Ahhh Spring Break, it brings back such pleasant and unpleasant memories for me. Even in college when I did Cancun and other places I was never a fan of big crowds, package tourism and vomit. However, I always had fun and in hindsight I wouldn’t have changed anything. Just recently, a review of Americans’ Spring Break travel plans by customers of Allianz Travel Insurance found that Orlando and Cancun top the list as this year’s most popular domestic and international destinations.
Allianz Global Assistance reviewed more than four million trips planned by its customers during the Spring Break season – February 24, 2017 through April 9, 2017 – for travel between five and eight days in length.
Domestically, the results showed that travelers are planning trips to Orlando (8.62 percent) followed in popularity by Las Vegas (5.29 percent), Phoenix (4.38 percent), Fort Lauderdale (4.13 percent), Los Angeles (4 percent), Fort Myers (3.94 percent), Denver (3.69 percent), Salt Lake City (3.35 percent), San Francisco (3.14 percent) and Tampa (3.04 percent).
Internationally, travelers are planning trips to Cancun, Mexico (16.73 percent) followed in popularity by Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (5.27 percent); San Juan, Puerto Rico (4.84 percent); Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (4.74 percent); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (4.41 percent); London, United Kingdom (3.95 percent); Montego Bay, Jamaica (3.16 percent); Aruba Island, Aruba (2.97 percent); Nassau, Bahamas (2.85 percent); and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (2.81 percent).
The findings also showed the most popular flight days for spring break travel in 2017. The busiest travel day with the most travelers (10 percent) for domestic and international trips is March 11, 2017.
“The review showed a good mix of beach, skiing and well-known destinations attracting Americans for spring break this year,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Our statistics showed that most people are traveling mid to late in the week. To avoid long lines at the airport and other inconveniences, we recommend booking travel for a Monday or Tuesday. With the surplus of travelers, it’s also important to check the box for travel insurance. The right policy can provide peace of mind with coverage and assistance for many unforeseen or unexpected events like covered trip cancelations and delays, lost, stolen or delayed luggage, medical emergencies and more.”
I agree with Dan and I have an annual policy from Allianz Travel Insurance to cover me in case of unforeseen events happening during my travels.
*Methodology: The data of U.S. travelers’ 2017 Spring Break plans was gathered by analyzing the number of customers that went through the online booking process of airfare and package paths for partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel insurance to generate itineraries for roundtrip flights from the U.S. during Spring Break season (2/24/2017 – 4/9/2017) for trips between five and eight days in length.
Disclaimer: I work as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receive financial compensation.