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article imageSpring breakers skip Mexico, opt for local beaches instead

By Nikki Weingartner     Mar 9, 2009 in Travel
Due to the current state of the economy and escalating violence in Mexico, it seems that many spring breakers are trading in the sombrero for a return to basics. Students are booking more flights to U.S. locations while some are driving.
The month of the famed "Spring Break" holiday is upon the nation, when thousands of students each year take respite from their daunting schedules. Since picking up speed after its inception in Fort Lauderdale, FL nearly 80 years ago, destinations for the week-long party have slowly migrated from Florida all the way to Texas, making South Padre Island one of the top spots for spring breakers.
But the trend to get away started going global as more and more college students began looking towards the lush beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico as a place to spend their cash. Cancun is full of college kids during the break, with a drinking age of 18-years-old (younger if you go to the right place and meet the right people) and parties such as Margarita Madness and all night clubbing. This year, it may be a has-been destination.
With the combined state of the economy and the warnings against traveling to Mexico, party goers are trading in those tickets Mexico and returning to the basics.
According to a Florida news report, one spring break marketing agent explained this year's trend, stating that the students who usually fly off to spend a week in Mexico are now booking trips "as far away as Arizona this year." Students in colder climates looking to get away are not only looking for safety, but are searching for the best deal and flights to areas like Florida are relatively cheap. Still, others are saving more cash by driving this year or doing something beneficial with their time like volunteering to help out the devastated island of Galveston.
With many colleges warning thousands of their students against travel to Mexico and bringing attention to the violent drug war that is killing thousands and could end up taking the lives of innocent tourists as part of the "collateral damage," its seems as though kids are heeding the warning.
Destinations such as the popular Daytona Beach, Florida expect to see elevated numbers this year and this could have a negative impact on those resort communities that rely on American Spring Break tourism to feed their profit margin. Unfortunately, their have been some killings in the popular spring break locations in Mexico due to the escalating drug violence although the majority has occurred in the border towns.
As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure? Well, it seems that Mexico's current problems with violence and drugs is potentially turning their tourism industry into garbage while our our own boundaries may find a gem or two amidst the hard times.
The bottom line is that Spring Break isn't going away and spring breakers will find a place to stay, or party that is!
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