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Spring Break Travel Trends - Out to Sea And Overseas

Cruises And International Trips On The Rise

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Editors Note: B-Roll of river cruises for your use is available here; ocean cruising B-Roll is available here.

The Automobile Club of Southern California is expecting cruises, international travel, beaches and local road trips to be the most popular getaways for Spring Break this year. 

Top Local Road Trips: Based on AAA TripTik requests, top destinations for Spring Break road trips among local residents include:

  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • Grand Canyon

Cruises: “Many travelers are looking for warm weather, pools and beaches, and outdoor adventures this time of year, and cruise vacations check all those boxes,” said Jena Miller, the Auto Club’s Vice President for Travel Products and Services.

Cruising is off to a strong start in 2024 with sold-out ships and inaugural sailings, and the demand is evident in Spring Break bookings. AAA Travel data shows a 28% increase in cruise bookings for March and April compared to last year, and a 60% increase for cruises departing from South Florida.

More travelers are booking cruises farther in advance, which is one of AAA Travel’s cruising trends this year. Many Spring Break cruises have been sold out for months. Last-minute bookings are possible, but prices may be higher and cabin choices limited. If you miss the boat for Spring Break, AAA Travel suggests booking a summer cruise now before they sell out, especially if you’re eyeing popular destinations like Alaska.

AAA Trip Canvas Tips: For families traveling with teens, check out the best cruise lines for teenagers.

International travel: Overseas Spring Break trips are also on the rise compared to last year. AAA data for March and April shows international flight bookings are up 20% and hotel bookings are up 37%.  European cities top the list of most popular destinations: London, Paris, Rome, Dublin, and Amsterdam. “More Auto Club members are also booking tours for their international Spring Break vacations,”  said Miller. “They want the convenience, expertise, and peace of mind that guided travel brings.”

About AAA

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Media Contacts

Anlleyn Venegas
Public Affairs Specialist. Spanish-Language Media Spokesperson , Auto Club Enterprises
(619) 565-4556
Venegas.Anlleyn@ace.aaa.com
Doug Shupe
LA-based media contact
(512) 659-1632
shupe.doug@aaa-calif.com
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The Automobile Club of Southern California is a member club affiliated with the American Automobile Association (AAA) national federation and serves members in the following California counties: Inyo, Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura.