Every year, thousands of college students escape to alpine villages and beachfront resorts for a week of fun in the snow and sun. To help plan your March getaway, check out these five student-friendly spring break packages that are specially designed for your budget and enjoyment (and safety). Book a trip online, or let Dex help you find deals on tours and vacation packages.
Blue lagoons, Mayan ruins and a lush resort atmosphere make Cancun a top destination for spring break. If you’re heading south of the border this March, consider scheduling your trip through StudentCity, which specializes in travel deals for the younger set. The Cancun package includes round-trip airfare, accommodations, 24-hour on-site staff, access to DJ parties and nightclubs, and much more. This year you’ll also get to attend the first annual Inception Music Festival, hosted in partnership with Shah Entertainment. Visit StudentCity’s Spring Break 2013 Cancun page for complete details. Also be sure to check for any travel advisories before you go.
Panama City Beach, Fla.
Another warm-weather escape (and one where you don’t need a passport) is Panama City Beach, located on Florida’s Emerald Coast along the Panhandle. StudentCity offers affordable package rates at hotels throughout the area. Deals include accommodations, meal and shopping discounts, access to parties and DJ performances, and onsite staff available 24 hours. The area boasts 27 miles of white sandy beaches and emerald green waters, as well as two of the largest nightclubs in the United States: Club Spinnaker and Club La Vela. For your safety, all StudentCity packages feature a Break Smart orientation session and wristband with a 24-hour contact number. The tour operator’s Panama City Beach page has more information.
South Padre Island, Texas
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including spring break on South Padre Island. If you book with StudentCity, you’ll get round-trip airfare, accommodations, activity discounts and specials, and 24/7 staff assistance. You and your group can stay in a fully-equipped condo or hotel room at the Saida Royale beachfront resort, conveniently located within walking distance of local restaurants and nightlife. An optional party package gets you express entry and free cover to popular local clubs such as Mooncussers and Louie’s Backyard. To learn more, go to StudentCity’s South Padre Island page.
Instead of flying South with the flock, grab your skis or board and head to Breckenridge for the last powder of the season. UBSki offers lodging and lift packages starting at $299 per person. Deals include accommodations for six days and five nights and lift passes for some of the area’s best skiing, from Breckenridge to Vail and Beaver Creek. Book your stay at an inn or a “ski-in/ski-out” lodge or condo, some of which sleep up to 12. Discounts on equipment rentals and extra lift passes are also available. For après ski, various locations around town will be hosting DJ performances, concerts and more during the month of March. The Breckenridge home page has more.
Europe is becoming a popular destination for spring break, although you have to book early for the best deals. STA Travel, another student-friendly tour operator, can help you save big on hotels and hostels in major cities throughout the region, including London, Paris, Madrid, Rome and Amsterdam. (The Eurail pass winter sale expired Dec. 31, and airfare discounts required booking by Feb. 7.) To plan your trip, visit STA’s website.
Spring Break will be here before you know it, so book as early as you can and check out these safety tips to ensure an enjoyable and safe getaway. If you prefer to schedule your trip through an agency, search DexKnows local travel agent listings.