Mar 28, 2024 - News

๐Ÿ–๏ธ Spring break is here

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Spring break starts tomorrow for many New Orleans schools.

Why it matters: More Americans are traveling for spring break this year compared with last year, AAA data shows.

The big picture: Cruises and Florida beach trips are the most popular options with travelers this year, AAA says.

  • Gulf Shores, Destin and 30A are beach favorites for New Orleanians. Bay St. Louis also is an easy day trip.
  • Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are popular too.

Between the lines: Our spring break is a little later than elsewhere in the country, but schools here also get out a week for Mardi Gras.

Zoom in: Spring break is one of the busiest times of the year for cruises out of New Orleans, Port of New Orleans spokesperson Kimberly Curth tells Axios.

  • All cabins on every vessel are full, she said. Many cabins have three to four passengers per cabin this time of year instead of two.

Meanwhile, about 6% more Americans are expected to fly for spring break compared with last year, TSA says.

  • Specific numbers for New Orleans weren't available, but other big airports like O'Hare in Chicago project today will be the busiest day for spring break travel.
  • Bookings for international spring break trips are up 20% compared with last year, AAA says. Top destinations are London, Paris, Rome, Dublin and Amsterdam.

Friction point: Parking often fills up during peak travel times at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

  • Spots were available in all the garages this morning, according to the airport's real-time tracker. Note that prices went up this month.
  • Travelers are encouraged to use ride-share services or pre-book a parking space.

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