Believe it or not, Spring Break 2022 is here! As many (but not all) Americans with Spring Break plans have already made their travel arrangements, our friends at Allianz (with whom I have an annual travel insurance plan) decided to take a look at the data (4.1 million bookings) to see where American Spring Breakers will be traveling in the weeks ahead.
For starters, Allianz found, this year’s Spring Break travel season (February 18 to April 18) will be much busier than last year’s.
Travel is up by a staggering 134% from 2021’s number. The survey found that, for the sixth year in a row, Orlando remains the most popular domestic destination among Americans, perhaps fueled in part by Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary season. Four other favorite Florida cities also made the top 10 list including: Fort Lauderdale (#5), Miami (#7), Fort Myers (#8) and Tampa (#10). Access to beaches is always appealing, but big cities continue to draw visitors as evidenced by the exponential number of trips planned to major metro markets like New York City, which is up by nearly 600% over last year and Los Angeles, up by almost 300% over last year. New York and Los Angeles knocked perennial favorites Denver and Honolulu off of this year’s top 10 list.
Meanwhile, travel to international destinations is still facing entry restrictions. Demand is on the rise as airlines restore routes and travelers seek out genuine experiences following up to two years of virtual vacations and bucket list trip planning. Mexico holds the reins on the top three spots for the fourth consecutive year as the Spring Break favorite dominates with Cancun (#1), San Jose Del Cabo (#2), and Puerto Vallarta (#3) atop the Top 10 International list.
Growing consumer confidence and pent-up desire are spurring the global travel trend with island destinations from the Dominican Republic (#4) and across the Caribbean anticipating an influx of American visitors. Commemorative events surrounding the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee also helped return London (#10) to this year’s roster of international hot spots.
“Americans are planning their revenge travel trips for the 2022 Spring Break season as travel roars back into action,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications for Allianz Partners USA. “Our survey results validate the appeal of lively city adventures in New York City, beach and adventure in Florida and the southwest, while long-favored international locales like Mexico and the Caribbean are poised to welcome travelers longing for a memorable escape.”
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Are you traveling for Spring Break 2022?
Tell us where you’re headed in the comments below!
Disclaimer: Johnny Jet works as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receives financial compensation.
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