NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- You didn't make it through a long, gray winter just to spend your spring break avoiding a can-strewn hotel pool and cleaning a co-ed's vomit off your rental car.
Much like hurricanes, brush fires, blizzards and various other seasonal anomalies, spring break is best accepted as an unfortunate reality at this time of year for travelers whose best beer-bong building days are behind them. As with any destructive force of nature, the best way to approach spring break as a traveler is to avoid it as best as possible.
That's going to be a bit tougher this year. The American Express (AXP) Spending and Savings Tracker found that 61% of Americans plan to spend more on travel overall this year. About half of those big spenders will be hitting domestic hot spots, while 22% will be heading abroad and another 20% will be taking to the seas on the giant floating all-inclusive resorts that call themselves cruise ships.This means a while lot of mixed demographics in such places as Florida, where travel site Orbitz (OWW) says four of the Top 10 spring break destinations are this year. American Express Travel, meanwhile, put Florida's Panama City, Daytona, Key West and South Beach at Nos. 1 through 4 on its list of the Top 8 spring break destinations in America. Think a passport and a plane ticket will keep the keg stands and deep bass at bay? Not in Mexico, the Bahamas or Jamaica, where American Express and Hyatt (H) place nine of the Top 10 warm-weather Spring Break destinations this year. While Orbitz suggests avoiding Spring Break crowds by heading to Olympic basketball trials in Portland, Ore., this April, taking in baseball's spring training in Arizona and Florida or confining the family to a Disney (DIS) cruise ship, there are other ways to salvage a spring vacation without being surrounded by nonstop parties. With help from travel experts, we came up with seven places where grown-ups can take a spring break without being overrun by spring breakers:
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