Portland, ME -- Spring break travel is continuing a comeback locally, with nearly two-thirds of Northern New England residents planning to take at least one spring vacation this year, according to the AAA Northern New England Spring Break Travel Poll.
Sixty-four percent of those polled said they are planning at least one leisure trip this spring, two percent more than the 62 percent who planned travel over last year's spring break and nine percent more than the 53 percent saying they traveled in spring 2012.
Fifty-six percent of local residents who are traveling are planning two or more trips during this year's spring break, the same percentage as in 2013, while 22 percent plan to take at least three spring break getaways.
"Spring break travel has stayed strong this year as our members are feeling more confident about their personal economic situations," said Pat Moody, AAA Northern New England spokesperson.
A spring break trip was defined in the poll as a trip at least 50 miles away from home and requiring an overnight stay during March, April or May.
The top five destinations for Northern New England spring break travelers, according to the poll, are:
- Boston (36 percent of travelers)
- Portland, ME (26 percent)
- Connecticut (19 percent)
- New York (16 percent)
- Cape Cod (13 percent)
Canada is the top foreign destination for Northern New England travelers, with 12 percent planning to travel there this spring.
Moody advised those who will be traveling over spring break to budget for gasoline by using AAA's Fuel Cost Calculator at FuelCostCalculator.AAA.com. The calculator will estimate fuel costs based on the traveler's make and model of vehicle and the route they are traveling. Travelers can also shop online for the lowest gas prices in any area of the U.S. using the free AAA Mobile app for Android and iPhone, as well as the online version at AAA.com/TripTik.
The 2014 AAA Northern New England Spring Break poll was conducted from April 8 to April 15, 2014 and surveyed 568 AAA Northern New England members. It has a margin of error of +/-4 percent.