Spring break vacations may come with a hefty price tag this year. Travelocity released its annual spring break travel data, which indicates a 14.7% year-over-year increase in domestic airfare while international airfare for spring break is flat year-over-year (.1% decrease). The traditional spring break travel period in the U.S. falls between March 1 and April 15. From a top destinations standpoint, Travelocity data reveals an affinity for Hawaii, continued love of South Florida and increasing desire to head to Las Vegas this spring. But it’s not all bad news.
“Though travelers are likely to face higher ticket prices for spring break, smart shoppers can still escape the harsh winter and find travel deals,” said Travelocity senior editor, Courtney Scott. “Travelers should try to travel on off-peak days, bundle flight and hotel bookings into vacation packages and search flights in surrounding airports.”
And, with international airfare staying relatively stagnant, maybe a trip abroad is the way to go this spring break.
“This might be the year to venture abroad for Spring Break,” said Scott. “Several international destinations have been trending in popularity over the past three years including Belize City, Aruba, San Juan, and the Netherlands Antilles.”
The family that takes pictures together, stays together? Well, maybe on these new Thomson Family Adventure trips to Costa Rica and Peru, where families join wildlife biologist and professional photographer Chris Gamel. On these special tours, families have the opportunity to learn from a professional educator and photographer about the world of photography and wildlife in a fun and exciting way while also capturing beautiful images to commemorate the adventure.
I am not a professional photographer, but I love to take photos. I also love watching my children take photos, although I would recommend a tour like this for older children, such as teens an tweens, bonding through the lens of a camera and enjoying wildlife together as a family are sure to create an unforgettable family vacation.
Gamel will be joining families on Thomson Family Adventures’ Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure, which departs March 15th, 2014; the Costa Rica Teen Adventure departing March 22nd; and Thomson’s Peru: Land Of The Ancient Inca tour. These tours give families the chance to learn, practice and perfect their photography skills while exploring some of Costa Rica and Peru’s most fascinating wildlife, landscapes, culture, people and history through the lens of a camera.
Wendy Wu Tours, the operator of Classic and Premier Group tours to China, has one of America’s most comprehensive ranges of vacations to China from the U.S., now including a selection of privately guided tours with daily departures.
“Our Private Tours to China offer the assurance of a set itinerary with the flexibility to set the pace of the day. It allows passengers to experience China their way. They have a choice of Deluxe or Superior hotel categories and we’ve left some evenings at leisure for those who like to explore on their own. Private Tours are ideal for families, as it allows our guests later start times and the option to linger at one site and skip over another. Also perfect for honeymooners who don’t usually want to travel in a group, as well as groups of friends and special interest groups,” said Mark Grundy, president.
Wendy Wu, founder and CEO added, “We’ve taken our most popular Classic Group tours and created private versions. This allows our passengers to travel on tried and true itineraries of China, while setting the overall flow of the tour themselves. They experience a more personal tour with their private guides and pre-negotiated rates keeps costs affordable. Furthermore, the choice of hotel category allows guests to customize to their comfort level and select dinners on their own for exploring their tastes or just relax at the hotel. Private Tours offer passengers who want freedom and personalized touring the perfect balance of guidance and leisure.”
London is one of my favorite cities in the world and somewhere that I love traveling with family. It feels like home to me, so I’m happy to hear that, not only is the city friendly for families, but London’s largest airport is, too.