Best Places to Travel in March

"A trip abroad can provide you with that much-needed winter sun."

December 2016 • Jules Verne

Best Places to Travel in March

With Easter falling relatively late this year, March promises to be the perfect month for travel, as many other holiday goers will be waiting for the school break. Although the weather can remain unpredictable at home, a trip abroad can provide you with that much-needed winter sun, with the added bonus of colourful flora and fauna, as well as some awe-inspiring cultural experiences. Whether you’re searching for a cultural tour, or looking to immerse yourself in natural beauty, our guide lets you in on the best places to travel in March.

Greece

Greece is a great choice for those who relish places steeped in history and culture. March is the perfect time to visit this fascinating country, as spring will have taken the edge off the cold, but the heat of the Greek summer will not yet have arrived. Instead, enjoy the soft spring sunshine as you discover ancient sites that feel as old as history itself, such as the Acropolis and the Oracle of Delphi. In anticipation of the celebrations that mark the country’s independence from the Ottoman Empire, there will be much to see of the country’s more recent history – on the 25th of the month, school flag parades will march through every town and a large military parade will fill the streets of Athens.

Bhutan

Tucked away in the Himalayas, Bhutan is often overlooked as a holiday destination - landlocked by China to its north and India to its south, this Himalayan beauty spot is the perfect choice for a getaway in March as the mountains foothills enjoy dry springs. To make the most of your stay, spend your time outdoors taking in the stunning display of the Rhododendrons. The country is also home to an estimated 770 different bird species and even more species of plants, making it an excellent choice for keen ornithologists. Although, even if nature isn’t top of your priority list, Bhutan’s spectacular surroundings and inhabitants are a simply breathtaking.

Iceland

Iceland, Norway, and Finland are popular destinations at this time of year. Spring takes the edge off the severe winter chills but there are still plenty of opportunities to catch the remarkable display put on by the Northern Lights. The aurora borealis is an elusive spectacle, but worth chasing, as it lights up the skies in ethereal shades of blue, green or purple. Sightseeing becomes all the more appealing in the slightly warmer climes, such as the stunning cobalt ice in the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón, or the culture of Reykjavik.

Malta

March is the ideal time to explore the heritage and history of Malta. Not only does spring adorn the island with lush verdant vegetation making it perfect for hiking and exploring, but there are also a wide variety of cultural events occurring across the islands. The feast of Saint Joseph, a national holiday, is celebrated on the 19thMarch, which sees colourful parades spread through the city of Rabat, culminating in a fireworks display which lights up the night sky across the island.

Cambodia

This idyllic country nestled between Vietnam and Thailand welcomes far fewer tourists than its ever-popular neighbours. With a distinctly unique spirit and charm, Cambodia has plenty of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. An excellent choice for those seeking warmth, as well as a rich cultural experience - Cambodia’s wonders include Angkor Wat, the jungle temple of Ta Prohm and the Terrace of Elephants. International Women’s day is also widely celebrated in Cambodia, and is marked with marches, gatherings and cultural events.

 

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