Vancouverites are eager to travel over spring break this year, with data showing a staggering 75 per cent increase in searches for trips.
Kayak Canada has revealed the top trending spring break destinations that Vancouverites have been searching for on its online travel search engine.
The company says "Canadian revenge travel" shows no signs of slowing down, as Canucks continue to dust off their passports following years of pandemic-related travel restrictions.
Los Angeles topped the list of trending destinations for Vancouverites, likely due to the direct flight option that takes locals to the Hollywood Hills in only three hours at a steal. Return flights to the "City of Angels" from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) start at $156 including tax and fees with Flair Airlines.
The city is also one of the closest options for locals looking to get a proper dose of vitamin D before the late spring and summer. And Kayak's data shows a whopping 185 year-over-year increase in residents from the Lower Mainland looking to travel to California's biggest city.
Las Vegas was the second-most-searched destination, with the data revealing a 130 per cent increase in interest in the "City of Sin." Not unlike visiting L.A., Vancouverites can fly to Vegas in a breeze, with direct flights taking under three hours and round-trip tickets starting at $136. There are even some packages that include three-night accommodation at nice hotels on the Las Vegas entertainment strip that include round-trip and direct airfare for as little as $444.
Top destinations for Vancouver flights during spring break 2023
San José del Cabo, located on Mexico's breathtaking Baja California Peninsula, was the third most-searched-for spot, with a 117 per cent increase in interest. Affordable flight options out of the Lower Mainland offered by Swoop and Flair have likely added to the sun-soaked destination's widespread appeal, although it also boasts some Mexico's fastest-growing resort areas and a range of activities for travellers.
Another Mexican city, Puerto Vallarta, was the seventh most-searched-for spot, with searched up 65 per cent this year over last.
And while the majority of Vancouverites searched for places south of the border, a few international destinations were included in the top 10 most-searched-for spots.
London, England was the sixth-most-searched-for spot, with interest increasing 75 per cent year over year. Thailand's vibrant capital city, Bangkok, came ninth on the list, with searches up 52 per cent year over year. Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, came tenth.
Top trending March break destinations
- Los Angeles, California (185% YoY increase)
- Las Vegas, Nevada (130% YoY increase)
- San José del Cabo, México (117% YoY increase)
- Phoenix, Arizona (109% YoY increase)
- Maui (Kahului), Hawaii (82% YoY increase)
- London, England (75% YoY increase)
- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (65% YoY increase)
- Palm Springs, California (58% YoY increase)
- Bangkok, Thailand (52% YoY increase)
- Manila, Philippines (29% YoY increase)