Spring Break Destinations Ideas – Sunny Beaches, Big Cities, and Ski Trips

It’s finally spring time again. When it comes to spring break destinations, Americans have always loved fun, sunny beach vacations. While beaches will always be popular, there are still a few other types of vacations that are appealing to spring break goers these days. Where are you planning to go? Are you trying to narrow down your list?

Here are a few ideas:

• Cancun – This really isn’t a surprise. Cancun is usually #1 on most lists. With its turquoise waters and pristine beaches, it’s no wonder why so many people flock to this Mexican destination every year. Airfare is usually cheap and there is no shortage of resorts offering discount rates. Hotels, restaurants, and bars really cater to spring breakers and party-goers.

• Miami – Those without passports can still enjoy similar weather in South Beach. You can relax under the sun during the day and party at night when the skyline neon-lights come on. The city has always been known for its reputation as a “nightlife haven”. Not only are there tons of resorts and hotels along South Beach, there are also many apartment and condo rental options.

• Jamaica – You get a few popular spring break destinations in this Caribbean island: Montego Bay, Negril, Kingston, and Ocho Rios. Jamaica isn’t all sand and water, either – there are rainforests and mountains. Head to Negril if you want to do some diving or snorkeling. In Montego Bay, there are many infamous all-inclusive resorts and British-colonial architecture. Kingston, the capital city, is notorious for reggae and the Bob Marley Museum.

• Las Vegas – If you’re not looking for a beach vacation this year, then head to Vegas. Just go on a road trip to Sin City or take advantage of discount airfare. There are plenty of things to do on a budget. Vegas is much more than just a city filled with casinos. The live entertainment is second to none.

• New Orleans – Interested in spring break destinations that offer a cultural experience? Just go down South to NOLA. It’s not just popular during Mardi gras season, it’s popular for spring break as well. This is a city that prides itself on culture and tradition, and you can experience everything it has to offer, from Creole food to ghost tours.

• Park City – Not everyone associated “spring break” with “ski resorts”, but if there is one destination that offers spring break goers a good time, it’s Park City, Utah. It’s especially appealing to families who want to spend spring break together. It’s not all about skiing either; there are plenty of other fun activities as well.

Final Remarks

Go to any of these spring break destinations and you’re sure to have a good time!

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Best Places to Go for Late Season Ski Trips

Think ski trips will have to wait until early winter? Think again! Ski and snowboard bums who can’t wait until next winter for their snow fix still have plenty of options to choose from. In North America alone, there are about more than a handful of locations where there’s plenty of snow to go around (sans the rowdy crowd in the après ski scene).

Here are some of the ski vacation destinations that still receive (or retain) plentiful snow:

Snowbird, Utah

With 2,500 acres of skiable area and an average of 500 inches of snow (which often lasts into May), it is no wonder that Snowbird ranks 2nd in the list of best North American ski resorts. But Snowbird not only banks on its bountiful snow. The place is located just 29 miles from Salt Lake International Airport, and 24 miles from the downtown area of Salt Lake City, making it very accessible to skiers from any part of the US. The resort also boasts of a massive Aerial Tram, which could take you to as high as 11,000 feet in just 8 minutes!

Squaw Valley, California

Squaw Valley in spring time guarantees the best of both worlds for avid skiers: plenty of sunshine and tons of snow up to mid-May (depending on snow accumulation in Lake Tahoe). The resort, too, has quite a history. It played host to the VII Winter Olympic Games in 1960, and is also considered the birth place of the American Extreme Skiing Movement. And you’d be happy to know that late season means more discounts on ski passes and accommodations.

Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

The ski scene in Whistler and Blackcomb keeps rolling up until April, with plenty of après ski activities, parties and lots of snow to carve on. Ski or snowboard on more than 200 trails in more than 8000 acres of combined terrains.

Tip: Take the two hour drive to Whistler Blackcomb on the most romantic road in the world – the Sea to Sky Highway.

Sunshine / Banff, Alberta

On a good year, Sunshine and Banff can guarantee decent snow conditions up until mid-May, thus guaranteeing more fun on the slopes minus the crowds and the long lines to the chair lifts. The views, too, are a sight for sore eyes. Hop on the Sunshine Gondola and head out to the on Mountain Base of Sunshine Village at 7000 feet, or go to Banff down the valley where you can mingle with the friendly locals, or visit the Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Winter’s definitely not over in these destinations. So go right ahead! Pack your bags and end the season with a bang on ski trips in these destinations.

Planning a Family Ski Trip: The Perks and Setbacks of DIY Ski Trips

Isn’t it a little too early to plan family ski trips? For the travel and budget savvy, it never is. Besides, waiting until a month before ski season hits its peak will only guarantee packing woes and sky-high premium prices. Hence, the early birds will not only get the worm, but also the best accommodation the resort has to offer.

While many will prefer the convenience of pre-packaged vacations, some may opt for the DIY ski vacations. While yes, planning every detail of your ski getaway will entail a lot of haggling, research and planning savoir-faire, the pay-offs can be huge:

  • Flexibility. Everyone gets to have a say on what they can do during the ski holiday. It’s a win-win situation if each member of the family has their own preferences.

  • Freedom. Planning your own ski getaway means you have the freedom to explore the ski resort your own way. This means you can visit off-the-beaten-path sights and even go backcountry skiing (with a guide, of course). You won’t have to worry about sticking to the schedule set by your travel agent.

  • Savings. As you get to plan out every aspect of your ski getaway, you can take a pick on the cheapest flights and accommodations available in the resort.

But with great freedom comes great responsibility. As you’ll be handling every detail of your trip, you have to go through all lengths to ensure that your trip goes smoothly. This includes enrolling your kids to a ski school of your choice yourself, and making sure everyone and everything is accounted for (the last thing you want is to lose your luggage or skis in between connecting flights, or find out little George got in the wrong flight). And if you’re bringing along young children or toddlers, the stress can be magnified further.

Hence, if you’re still going down this route (at your own risk), here are a few tips you need to remember when planning a DIY ski getaway:

  • Avoid the rush. Planning a DIY ski getaway entails a lot of research, hence, you need to do it earlier. This not only guarantees that you get first dibs on the best accommodations, but you’ll be getting it for a lot less. Discounts abound during off peak seasons as most ski resort operators try to get more people to book early to avoid the rush.

  • Check the fineprint. Many airlines, especially budget carriers charge extra for ski or snowboard gears. Hence, if the airline of your choice allows you to book in carriage early, do so in advance as you could be charged more if you wait until check-in.

  • Choose late or early season. Prices are usually cheaper during early season (when crowds are just trickling in) or late season (when everyone’s eager to go back to reality) as snow conditions aren’t usually certain outside of peak season. Plus, you get to enjoy the serenity of an almost empty ski resort during this time.

  • Choose lesser known destinations. Peak season still guarantees the best snow condition. And if you’d like to hit the slopes during this time of the year (but still want to avoid the crowds), go for lesser known resorts and destinations. With a little research, you can spot hidden gems which can guarantee just as much fresh powder as their more popular counterparts at a fraction of their cost.

  • Don’t forget childcare options. Ask the hotel or the resort operator if they have babysitting or daycare centers where you can drop of your little ones while you enjoy your day on the slopes. But do it with caution: Some daycare facilities employ people who may not have the necessary certified to tend to younger children. Hence, it’s best to research first on the day care facilities before entrusting your toddler to their care.

Remember that DIY ski trips may not be for everyone. Hence, it’s best to look into other options first before considering this route. A poorly executed one will not only guarantee woes, but also hidden charges you’ll be much surprised to find out.