By knowing which colleges are letting students out which week, business (and other) travelers can steer clear of the most congested weeks –- or at least know up front that they may rub elbows with a horde of horny students along their route.
5. Avoid Spring Break cities. “Our final tip is somewhat counterintuitive: If you don’t want to be around lots of wild college students, don’t go to their party,” notes Ramon van Meer, Lets Fly Cheaper marketing director. “Most people know that Florida and Mexico cities historically attract the most Spring Break action. They may be in for an unwelcome surprise if their March or April travels take them to any of these top 2012 Spring Break destinations” says van Meer.
Top 2012 Spring Break Destinations for Student:
- Cancun, Mexico
- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- Acapulco, Mexico
- Panama City, Florida
- Daytona Beach, Florida
- Miami, Florida
- Nassau, Bahamas
- Negril, Jamaica
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- South Padre Island, Texas
- Las Vegas, Nevada
These resort cities are not high on most business travelers’ lists. But other travelers, including families with school-aged children who are also on break, may well be heading to the same beaches. As much as Lets Fly Cheaper loves college students –- and our “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” free ticket giveaway is testament to that fact –- we offer these Spring Break travel tips to anyone looking for a less than R-rated flight experience,” concludes van Meer.
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