Total Costs = Transportation Costs + Rental Costs + Food Budget + Drink Budget
To calculate the transportation cost, we selected ten of the largest cities from each coast and calculated the cost to go from each of the cities to the spring break destinations on the same coast.
For destinations that take less than 5 hours to drive to, and where the arrival airport was more than 50 miles away from the final destination, we calculated the cost of driving (including gas and tolls, not including car rental) for a return trip using a 2016 Toyota Camry, 6-speed 3.5L. We used leading online applications to calculate the cost of each journey, based upon gas and toll prices as of January 2nd, 2017.
For journeys that take more than 5 hours to drive, we calculated the cost of a return flight to and from the spring break destination. A leading online flight price aggregator that compares the price of flying with all major US airlines was used to calculate the flight prices. Direct flights were selected when available. The prices were calculated on January 2nd, 2018 for a seven day period from March 11 to March 18.
The accommodation price is the average price per person to stay in a 4 person vacation rental found on HomeToGo for each destination, between the dates of March 1, 2018 and April 29, 2018. Our own meta search data provided this information.
The drink prices consist of the price of seven six packs of Heineken beers.The data was provided using local leading supermarket prices.
The food price includes a daily hamburger with fries at an affordable restaurant in the city center. The data was provided by online menus.