While the dire economy has taken some of life out of the party travel website Expedia estimates that flights to spring break destinations in the Caribbean are down as much as 20% this year the collegiate rite of passage, which traditionally occurs between the first weekend in March and Easter Sunday in April, is still very much in full cry: according to student discount-travel agency STA Travel, the average spring breaker spends $1,100 for their seven-night trip (many of which they will be too drunk to remember). In Florida, while annual visitor numbers dropped for the first time in seven years, student bookings to Panama City Beach are up by more than 20%, according to . Meanwhile, the nature of spring break continues to evolve. Alternative trips include everything from tutoring migrant farm workers in Florida to registering voters in rural Mississippi. Break Away, an organization that trains and helps colleges across the United States promote alternative break programs, has projected 65,000 college students will participate in its 2009 programs, up from 48,000 in 2007. No bacchanal, perhaps, but at least you won't return to school with as many regrettable pictures on Facebook.