Spring Break 2010 preparations are already underway. College students across the country are getting together to vote on and/or discuss where they want to go. This includes fraternities, sororities, and smaller groups at various universities across the U.S. and abroad.
Spring Break 2010 is shaping up to be the biggest ever according to many college spring break travel agencies across the country. According to Island Travel Promotions, one of the largest student tour operators in the U.S, almost 25% of the hotels included with their spring break packages have already been booked out as of July 27th, 2009. This is largely due to the fact that fraternities and sororities often book 150 or more people for the same week. Transportation to the destinations are also starting to fill up since the students are typically booking a cruise/hotel or flight/hotel package all at one time.
Back in the 80’s and early 90’s most students would plan and book their spring break trip in late January. Those days are over. College students now realize that if they want the best hotels and locations, they must book very early. Also, fraternities and sororities realize that if they want to put 150 – 350 people at the same hotel…they must book 9 to 12 months in advance each year.
A Bahamas cruise and hotel package can often cost the same as a Panama City or Daytona Beach trip. The rising rates at hotels in Florida and current gas prices has caused most college students to consider other options. A cruise is often more fun than flying and much cheaper. The party starts when you board the ship when cruising. The party starts when you check in at the hotel if you choose a flight package. Also, cruising offers so much more. Many ships have a casino, shops, pools, a stage show, dance clubs, and more.
The Bahamas been the spring break destination of choice for the past three years. Price has become the main factor for most students and The Bahamas gives them the biggest bang for their buck. Parents love it because it’s just off the coast of Florida. College students love it because it’s the cheapest way to experience a tropical island destination. The water is gorgeous, the sand is white, and the weather is perfect all year long.
Many spring break travel agencies offer incentives for booking early. This can include a reduced rate, free summer trips, and special group incentive programs that reward you if you book a minimum number of people.
All-inclusive vacations are popular among college students. Most students don’t want to worry about how much spending money they will need for food, drinks, and activities. When you are browsing through the different packages, look for an « all-inclusive option ». Please keep in mind that these packages will seem more costly but will often save you money in the long run.
Early planning and preparation is the key when it comes to booking spring break trips. Do your research and find the best package for you and your friends.