Explore the wonders of the world this spring break!

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Spring break is more than just a week off from studies and work—it's a globally celebrated time of rejuvenation, adventure, and unforgettable experiences. It also is Easter holiday time for most people! Whether you're a college student looking for the ultimate party spot, a family seeking a mix of relaxation and educational experiences or even a romantic at heart, the world is full of destinations waiting to be explored. Here, we dive into the best spring break destinations tailored for every type of traveler seeking an adventure on a budget!

Planning your spring break

Start by choosing a destination that aligns with your interests and budget. Early planning is crucial—book flights and accommodations months in advance to lock in the best prices. Consider travel insurance for international trips to cover unexpected events. Packing smart can save you from overage fees, so research your destination's climate and activities to bring just what you need. Here’s what we suggest!

Cancun for college students

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Cancun offers an unparalleled spring break experience with its all-inclusive resorts, beachfront parties, and snorkeling adventures in the Riviera Maya. Nightlife thrives in clubs like Coco Bongo and The City, where students can dance the night (and day) away. Day trips to ancient Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza or the crystal-clear cenotes provide a perfect balance of relaxation and exploration.

    Perfect if you’re in: Mexico, the United States, and Latin America.
    Skip if you’re in: Asia or Australia, due to long travel time.

Orlando for families

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Orlando is a wonderland for families, home to iconic theme parks such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Beyond the rides, the Kennedy Space Center offers educational fun, and nearby natural parks like the Everglades present opportunities for airboat tours and wildlife spotting. Accommodations range from luxury resorts to cozy vacation rentals, ensuring comfort for the whole family.

    Perfect if you’re in: the United States, Mexico, Canada.
    Skip if you’re in: Australia or further East.

Miami for party seekers

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Miami is a vibrant city known for its stunning beaches, art deco architecture, and pulsating nightlife. South Beach is the place to be for those looking to party, with iconic clubs and bars lining Ocean Drive. By day, relax on the sandy beaches or explore the Wynwood Walls' street art. Miami also serves as a gateway to the Florida Keys, perfect for a quick road trip.

    Perfect if you’re in: the United States, Canada, or Latin America.
    Skip if you’re in: Asia or Australia, due to the long travel time.

Tokyo for culture enthusiasts

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Tokyo offers you a unique blend of traditional and modern, with its ancient temples and skyscrapers. Spring is particularly special with the cherry blossoms in full bloom. Dive into the culture by visiting the historic Asakusa district, exploring the bustling streets of Shibuya, and tasting authentic Japanese cuisine at a local izakaya.

  • Perfect if you are in: Asia, particularly East Asia or Southeast Asia.
  • Skip if you are in: South America or Africa, where the journey could be too lengthy for a short break.
  • Spring in Tokyo brings with it some unmissable events such as Meiji Jingu Grand Spring Festival (a week long traditional event in honor of the Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken) and Kanamara Penis Festival (to honor god Kanayama-hiko and the goddess Kanayama-hime to bring fertility and good fortune to married couples).
  • If you’re in the mood for an outdoor picnic, attend a hanami party - picnic beneath the sakura. Pack a basket of sandwiches, strawberries, and champagne, pick a spot, and enjoy an evening out under the blooming cherry blossoms.

Paris for romantics

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Paris in spring is the epitome of romance, with its charming streets, beautiful gardens, and iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Seine, explore art at the Louvre, and indulge in French pastries at a quaint café. The Montmartre district offers stunning city views and a glimpse into the lives of famous artists.

  • Perfect if you are in: Europe or the UK, where flights are shorter and often direct.
  • Skip if you are in: Oceania, as the distance makes a short trip less feasible.
  • Paris in spring is also marked by blooming cherry blossoms, scattered across the city in a pretty pink. If your Spring Break travel is with family (and kids), Paris has plentiful options to keep the kids entertained – the outdoor gardens are a great place. From Promenade Plantée to Luxembourg Gardens, you can organize a picnic, bring a book, go boating (in Bois de Vincennes), and be a part of the community.
  • If you’re in Paris with friends, explore the cafe culture, enjoy a glass of rosé atop a terrace, explore street and food markets, and enjoy free street entertainment!

Bali for adventure seekers

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Bali is an island paradise that attracts those looking for adventure amidst natural beauty. Surf the waves at Kuta, dive with manta rays in Nusa Penida, or hike up Mount Batur for sunrise. The island's spiritual vibe is palpable in Ubud, known for its yoga retreats, rice terraces, and monkey forest.

  • Perfect if you are in: Australia, Asia, or Southeast Asia, with more accessible flight options.
  • Skip if you are in: North America or Europe, unless you're willing to endure a long flight for a brief holiday.
  • Bali is great for college students on spring break because it’s an affordable destination (except for the airfare prices which can cost you a BOMB, unless you’re in Australia, Asia, or Southeast Asia).

Amsterdam for history buffs

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Amsterdam is captivating in spring, with tulips blooming across the city. Explore the historic canals by bike or boat, visit the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum, and enjoy the vibrant café culture. The Keukenhof Gardens, just outside the city, are a must-visit for flower enthusiasts.

  • Perfect if you are in: Europe, given the city's accessibility through various modes of transport.
  • Skip if you are in: Asia or the Pacific, where the travel time could eat into much of your holiday period.
  • Spring break in Amsterdam is great for college students because of the Spring Break Festival (April 7-11, 2024) – explore by day and party by night! The 5-day festival included day parties, boat parties, club nights, pub crawls and lots more, turning the city of tulips into a massive festival experience.

Rio de Janeiro for carnival lovers

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While famous for its Carnival, Rio de Janeiro is a fantastic Spring Break destination with its stunning beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema, dramatic landscapes, and lively samba clubs. Hike up to the Christ the Redeemer statue for panoramic city views, and don't miss the sunset from Sugarloaf Mountain.

  • Perfect if you are in: South America or Central America, with relatively short flights.
  • Skip if you are in: Asia or the Middle East, due to the extensive travel time required.
  • With Carnival season over in Rio de Janeiro, spring break is better suited if your budget is not tight because Easter week is a major holiday and prices skyrocket.

Las Vegas for entertainment seekers

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Las Vegas is the ultimate Spring Break destination for college students seeking entertainment, with its dazzling array of parties, concerts, and casinos. The Strip is alive 24/7, offering everything from luxury shopping to gourmet dining experiences. Day trips to the Grand Canyon or Hoover Dam offer a break from the city's hustle and bustle.

  • Perfect if you are in: North America, especially the United States and Canada.
  • Skip if you are in: Europe and Asia, unless you're okay with spending a considerable amount of your break traveling.

Santorini for sunset chasers

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Santorini, with its iconic white buildings and blue-domed churches, offers breathtaking sunsets and incredible views of the Aegean Sea. Relax on unique beaches, explore ancient ruins, and enjoy Greek cuisine at a cliffside restaurant. The island's serene beauty makes it a perfect spot for a relaxing Spring Break.

  • Perfect if you are in: Europe, particularly Eastern and Southern Europe, due to closer proximity.
  • Skip if you are in: South America or Asia, where the distance makes a short trip impractical.
  • The months of March & April are great to be outdoors in Santorini. Hike the infamous Fira to Oia path (10.5 kms), celebrate Greek Independence Day (March 25), and enjoy a wine tasting tour which includes exploring picturesque vineyards.

Cape Town for nature lovers

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Cape Town is a haven for nature lovers, with its stunning landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and outdoor activities. Hike or take the cable car up Table Mountain, visit the penguins at Boulders Beach, and explore the Cape Winelands. The city's rich history and vibrant culture are showcased in its museums and markets.

  • Perfect if you are in: Africa, or even parts of Europe, with direct flights available.
  • Skip if you are in: North America or Asia, where the long flights limit the practicality of a short visit.
  • The months of March & April are autumn in Cape Town, which means sunny days and little rain. Since it’s also shoulder season, you’ll mostly have the city to yourself. Visiting Cape Town on spring break means a lot of outdoor activities - hike up the iconic Table Mountain or Lion’s Head, visit the nearby Cape Winelands which is known as the Culinary Capital of South Africa, and revel in the local Easter traditions which include egg hunts and delicious meal spreads. A must-try local dish would be the Classic Cape Malay, pickled fish which is a favorite during Easter.

Dublin for literature fans

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Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature, is perfect for those who revel in rich literary history and cozy pubs. Visit the Book of Kells at Trinity College, take a literary pub crawl, and explore the Dublin Writers Museum. Spring is also a great time to enjoy the city's parks and the picturesque countryside of Ireland.

  • Perfect if you are in: the UK or Europe, offering easy access through short flights or even ferries.
  • Skip if you are in: Oceania, due to the considerable distance and travel time required.
  • Spring break in Dublin opens up so many possibilities - take a day trip to the Dublin Mountains (the tour ends in Powerscourt Gardens where you can see wildflowers in full bloom during spring), book a car and drive around the Ring of Kerry, visit the Blarney Castle with its beautiful gardens in full bloom, and definitely visit The Burren Farm, a family Spring Break experience, where you can see baby farm animals and learn a bit about farming.
    Spring break in Dublin is great for families and college students alike.
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