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Feel like it’s been forever since your last trip? Or are you just itching to hold onto the summer holidays? Where to travel in March and April. 

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? good places to travel in march/april

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. best places to travel march april

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. best places to visit in march in europe.

With local celebrations, public transport can get pretty hectic, so make sure you book a taxi in advance of when you need one.

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. best places to visit in march in asia.

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. temperatures in march around the world

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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! When is the best time to skii in 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. warm places to visit in march and April. 

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. Where should I travel in March and April?

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 in the Pacific 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. Best places to visit in April.

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.

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Book as early as you can if you’re going for a festival or something specific. 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 box.

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Insure your holiday! Research and compare travel insurance quotes and make sure you have cover for everything you need.

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Register your travel plans on with your government agency, even if you’re only travelling for a few days or to a destination close by.

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If you want to save cash, look for flights and deals outside of the Easter holidays, when prices will be lower.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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Photo credits: Japan Cherry Blossom photos by Jacob Ehnmarkkaybee07Reginald Pentinio. New Orleans by Mapping Megan. Autumn Colors of Patagonia by Justin Vidamo. Cherry blossom Pinterest photo by Yoshikazu TAKADA.

    22 Comments

  1. Always wanted to go to Japan for to see the Cherry blossom.

    Too late this year for me, maybe plan for 2017.

    • I hope you can make it happen in 2017 John :) Never too early to start bookmarking destinations for potential trips next year!

  2. Having lived in Japan, I always looked forward to cherry blossoms being in full bloom. You don’t have to go to a big city for a cherry blossom bloom – many mid-sized cities and smaller towns have placed where you can view the cherry blossoms.

    • Thanks for the tip Rashaad, that’s an awesome note. I didn’t have very much time to spend in Japan, only two weeks, so we stuck to the big cities. I would love to get back and explore the mid-sized cities and small towns. We’re living back in Australia now so I figure I’m close enough to make a return trip happen soon!

      Thanks for the tip :)

  3. Those are some great recommendations for places to travel during the spring. The New Orleans Jazz Festival definitely have a great lineup. Also, helpful for tips for traveling in March and April.

    • The New Orleans Jazz Festival is one of those bucket lists events that everyone should have on their list :D Definitely looks like a pretty solid line up this year!

      Glad you enjoyed the post Mary – I hope you have an awesome March & April :)

  4. Interesting options. Technically, I am going to Fiji in April, but we won’t get to leave the airport. The stop made the flight the cheapest option to get from NZ to LA.

    • Well maybe next time! Funny how sometimes throwing an odd layover in the mix makes for a cheaper flight. I had that a few years ago flying home to Australia from Africa – it was cheaper flight wise for me to spend 7 days in Dubai!!

      Well I probably didn’t need to spend that long of a layover but it made for a good excuse :D

  5. I would think any of these destinations would be a winner for sure. Our eldest daughter Willow is constantly going on about japan and the cherry blossoms. One day I tell her we will go or you can get old enough and take your dad. For myself, the jazz festival in New Orleans would be the go and a visit to bourbon street.

    • Absolutely Mark – any of the above would make for a great March/April trip :) It’s such a gift that you’ve given your children a sense of wanderlust and curiosity about the world. I think if more children were to grow up with a passion for travel we would live in a much more tolerant world!

  6. Las Fallas in Spain sounds like my cup of tea. Sadly, I’m all committed for March, so Spain will have to wait until summer!

    • Let’s be honest though, Spain is a pretty amazing destination all year round :D Have an amazing trip Amy!

  7. If I could take some time off work in March or April, I wouldn’t be able to decide between cherry blossom and jazz festival… After all, it might be a good thing that I can’t go on holiday right now :)

    • Why not go Cherry blossoms this year and the Jazz Festival next … two years of travel plans already sorted out for you :D

  8. I’d love to see the cherry blossom, though with severe hayfever it’s probably not the best idea :-) Can I add Brazil to the list…it’s now out of peak season and much quieter as well as relatively dry. Great list, New Orleans is definitely on mine too!

    • Ah, I’ve been lucky enough not to have had to deal with hayfever in a while so I’m not sure how the cherry blossoms would affect someone who does … you’re probably right that it wouldn’t be the best idea though.

      Great tip on Brazil – we aim to travel in out of peak season for each of our trips, and haven’t yet been to Brazil, so will definitely add this to my list of potentials for 2017!

      Thanks for the tip :)

  9. This is an amazing round up and I always have New Orleans on my list. I won’t make it this year, but good to know when the Jazz festival is so I can try for next.

    • Thanks Tonya! So glad you enjoyed the post. Maybe we’ll see you at the Jazz festival in 2017 :)

  10. I’ll definitely add a vote for the cherry blossoms in Japan. In various years we’ve been to each of the cities you mention and a few others. It only lasts a few weeks but is so much fun!

    • I just read your post on Kyotos best sakura viewing, so I figured your vote would be for the cherry blossoms :D! I loved all of the photos you posted from Kyoto – makes me want to head back to Japan!

  11. Hi, I’m Justin Vidamo and I’m the owner and photographer of your Patagonia picture you posted. I’m glad you liked it. Can you please follow proper attribution to it? I didn’t license it so I can promote my work using creative commons license. Thanks.

    • Hi Justin, thanks for reaching out :) Photo credits for the post are listed at the bottom under my authors bio, and this links to your photo and credits you as the photographer of the Patagonia picture.

      Please let me know though if you would like me to edit the attribution, or link to a website instead of your Flickr account. I would be happy to do so straight away.

      And thankyou for the use of your photo under Creative Commons – you have fantastic photos :)

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