Travel advisor: Flexibility & patience needed for last-minute spring break plans

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With about a month until many students’ spring breaks, time is running out to lock in a trip. While there are still options, choices on when and where are limited and costs are high.

“It’s going to be a tough haul for people who haven’t planned their trips already,” Ted Blank, a travel advisor with Travel Leaders, said. “Supply is definitely outstripping demand in travel,” Blank added about what’s leading to more expensive prices and few options.  

He said that many families that have a spring break planned booked months ago. Also, Blank said that there was a spike in bookings while COVID-19 restrictions have eased over the last few weeks.

“In January, there were some people who had trips planned and they postponed them. Oftentimes, they postpone them right to these peak spring break travel times,” Blank said. “So, that added additional pressure to the limited capacity that’s available.”

Thursday afternoon, at a beach on Sanibel Island in Florida, it was about 70 degrees — with no wind chill.

“Sanibel is a popular destination this time of year,” Chris Reublin, manager for Select Vacation Properties on Sanibel Island, said on a video sent to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS while walking on the beach.

Reublin says despite the demand, he can help families with last-second spring break plans.

“We’re happy to be able to provide some of that relief, after two years of being locked in the house,” Reublin said.

One way to help get to your goal spring break destination, according to Blank, is traveling during weekdays.