The Most Popular Spring Break Destinations
We bet right about now a lot of people, especially those dealing with freezing temperatures and snow are wishing they had a spring break vacation planned. Well, some lucky folks are planning to get away in the next few weeks, and a new report reveals which destinations are the most popular this year.
According to travel insurance company Allianz Global Assistance, Orlando, Florida is once again the top spring break destination for domestic travelers, while the most popular international destination in Cancun, Mexico.
And this year some formerly popular destinations seem to be making a resurgence, including Puerto Rico, which is making a comeback following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, and is the fifth-most popular international destination this year. Also back in the domestic Top ten this year is Salt Lake City, Utah, which is great for folks who want to ski during their break.
- As for when most people will be taking their spring break, the busiest domestic travel day is actually today, while March 16this the most popular for international travel. On average, those traveling to domestic destinations will likely spend five days on their trip, while international travelers will spend eight.
Top Ten Most Popular Domestic Spring Break Destinations
- Orlando, FL
- Phoenix, AZ
- Las Vegas, NV
- New York, NY
- Los Angeles, CA
- Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Fort Myers, FL
- Miami, FL
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Tampa, FL
Top Ten Most Popular International Spring Break Destinations
- Cancun, Mexico
- San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico
- Nassau, Bahamas
- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Oranjestad, Aruba
- Higuey, Dominican Republic
- Montego Bay, Jamaica
- Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
- Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
American Drivers Spend 70-Billion Hours Behind The Wheel
Do you feel like you are spending most of your life in your car? Well, according to a new report that just may be the case.
A report by the AAA finds that Americans are collectively spending 70-billion hours behind the wheel a year, which is an 8% increase since 2014. Overall, drivers travel more than 220 miles a week, which amounts to 11,498 miles a year, the same as driving round-trip from San Francisco to Washington, DC…twice!
The survey finds that each day, U.S. drivers spend close to an hour behind the wheel (51 minutes to be exact), traveling 31.5 miles. What’s more, they are spending an additional 20 minutes driving each week than they did in 2014.
So who's doing the most driving? Well, men are apparently behind the wheel more than women, spending 19% more time behind the wheel and traveling 27% more miles. Geographically, drivers in the West spend the most time driving per day, 58.9 minutes, followed by those in the Northeast (51.1 minutes) South (49.9 minutes) and Midwest (44.5 minutes).
Mom Traveling With Four-Month-Old Hands Out Earplugs To Travelers
Traveling with a newborn is never pleasant, not only for parents, but for the passengers who have to be on the flight with a crying baby. Well, one new mom who was traveling from Seoul to San Francisco with her four-month-old did her best to ease the discomfort level of her fellow travelers, and it isn’t going unnoticed.
An unidentified mom who was traveling on the 10-hour flight with her baby handed out 200 goodie bags filled with ear plugs, candy and a note from her child. “Today, I am going to the U.S. with my mom and grandma to see my aunt," the note read. "I'm a little bit nervous and scary (sic) because it's my first flight, which means that I may cry or make too much noise. I will try to go quietly, though I can't make any promises... Please excuse me."
Passenger David Corona shared pictures of the bag on social media called the gift “very touching,” but noted that it wasn’t necessary at all, especially since he heard “not a peep out of the kid.”
And NOT AGAIN....
When people look for a place to live, they may research school districts, or look for places near shops and restaurants, but if happiness is the ultimate thing they seek, they may want to think about moving to Hawaii.
The annual “Gallup National Health & Well-Being Index” has just come out and for a record seventh time Hawaii has topped the list as the Happiest and Healthiest state in the U.S. Hawaii scored a 64.6 out of 100 to earn the top spot,with the list judging states in five essential elements of wellbeing:
- Career:liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
- Social:having supportive relationships and love in your life
- Financial:managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
- Community:liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
- Physical:having good health and enough energy to get things done daily
Hawaii leads all states in three of these categories - career, social and financial - and is the only state to be in the Top five in all five areas.
Top Ten States With The Highest Overall Wellbeing
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
Overall, the study found that U.S. wellbeing declined in 2018, with an average score of 61.2, down from 61.5 in 2017. As for the least happy and healthy state, that would be West Virginia, which scored just a 57 out of 100.
Ten States With The Lowest Overall Wellbeing
- West Virginia