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Where to Travel in Spring 2018?

     

Spring is approaching fast and this is the ideal time to travel to some popular destinations before the peak season kicks in. We’ve listed down some of the best places to visit during Spring this year!

 

March

Where to go in Africa:

Enjoy some early spring sunshine in Morocco while it’s not too hot or get a tan on the beaches of Djerba in Tunisia.

It’s the right time to visit the south of Egypt, from Luxor on, where it’s much nicer now than in the busy summer months.

The dry season in Cape Verde, which lasts from November to July, can see some strong winds which makes it a great winter destination for kite surfers. Temperatures are around 20°C between December and March.

Tamnougalt, Morocco

Where to go in Europe:

Days are getting longer and sunnier in early spring. It’s the perfect time of the year to head to the Mediterranean before the high peak of Eastern increases the rates considerably.

Maybe you want to enjoy the late-season offers in the ski resorts of the French and Austrian Alps and the Pyrenees? You can still catch the last of the winter snow and accommodation is easier to find.

During the spring months, Canaries continue to enjoy the same pleasant weather as the peak seasons (winter and summer months), only without the tourist crowds.

Where to go in North America:

Spring (from March to May) is the best time to visit Los Angeles. The smog is at its lowest levels, the air is breathable, hotels will offer lower rates and there are significantly less crowds.

In Miami the temperatures are much more comfortable than in the hot summer months and the city is less crowded.

March is a fantastic time to visit Baja California in Mexico. Conditions for whale-watching are optimal, almost no rain and temperatures are rising.

Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, US

Where to go in Central America & The Caribbean:

The Caribbean has an all-year-round pleasant climate but the best time to visit is generally considered from December-April, when it’s slightly cooler, drier and less humid.

In Cuba you can expect dry and sunny days from December to March before the wet season begins in June.

Havana, Cuba

Where to go in South America:

Patagonia, in Argentina and Chile, has very pleasant weather during March. However, be careful of some very high winds at altitude. You will avoid the tourist hordes of the summer and will be able to capture the autumn colours.  

Where to go in Oceania:

There’s no better time to visit Vietnam than in March which has the lowest rainfall across all destinations and temperatures are pleasant, although it can still be cool in the north (Hanoi and Halong Bay).

Beaches on the south and west coast of Sri Lanka are dry, hot and sunny while the Northeast coast is still affected by the monsoon.

Dry season in Philippines (from November to April) makes it a perfect spot for unwinding on its many pristine beaches.  

As of March, cherry blossoms start to bloom in Japan and the entire nation is filled with beautiful pink blossoms.

Mount Fuji, Japan

April

Where to go in Africa:

April and especially May are lovely months in Namibia. It’s getting drier, the air is fresh and clear and the landscape has turned green.

April and May (as well as November-December) are ideal to discover the pristine beaches of the Seychelles and the warm and wind-free conditions are perfect for snorkeling and diving.

Enjoy some early spring sunshine in Morocco while it’s not too hot or get a tan on the beaches of Djerba in Tunisia.

Where to go in Europe:

Europe is warming up for summer and it’s the perfect time for a city trip (as long as you avoid Eastern break) before it starts getting too hot. Portugal has a pleasant mediterranean climate and is very affordable. It’s also a good time to explore the cities in Southern Spain where it’s usually too hot in summer.

Berlin, Amsterdam, Bruges and London are great destinations for a long weekend, right before the summer kicks off.

Towards the end of the month you want to take a dip in the Mediterranean at the beaches of the Balearic Islands, Malta, Cyprus, Greece or Crete.

Cabo do Roca, Portugal

Where to go in North America:

Now it’s an excellent time to plan a city trip to New York after the winter cold and before the summer that can be scorching.

Florida is one of the best places to go on holiday in April for beach breaks or outdoor adventures, with long sunny days and warm but not hot weather.

Skyline Manhattan, New York, US

Where to go in Central America & the Caribbean:

Cuba is still a great destination in Central America; days are long and sunny before the wet season arrives.

You can find great deals in the Caribbean, especially if you book towards the end of the month.

Where to go in South America:

Much of Patagonia is still accessible in early April and the penguins are starting to arrive. You’ll avoid the crowds and the high prices, while still enjoying some pleasant weather.

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Where to go in Oceania:

In Asia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand can still be explored comfortably but the majority of Asian countries are unpleasantly hot at this time.

However, the Philippines are a great choice as the climate here is excellent at this time of the year if you want to travel from one island to another without having to worry about typhoons.

If you don’t mind crowds it is also the perfect time to see the flowering cherry trees in Japan.

 

May

Where to go in Africa:

April and especially May are lovely months in Namibia. It’s getting drier, the air is fresh and clear and the landscape has turned green.

April and May (as well as November-December) are ideal to discover the pristine beaches of the Seychelles and the warm and wind-free conditions are perfect for snorkeling and diving.

May is the start of the dry season in Zambia and Botswana, lasting until October, when conditions are optimal to watch animals gathering around rivers and waterholes.

The central highlands of Madagascar are cold and wet from May till October, but these months are the best time to visit Madagascar’s dry southwest, where temperatures in the summer (Nov-Jan) are unbearably hot.

May and June are the best time to enjoy your holidays in Réunion Island as you avoid the tourist crowds and the wet season.

The best time to visit Mauritius is from May to December when the weather is cool, dry and sunny.

Sossuvlei, Namibia

Where to go in Europe:

It’s pleasantly warm in Malta, Crete, Cyprus and Greece. Tuscany and Florence in particular is great for a long weekend to stroll along the cobbled streets without the tourist hordes overwhelming the region.

Scotland benefits from its maximum level of sunshine this month and the countryside is even more beautiful with the blossoming flowers.

Head to Sweden, Finland or Norway for long days, warmer weather (than usual) and lower prices, this is a great time for activities such as walking, cycling or kayaking.

Croatia is a perfect destination for a road trip before high season starts.

Where to go in North America:

Spring is by far the best time to visit Yosemite Valley in California. In May the waterfalls are at their peak, the wildflowers are blooming, and the summer crowds have not arrived yet. Daytime temperatures are nice but be prepared for chilly temperatures at night.

Visiting Grand Canyon in Arizona is also very pleasant during this time of the year. Temperatures are mild, precipitation is light and the crowds are manageable.

Tenaya Lake, Yosemite, California, US

Where to go in Central America & the Caribbean:

Guadeloupe, Martinique (with direct flights from Paris) and also the Bahamas are still very welcoming for a tropical vacation before the rain season starts.

Plage de la Pointe Martin, Martinique

Where to go in South America:

Winter in Peru (from May to September) is the driest season and therefore the best time of year to travel, especially if you are planning to visit the Cusco area or to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru

Where to go in Oceania:

In Asia, few destinations are recommended during monsoon season that has just started in May. However, it’s a great time to visit Beijing when winds blow away the pollution.

For budget-minded travelers that want to travel to the Maldives, this is a great time to save on accommodation. Expect some rain during the monsoon season but if that doesn’t scare you off, you will have the least company and best prices at the resorts. Also, surfers will catch good waves, and divers will see many colourful fishes.

Chinese Wall, Beijing, China

 

Feel free to contact us if you need further advise on a specific destination or to start planning your trip!