STORY BY ANNIKA GRASSL
Spring break is often a popular time for students to escape the pressure of college in favor of some well-deserved relaxation.
According to one of the leading travel sites Orbitz, the top 10 spring break destinations this year range from cities across the United States such as New York to tropical paradises in the Caribbean, such as Riviera Maya, Mexico.
With average airfare costing anywhere from $299 to $616, this year students will have to budget accordingly, especially after adding in average hotel costs of $115 to $342 a night.
While these costs may be steep, most students agree that it is the experiences that they come back with that make it worth it.
According to Rick South of Travel Center in Des Moines, “We are seeing lots of people going on all inclusive trips to Mexico – specifically Rivera Maya and places like that – a smaller group go on cruises, although we rarely see people traveling in Europe.”
Junior psychology major Destani Welch is going to visit her boyfriend in Phoenix, Arizona. She is “excited for the hot dry weather, and (her) first trip alone.”
While travel in Europe is rare at this time, junior public relations major Mary Kate Acheson is going to Barcelona Spain for spring break. She said that she is “most excited to see (her) friend who lives in Finland. We will be going with our moms, so that will be fun.” When asked about financing the trip, Acheson said that her mom is helping with the cost, while she is using some of her savings for the trip.
Top Ten Vacation Spots for this Spring:
1. Las Vegas, Nevada
2. Cancun, Mexico
3. Orlando, Florida
4. Puta Cana, Dominican Republic
5. New York City, New York
6. New Orleans, Louisana
7. Chicago, Illinois
8. Miami Beach, Florida
9. Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
10. Riviera Maya, Mexico