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Spring Break Trips - Best Packages For 2009

Aug 8, 2008
Spring break trips are synonymous with fun, however, searching through spring break packages to find the best one is not always a good time. If you keep some key elements in mind, it will make things much easier when trying to plan your vacation for spring break 2009.

First, lets talk price. I think most college students could agree that this is the number one factor in determining which spring break package to choose. Lets face it, most students are up to their eyeballs in debt. They can't afford to spend $1000 on spring break vacations. The good news is that everyone else feels the same way. Because of this, the high-priced trips are typically exclusive to older couples and families...not spring breakers. This is not the type of environment spring break students want to be in anyway. They want crowds of other students to party with. Try to eliminate packages above the $700 mark. There are plenty of great trips out there that fall below $500 per person, you just need to google harder to find them.

Second, we need to talk about what is included. Spring break students don't like extra fees and surprises. They want to pay one price and not worry about how much money they need to take with them on the trip to pay for extra things that pop up along the way. Try to find packages that include transportation(airfare or cruise). Don't try to purchase everything separate. Spring break vacations are the only segment of travel where it is typically always best to book everything together through one agency. Summer trips, New Years, and the family vacation is usually cheaper if you book everything separate...but not spring break trips. This is an important fact that most people overlook.

Third, everyone likes free stuff. Find packages that include free trips if you book before a certain date. Many agencies offer summer trips or New Years vacations to those students that book five or six months in advance. Don't wait until one or two months prior to book your spring break package. Agencies don't feel they need to offer big incentives when demand is at its peak. When the bookings start pouring in, the free trips and group discounts tend to disappear. Also, you will most likely not get a room at your favorite hotel if you wait two months prior. Most popular spring break packages book out four or five month prior to your departure date.

Last, see what destination is hot right now. Cancun was popular in the late 90's, but in 2007 everything shifted to the Bahamas. This was due to a massive hurricane that left many of the hotel lobbies with six feet of standing water and wind damage in the millions. This year, 2008 saw a record number of college spring break students in the Bahamas. Most of the hotels were sold out six months prior to March 2008.

Spring break 2009 will be wild, crazy, and non-stop fun for college students worldwide. Do your research and find the best option.
About the Author
Francis Copa is the author of this article. www.BahamaSun.com is a great source for the best spring break trips.
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