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Best places to travel in spring
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Best places to travel in spring

Ellena Morgan
By Ellena Morgan - 5 minute read

With mild weath­er, flow­ers in bloom and bright skies, spring is a great time to get away. If you’re think­ing about a spring vaca­tion in the North­ern Hemi­sphere between the months of March and May, these are our top destinations.

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto in japan is one of the best places to visit in spring

First on our list is THE spring event – hana­mi. Oth­er­wise known as the cher­ry blos­som fes­ti­val’, this nat­ur­al phe­nom­e­non occurs in Japan, and is when locals cel­e­brate nature. This takes place across Japan, but is espe­cial­ly amaz­ing in the numer­ous gar­dens and palaces that can be found in the city of Kyoto. When vis­it­ing at this time of year, you’ll see locals gath­er­ing under bloom­ing cher­ry blos­soms for food, drink, songs and com­pan­ion­ship — and sim­ply to admire the beau­ty of saku­ra (the cher­ry blossoms).

New York City, USA

New York skyline, park and yellow taxi cab.

With the bit­ter cold of the win­ter gone for anoth­er year, New York soft­ens and the blan­ket of snow (and treach­er­ous ice) is replaced by blos­som­ing flow­ers in Cen­tral Park. A city known for its weath­er extremes, spring in New York is the ide­al time to wan­der the streets and make the most of the muse­ums, gal­leries and sights on offer. We love New York at any time of the year, but these activ­i­ties become even more spe­cial when you’re not melt­ing from the heat of sum­mer or turn­ing into a human pop­si­cle dur­ing the win­ter months!

Start the day by vis­it­ing the MET Muse­um, fol­lowed by the Amer­i­can Muse­um of Nat­ur­al His­to­ry and then the Muse­um of Mod­ern Art (MoMA). (Bonus tip: the MoMA is free to local res­i­dents on the first Fri­day night of the month from 4pm til clos­ing at 8pm, so con­sid­er ask­ing your home swap part­ners if they’ll reserve you a cou­ple of tickets.)

Lisbon, Portugal

Houses and streets in Lisbon, Portugal

Already an afford­able city in com­par­i­son to many of its oth­er Euro­pean coun­ter­parts, Lis­bon is the hid­den gem of Euro­pean city breaks. Offer­ing cul­ture by the buck­et-load, you’ll find that many attrac­tions and din­ing-out options are very pock­et-friend­ly (and com­bine this with a home swap, and it real­ly is an afford­able vaca­tion option!) The old cen­tre is perched atop sev­en hills, with alley­ways that wind between colour­ful, cen­turies-old build­ings, plus restau­rants, local gal­leries and boutiques.

Known for its chilled-out pace of life and relaxed atmos­phere, our top rec­om­men­da­tion for Lis­bon would be to find a great café such as Pasteis de Belem, where you can try a Pasteis de Nata (one of the best egg cus­tard tarts you’ll ever taste) and watch the city go by. If you do have time, a day trip to Sin­tra is an absolute must. Around 1‑hour out­side of Lis­bon, this moun­tain­ous, forest­ed-coat­ed ter­rain is stud­ded with fairy­tale-inspired pas­tel-coloured vil­las and palaces.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Yellow house with green windows and blue shutters in Hoi An in Vietnam

Avoid­ing the trop­i­cal rain­storms of the sum­mer and the sur­pris­ing­ly cool win­ter, spring is the ide­al time to vis­it Viet­nam. A thin, long coun­try vary­ing dras­ti­cal­ly in ter­rain, tem­per­a­ture and cul­ture from north to south, our rec­om­men­da­tion would be to set­tle some­where in the mid­dle, like the delight­ful town of Hoi An.

Divid­ed by a series of canals, this well-pre­served town was a for­mer trad­ing port sup­ply­ing goods to coun­tries such as Japan, Chi­na, India, The Nether­lands and France. The result­ing influ­ence is clear to see in the city’s melt­ing pot of archi­tec­ture, with hints of French colo­nial build­ings and icon­ic Chi­nese lanterns dot­ted around every street and alley­way. Whilst here, make sure you explore the town by bicy­cle, and don’t for­get to vis­it the sur­round­ing trad­ing towns such as the pot­tery vil­lage of Thanh Ha and the fish­ing vil­lage of Thanh Nam for a unique insight into local life.

Cornwall, UK

Cliffs and sea, birds in the blue sky and the Eden Project, all in Cornwall UK

Now you prob­a­bly won’t be trav­el­ling to the Cor­nish coast for some spring­time heat (although Corn­wall is notice­ably ahead of its oth­er British coun­ter­parts in shak­ing off its win­ter coat), but this delight­ful coast­line in the south west of Eng­land has a lot to offer at this time of year.

For the brave amongst us, surf­ing is a must, with some of the best beach­es in the UK. For the less adven­tur­ous there’s also a heap of great walk­ing and ram­bling routes on offer for every kind of abil­i­ty. What­ev­er your pref­er­ence for out­door activ­i­ties, one option that should­n’t be missed is a vis­it to the Eden Project. Two giant domes are home to thou­sands of exot­ic plant species, with each area hav­ing it’s own unique bio­me. Don’t leave with­out find­ing Eve, a liv­ing sculp­ture that has been made from local Cor­nish clay as well as oth­er local flora.