Vancouver/Whistler, Canada: Shoulder season brings deals to both the city of Vancouver and its neighbor, Whistler Blackcomb. From cherry blossom spotting to spring skiing, an affordable spring break in these two British Columbia destinations is a must.
Downtown Los Angeles: Head to downtown Los Angeles as a home base for an L.A. spring break vacation. With access to Santa Monica via the Expo Line, you’ll save on accommodations here. Downtown Los Angeles is still up-and-coming, with plenty of hotel, restaurant and museum openings making it an affordable and safe place to stay.
Curacao: The best time to visit the "C" of the ABC islands is shoulder season — spring. Pack your bags for a cheap spring break and don’t forget to try the island’s famous late-night snack of peanut sauce grilled chicken with fries. With direct flights from New York, Montreal, Miami and Toronto, Curacao is accessible and affordable.
New Zealand: While New Zealand is no bargain destination, CheapAir named the island chain one of its cheapest places to travel to in 2018. And now thanks to shoulder season, spring (New Zealand’s fall) is the best time to go. A favorable exchange rate and abundance of free outdoor activities make a trip here affordable once you step off the plane. Flight prices aren’t cheap per se, but they’re more affordable than in years past.
British Virgin Islands: After last year’s horrific hurricane season, many travelers have written off the severely affected BVI as a destination. However, tourism is essential in helping the islands recover, and you’ll be able to find hotel deals and cheaper flights due to lower demand. Even though the islands are a British territory, the U.S. dollar is the official currency, so you won’t have to deal with an unfavorable exchange rate.
El Salvador: While many travelers tend to overlook this small Central American country due to safety concerns, it offers over 186 miles of coastline, is extremely affordable for Americans, and can still be a safe destination to visit. he country recently converted to U.S. currency, so you don’t have to worry about any exchange rates here.
Western Maine: Maine’s lesser-known western side is a great place to explore in spring thanks to lakeside cabins and summit trails. While temperatures can still be chilly, it’s a great time to go on a budget. Maine is accessible by car from most of the Northeast, and cheap flights from the West Coast (fares average under $400 round-trip in the spring) into Portland make this part of the state easy to get to from the rest of the country.
Birmingham, England: Thanks to "Peaky Blinders," Birmingham, England, is having a moment. And with more canals than Venice, spring is the ideal time to enjoy the waterways and take advantage of savings. Thanks to continuing competition and low trans-Atlantic fares from airlines like Norwegian, WOW and new-to-the-scene Primera Air, flights overseas are cheap, cheap, cheap — like under $600 round-trip from New York City.
Mesa, Ariz.: As the second-largest city in the metro Phoenix area, Mesa is an underrated and affordable springtime destination offering near-perfect weather this time of year. Flights to Phoenix (a 15-minute drive from Mesa) are inexpensive from major U.S. hubs.
San Ignacio, Belize: The best time to visit Belize is between November and April, making this accessible Central American destination ideal for a cheap spring break trip. The U.S. dollar doubles its value in Belize, and both Southwest and United have affordable (and quick) flights to Belize City.