Feel like it’s been forever since your last trip? Or are you just itching to hold onto the summer holidays?
March and April can be excellent times to travel, especially with milder weather in many destinations and the Easter break to take advantage of!
But where should you go?
- Japan for Cherry Blossom Lovers
March and April are the heart of the cherry blossom season in Japan.
Locations like Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Osaka and Hiroshima are ideal if you want the best of Japanese cities combined with beautiful cherry blossom exploration situated around rivers, gardens and castles.
Check the exact dates when deciding on which destination to go with as blooming time does vary from place to place.
- Spain for Las Fallas Celebrations
Mix lights, fire and explosive displays with costumes, dancing, floats and satire and you get the Fallas Festival, which takes place from March 15 – 19, 2016, in Valencia.
This is a perfect excuse to visit Spain and with spring weather in full swing, you’ll get to avoid the hot summer, as well as the tourist crowds that tend to flock there from June to August.
- US for the New Orleans Jazz Festival
Love music? More importantly, love jazz? March and April in the US brings plenty of jazz into the limelight, and New Orleans is at the heart of it all!
The New Orleans Jazz Festival will run from April 22 – May 1, 2016, and with artists like Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Van Morrison and Neil Young headlining, it’s a hard one to resist.
If you’re still keen to explore the Big Easy but can’t make the jazz fest, don’t worry. Try aiming for the French Quarter Festival instead, which will take place from April 7 – 10, 2016.
- France for Late Season Skiing
If you missed the opportunity to hit the slopes last year or over the Christmas break, don’t give up just yet. March and April still sees plenty of snow in the glorious land that is France!
In terms of resorts, Val Thorens (the highest ski resort in Europe) and Tignes (about 2 hours from Val Thorens) will be your best bets.
Snow is strong and wonderfully powdery here, and lifts at the resorts stay open through to May.
- Chile for Autumnal Patagonian Adventures
Got the adventure bug? Or just want more than cities and celebrations? Chilean Patagonia is a place where you can expect towering peaks, sweeping glaciers and glittering lakes – the perfect place for the adventure lover.
Visiting in March and April means three things: fewer tourists, cheaper costs and exquisite autumn colours. Torres del Paine is the key feature in the area, and if you’re not attuned to exploring on your own, daily tours to its major sites are easy to find.
- Fiji for Uncrowded Tropical Getaways
Given it’s only a few hours from Australia’s east coast, Fiji is a blissful tropical island option for those who only have a few days to spare. It’s also ideal if you’re desperate for a holiday, but don’t want to spend a lot of dosh.
Visiting Fiji in April can be cheap and means you’ll hit the end of the low/wet period, just as it’s moving into the dry season. You might experience a rainy day or two, but you can still expect sunny tropical weather.
Fiji can be packed during school holidays, so book early if you plan to go during this time. Try an adults-only resort (there are around a dozen) if you want to avoid kids and crowds altogether.
Last Minute Tips for Your March-April Holiday!
- Pack clothes for hot and cold weather, especially if you’re heading somewhere that will be warmer during the day but cooler at night.
- If you’re going for a festival or something specific, book as early as you can. If you can’t (or haven’t), be more flexible and work with your options. Remember, the trip can still happen! Just think outside the square.
- Insure your holiday! Research and compare travel insurance quotes and make sure you have cover for everything you need.
- Register your travel plans on Smartraveller.gov.au, even if you’re only travelling for a few days or to a destination close by.
- If you want to save cash, however, look for flights and deals outside of the Easter holidays, when prices will be lower.
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