It’s All About the Money: 200+ College Students on Their Spring Break Planning and Priorities

Spring Break is almost upon us, and while students have been counting down the days until the best week of the semester, we’ve been busy calculating the results of our Spring Break Survey!

We teamed up with FlipKey, a killer vacation rental site, and polled over 200 students on their plans and preferences for the break.

See the results below…

On booking…

40%  of students booked their trip less than a month before Spring Break, 46% booked 1-3 months in advance, and 13% booked over three months ahead of time.

95% of students did not use a travel company to book their trip. Of those who did, 51% discovered the company through social media.

On destination…

16% will be heading to Denver, 11% to Austin, 7%  to Cancun, 7% to South Padre Island, 6% to Miami Beach, 6% to Panama City Beach and  39% to other destinations.

On the length of their trip…

48%  will be vacationing for 3-5 days, while 34% will enjoy more than five.

On their group…

Students are traveling in small groups: 62% of poll participants said they’ll be traveling with 2-5 friends.

On accommodations…

42% of students will be booking a room/rooms at a hotel, while 17% will be renting a house, apartment or condo through an online service like FlipKey or Airbnb, and 11% will be renting without using an online service.

On transportation…

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51% will be driving to their destination, while 44% plan to fly.

On money…

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59% say price is the most important factor affecting their Spring Break trip decision (followed by where their friends are going, which came in at 23%).

32% will be spending $500 or more on their Spring Break trip.

74% say that money is the biggest issue and that if they weren’t taking a Spring Break trip this year, it would be because they couldn’t afford it.


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