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Best places to travel in April 2022

If you’re looking to go on safari, April is the best month to tiger-spot in India’s national parks, where you’ll also see a supporting cast of elephants, deer, and birdlife. For a coastal escape, you’ve got your pick, including Mexico’s Mayan Riviera and secluded Maldivian islands.

If you’re seeking adventure, this is the time of year to take an in-depth tour across Vietnam, or explore the highlights of Morocco at their best. April is also a month of festivities around the globe, from the Festa di San Marco in Italy and cherry blossom celebrations in South Korea to Caribbean regattas and music festivals.

Festivals and events around the world in April

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India

As India’s central plains warm through February and March, the water sources dry out. By April, animals are drawn from the jungle to larger lakes, making this the best month to spot a range of Indian wildlife.

Spend a few weeks on safari in some of the country’s national parks and sanctuaries and you might spot a leopard relaxing in the bough of a tree, a sloth bear lurking in the shadows, or the star of the show — the Bengal tiger. Herds of elephants and deer roam freely, while jewel-toned birds flit between the trees. This is also the season for seeing clouds of butterflies and the red blossom of the aptly-named flame-of-the-forest tree.

Tiger in Ranthambore National Park
Tiger in Ranthambore National Park

Australia

With plenty of sunshine and far less rainfall than the summer months, April is one of the best times to visit South Australia. The dry, clear roads make this a good time for a road trip across the region, or for combining a stay in the Outback with wildlife spotting on Kangaroo Island. You could also go wine tasting in the Clare and Barossa Valleys, where the grape harvest will be in full swing.

Another option is to add on time in Western Australia, where you can take a boat trip to see (or swim near) whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef.

Seals at Seal Bay, Australia
Seals at Seal Bay, Australia

Morocco

A golden-sand coastline, serrated-ridge mountains, sunblasted deserts and busy cities… Morocco has a huge diversity of landscapes. And in April, the spring weather is at just the right temperature to appreciate this variety of places at their best.

You’ll find temperatures in Marrakech are comfortable for exploring the souqs and historic sights of the medina and taking in the sunset from the tip of a dune as you stay overnight at a luxury camp in the Sahara Desert, with star-lit skies to follow. In the Atlas Mountains, the snow has melted and the spring flora is in bloom, with daytime temperatures ideal for hiking.

Errachidia Oasia, High Atlas Mountains
Errachidia Oasia, High Atlas Mountains

Italy

April is the month of romance in Italy, when men offer a single rosebud to the women they love as part of the Festa di San Marco. As San Marco is the patron saint of Venice, the city celebrates with aplomb. If Easter week falls in April, this can also make it an exciting time to visit, with many towns and cities holding week-long celebrations. In Rome, a number of events are led by the pope.

April is also the start of truffle-hunting season, which you could experience by joining a guided truffle hunt or by simply enjoying the range of seasonal truffle-infused dishes.

Gondolas on the Grand Canal, Venice
Gondolas on the Grand Canal, Venice

Mexico

Temperatures in Mexico are picking up in April, making this the ideal time to explore the beaches, cenotes (natural sinkholes) and towns of the Yucatán Peninsula. Inland, it’s still comfortable enough to explore the Mayan archaeological site of Chichén Itzá. You could combine this with visits to lesser-known Mayan sites such as nearby Uxmal, dedicated to the rain god Chac, or Tutum, a temple site positioned to gaze out over the Caribbean Sea.

The beaches of the Mayan Riviera are lapped by warm, calm seas at this time of year. You can also visit many of the riviera’s nature parks, which offer zip-lining, guided activities, and snorkeling.

Chichén Itzá, Mexico
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

The Caribbean

Across the Caribbean, April sees sunny skies and temperatures ideal for lazing by a poolside or taking a coastal stroll. There’s a slightly higher chance of rain, but this tends to make it a little quieter and hotels often offer some good-value deals.

This is a particularly good month to catch a Caribbean festival or event. Regattas are especially popular at this time of year, including Antigua Sailing Week, the Caribbean’s largest, and the four-day Bequia Regatta. Your stay might also coincide with a range of musical events, including Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival.

Eastern coastline, Barbados
Eastern coastline, Barbados

The Maldives

April is the final month of the Maldives’ dry season, with plenty of sunshine and little rainfall. It tends to be quieter than the peak months of February and March, making the islands even more peaceful, and many resorts offer multi-night discounts or dining offers.

The water visibility is also particularly clear at this time of year, making it an excellent time for snorkeling or diving. Most resorts will offer complimentary snorkeling gear and have an on-site dive school. We recommend picking an island with its own house reef you can swim to from the beach.

Clownfish, The Maldives
Clownfish, The Maldives

South Korea

Japan may get all the attention when it comes to cherry-blossom season, but it’s not the only country to celebrate the pink blossoms with aplomb. While the cherry-blossom season is never guaranteed to fall over exact dates, April is the best time to travel to South Korea if you’re hoping to see the blooms. The arrival of the blossom is celebrated with festivals across the country, from military band parades and music performances to seasonal markets.

The weather is also pleasant across the country. It’s warm but not humid, making it ideal for hiking on Jeju Island, exploring Seoul’s streets on foot and sampling Busan’s street food on a guided tour.

Gyeongbokgung Palace in the spring
Gyeongbokgung Palace in the spring

Myanmar

April’s hot temperatures aren’t ideal if you’re eager to hike, but it’s the best time of year to see Myanmar in full celebration mode. Country-wide, regional, and village-specific celebrations happen almost every day, and while festival dates can change rather sporadically, you’re likely to catch a celebration wherever you go.

You might visit at the same time as Thingyan, Myanmar New Year — it’s like a giant water festival as water is poured over people as a cleansing ritual. Many of the country’s rural communities celebrate their own annual festivals in April, too, including the animist tribes of the Kayah state, who come together to predict the fate of the coming year in a series of parades and music.

National Kandawgyi Gardens, Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay state, Myanmar
National Kandawgyi Gardens, Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay state, Myanmar

Vietnam

If you’re planning on an extensive tour across Vietnam, April is the best month for good weather across the country. In the north, temperatures are still cool enough to make hiking through the paddy fields of Ha Giang and Sapa comfortable, with clear skies for views across the steep-sided valleys.

The central region’s beaches are bathed in sunshine, and to the south, the rain-prone Mekong Delta is warm enough to make the occasional shower a refreshing relief. The Thay Pagoda Festival, commemorating the life of inventor Tu Dao Hanh, often falls in April and is celebrated with processions and puppetry performances across the country.

Rice terraces, Vietnam
Rice terraces, Vietnam

Ireland

April is the ideal time to visit some of Ireland’s highlights before prices rise and key sights get busy in May. You’ll be rewarded with quieter landscapes and will also catch the spring flowers in full bloom, which are particularly scenic around the lakes and peaks of Killarney National Park.

The roads should still be quiet enough to enjoy a leisurely driving route around the Ring of Kerry, and the weather conditions are optimum for a guided hike or kayaking tour across one of Killarney’s inky-blue lakes. This is also an excellent time for seasonal produce, best appreciated on a guided food tour or Irish whiskey- and cheese-tasting evening.

The Kerry Cliffs, Ring of Kerry
The Kerry Cliffs, Ring of Kerry
Travel Ideas in January

Places to travel in January

As Christmas slopes into the distance, journeying to find some sun is an appealing prospect for January. We recommend beach time on a Caribbean island, a secluded Cambodian archipelago or Vietnam’s sandy shores. It’s also summer in Australia, a season celebrated with outdoor cinema screenings, festivals and sporting events.

In Africa, the January rains break the Kalahari heat and the quenched plains spring to life. Journey to Botswana to watch new-born zebra take their first steps, as migratory birds feast on the fresh grasses. If you’re after cooler climes, temperatures in India have cooled enough to make exploring its fortress cities comfortable. Or, embrace winter in Paris, where crisp, clear skies showcase the monument-filled skyline and fewer visitors make for an ideal Louvre museum experience.

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Travel Ideas in February

Places to travel in February

Whether you’re wrapping up warm to experience wintry activities like a troika (sleigh) ride in Russia, or looking to escaping the colder temperatures at home with a cruise along the Nile under sunny skies, February can make an excellent time to travel. A safari in Tanzania gives you a chance to see new-born antelope take their first wobbly steps, while warm temperatures in Argentina make it an ideal time for trekking in Patagonia.

We’ve shared some of the most popular destinations to visit in February below, as well as a few countries that you may not have considered, where you can visit key sights without the crowds.

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Travel Ideas in March

Places to travel in March

As winter turns to spring across the Northern Hemisphere, Japan’s blooms start to emerge, and milder temperatures coupled with the showings of early plum blossom make it a good-value time to travel here ahead of the peak season. Portugal also begins to warm, making it a good time for coastal hikes and city sightseeing without the summer crowds.

In South Africa, the wine harvests are in full swing and Kruger wildlife is at its healthiest among the fresh, green vegetation following the rains. Warmer temperatures and sunny skies show the beaches of Sri Lanka and Morocco at their best. Meanwhile, cooler climes in New Zealand makes March an excellent month to explore, with quieter walking trails, near-empty coastlines and a good chance of sunshine.

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Harrismith Beach, Barbados

Places to travel in April

If you’re looking to go on safari, April is the best month to tiger-spot in India’s national parks, where you’ll also see a supporting cast of elephants, deer, and birdlife. For a coastal escape, you’ve got your pick, including Mexico’s Mayan Riviera and secluded Maldivian islands.

If you’re seeking adventure, this is the time of year to take an in-depth tour across Vietnam, or explore the highlights of Morocco at their best. April is also a month of festivities around the globe, from the Festa di San Marco in Italy and cherry blossom celebrations in South Korea to Caribbean regattas and music festivals.

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Travel Ideas in May

Places to travel in May

Across the northern hemisphere, May brings spring blossoms, sunshine, and warmer weather, but the summer crowds haven’t arrived to most destinations. In the southern hemisphere, the rains are ending and the weather is starting to cool down a bit.

If you want to get outside to enjoy the ample sun, you might hike in Scotland, look for wildlife in US National Parks, or take a water safari in a mokoro canoe in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. It’s also a popular time for festivals, whether you’re in Venice to watch the mayor pledge himself in a symbolic wedding to the sea, watching jazz performances in Saint Lucia, or sampling single-source organic chocolate in Belize.

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Herd of elephants in South Africa

Places to travel in June

The solstice at the end of June brings long days to destinations in the northern hemisphere, making it an excellent time to get outdoors. You can roam through Canada’s wilderness, hike in Germany’s Black Forest or soak up the sun in the French Riviera.

This is also a popular month for festivals. For example, Greece’s Athens and Epidaurus Festival lets you watch ancient plays performed in ancient venues, while in Peru, you can attend a festival celebrating the Inca sun god, Inti. The month also marks the end of the rainy season in places like Uganda and the Zanzibar Archipelago, where you’ll find well-watered landscapes bursting with life, but mostly sunny skies.

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Travel Ideas in July

Places to travel in July

July gives you many destinations to consider if you’re looking to experience them in their prime. Explore the great outdoors while the sun shines in the US’s northern states, Austria or Switzerland. Balance beach relaxation with culture or wildlife in Costa Rica, French Polynesia or Vietnam. Or, in Kenya, be among the first of the season to see the Great Migration herds arrive as they make their frenzied crossing of the Mara River.

July is also one of the only months you can cruise the Arctic or hike in the mountains of Ladakh. And, in Japan, you can escape the summer humidity in the Japanese Alps.

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Mirissa Beach, Sri Lanka

Places to travel in August

Many destinations are ripe for a summer break in August. For a trip focused around wildlife, consider a safari in Tanzania, which experiences its dry season, a trip to Borneo to see turtles hatch, or a visit to Brazil’s Pantanal for a shot at seeing a jaguar.

Elsewhere, beaches are at their best on Sri Lanka’s north and east coasts, Iceland’s interior has thawed out ready for you to explore on foot and by superjeep, while northern Australia is dry, sunny and comfortably warm for hikes. Alternatively, you might like to soak up the culture in Luxembourg or the Netherlands, stay on a hacienda in Ecuador’s countryside or enjoy a family escape to Mauritius.

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Lion, Etosha National Park

Places to travel in September

Whether falling in autumn or spring, September can showcase countries at their most scenic, from the green, lamb-dotted valleys of New Zealand and the wildflower-coated countryside of Argentina to Russia’s rust-hued city parks.

In Canada, the salmon run sees bears gather for a feeding frenzy along British Columbia’s rivers. Bhutan’s clear skies are ideal for hiking among its mountains, while similar conditions in Bolivia make for excellent photography around its salt pans. Spain and Turkey are pleasantly warm without the crowds of summer. And, in South Africa, you can combine regions while they’re at their best. It’s also an excellent time for seeing Namibia’s wildlife and stargazing among its desert dunes.

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Amalfi coast, Italy

Places to travel in October

Whether you’re looking for spring blooms, autumnal foliage or prime wildlife-viewing opportunities, you’ll find plenty of destinations to choose from if you’re planning to travel in October. Below are just some of the places we feel are at their best at this time of year, along with our suggestions on the best things to do there.

You could make the most of excellent hiking conditions in New Zealand, go whale watching in South Africa, or indulge in fresh produce during harvest time in Vietnam, Japan or Italy. And, in many of our chosen countries, you’ll be visiting outside the busiest times of year.

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Travel Ideas in November

Places to travel in November

Sunny beaches in Thailand, wintry cities in France and blazing foliage in Japan — you can choose from a wide variety of destinations if you’re planning to travel in November. Below, we’ve selected some of the best places to visit, as well as some suggestions of what to see and do while you’re there.

Popular cities in Europe empty out, giving you free run of museums in France, Spain and Italy. Crowds also thin in Peru, so you’ll have more elbow room to enjoy Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Thailand and Vietnam both have sunny weather suitable for a beach break, while Morocco’s hot temperatures decline, making it a great time to explore the main cities.

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Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Places to travel in December

In December, you can relax in a natural hot spring in Japan before visiting snow monkeys that do the same, enjoy a private tour of the Louvre without the usual crowds or nibble king cake in Portugal. The month offers a wealth of options across the globe, so we’ve listed some of the most popular destinations. We’ve also suggested a few you might not have thought of, where you can take advantage of quieter cities to enjoy sights that are often very busy.

Hike through caves in Vietnam, ply the Amazon’s tributaries by boat in Peru or just relax under sunny skies in Australia or the Algarve.

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