March, April or May can be the perfect time to get on a plane and go somewhere fun. Take a look at these destination ideas. Most will be familiar, but how many have you actually seen? You could be in for a wonderful surprise.
LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney has visited most of these.
Why Fly Now
Depending on where you’re going, weather can be pretty good in March, April and May and since the big international crowds don’t usually descend until July and August, you may avoid long lines at attractions. Even better, when demand is lower, airfare prices tend to drop as well.
Tip: The best way to save on airfare is to compare prices. No single airline always has the best deals, and you won’t know which carrier has the cheapest price unless you compare.
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Cities in Asia
Bangkok: As one travel writer put it, “Sunny beaches, ancient temples, intense night life and a thriving modern city” make this one of the most popular destinations in the continent. More visitor information here.
Beijing: See the Forbidden City (Palace Museum), Ming Tombs, Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven, and don’t miss a side-trip to the Great Wall. We’re seeing more and more flight deals to Beijing from several international departures. More visitor information here.
Dubai: Check out the view from the Burj Khalifa’s observation deck (if you dare), sail around the Palm Jumeirah – a series of man-made archipelagos that looks like a palm tree – or visit a spice souk. Plenty of shopping opportunities, too, including the Mall of the Emirates where you can also find indoor skiing. More visitor information here.
Cities in Australia and New Zealand
Auckland and Christchurch: You don’t have to be a rabid Lord of the Rings fan to appreciate the sheer splendor of New Zealand; just take one of the Great Walks through “untouched valleys” or see emerald lakes, towering mountains, white beaches, vast waterfalls, volcanic landscapes and yes, you can visit film locations, too. More visitor information here.
Alice Springs: Some say this Australian town is like no place else on earth. Tourism officials call it the stepping-off point for outback adventures thanks to its proximity to the Red Centre. Do not miss seeing Uluru – Ayers Rock – the iconic sandstone rock formation which is especially glorious at sunset and sunrise. More visitor information here.
Sydney: There’s so much more to this cosmopolitan city than its famed Opera House. Take in the breathtaking views along the Bondi to Coogee Walk, climb the Harbour Bridge, stroll the Royal Botanic Gardens, eat in award-winning restaurants and explore Cockatoo Island. More visitor information here.
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia: Fly to Split or Dubrovnik (or take a ferry from Italy) and bike along the Adriatic, explore medieval towns, visit an island or enjoy a secluded cove. More visitor information here.
Dublin: One of the cheapest destinations in Europe, this beautiful city steeped in history is gateway to ancient castles, lively pubs and scenic natural wonders amidst all that lovely green. More visitor information here.
Scandinavia: Stay in a hotel made of ice in Sweden, visit a Viking market in Denmark or tour the fjords of Norway. If visiting Norway from December through March, see if you can catch the Northern Lights. We are seeing some good deals to Oslo as well as cities in Sweden and Denmark. More visitor information here.
Cancun: This Mexico resort city is immensely popular with U.S. Spring Break vacationers but it’s fun any time of year thanks to beautiful white sand beaches, great casual dining, a lively nightlife scene, plus it’s close to splendid Mayan archaeological sites. More visitor information here.
New York: This high-energy city boasts world renowned art museums, designer boutiques, cuisines of the world and so much more. Visit the Statue of Liberty, check out the West Village, wander Central Park or see the skyline from the River Café. More visitor information here.
NOTE: We could list hundreds of other wonderful cities but we only have so much space. If we missed your favorite destination, please tell us about it.