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KINGWOOD, TX – Some travel experts are comparing this upcoming spring break to a prison break.

That makes sense when you consider that millions of Americans have been cooped up at home due to COVID-19 restrictions for far too long and many are now ready to break free and take a real vacation.

In Kingwood, Nicol Payne packs up his “cabin fever” family of four and escapes Houston for Spring Break 2022.

We’re going to do all kinds of outdoor activities and hikes, see beautiful sites, so we’re very excited,” Payne said.

In fact, Payne travels to Arizona for “glamping,” which is essentially glamorous camping in luxury tents with high-end amenities.

But when she saw the price of the plane ticket, it was more than double what she normally pays and the price of glamping.

“Oh! I thought I’ll just wait, wait a few days, maybe that’s not really true! But it is,” Payne said.

Turns out Payne and her husband will be paying $500 per night per tent for their glamping adventure, and they need two tents, which is $1,000 per night.

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“Yeah, for a tent, a nice tent, but it’s still a tent. It was a little shocking, the price,” Payne said.

Heather Keller, owner of Perfect Landing Travel in Kingwood, says airfare and accommodation prices to many popular destinations have skyrocketed in recent months due to demand.

“It’s high, really high. You’re going to pay sometimes double, sometimes triple the price in some of the more popular destinations,” Keller said.

To help us save money, Keller put together a list of four destinations you should go to and four you should probably avoid and pivot to another destination.

Places to avoid

1. Hawaii

“I would probably avoid booking Hawaii at this point. It’s always been incredibly popular, but this year the hotels are pretty crowded. They are also still at limited capacity for many restaurants and it will take a lot of extra work for you if you are on vacation,” Keller explained.

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2. US Virgin Islands

3. Miami and Orlando

4. Red hot ski spots like Park City, Utah and Aspen, Colorado

“If you’re planning on going to places like Park City, Denver and Aspen, you won’t see much available to you at this point and prices will be at least 30% higher than previous years,” said Keller.

The places you should go

1.Puerto Vallarta

2.Portugal

“Portugal is really great right now. It’s fantastic weather for spring break and you can easily spend 30% less in Portugal than you would in a place like Spain,” Keller said.

3. Lake Tahoe

“You’re going to find great skiing and a lot less crowds than the big resorts in Utah and Colorado,” Keller said.

4. “Big City” trips to New York, Chicago, Seattle and Washington DC

“I would definitely recommend city trips as a spring break option. You have to get away from the beaches and the mountains,” Keller said.

Finally, before booking anything, check the website of the “tourist office” of your holiday destination.

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It’s a great resource that most people don’t even know about; one that can answer many of your questions and concerns about the opening of your destination of choice right now.

“There, you will have proposed itineraries. Are you going to stay there for three days? They will have three day options on what you should do on your three days. Plus, everything you’ll need to know which attractions and restaurants are open right now. What you need to get in and out of that city, state or country. It will help you make sure it’s a good place to go,” Keller said.

Another tip, remember that all major airlines will allow you to make changes to your trip as long as you purchase tickets in main economy class or above.

But if you buy what’s called basic economy, the lowest tier tickets available, you’ll have no luck changing your itinerary.

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