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Springtime is a great time to get away - with milder weather, flowers in bloom, and brighter skies. If you're thinking about holidaying this season, here's our best places to go in spring. 

 

Kyoto, Japan 

First on our list is THE spring event – hanami. A natural phenomenon in Japan, hanami or the “cherry blossom festival,” welcomes the celebration of nature. This takes place across Japan, but especially in the amazing gardens and palaces to be found in the city of Kyoto. When visiting this time of year, you'll see locals gather under blooming cherry blossoms for food, drink, songs, companionship and the beauty of sakura (cherry blossoms). 

 

New York City, New York USA 

With the bitter cold of the city gone for another year, New York softens and replaces what was a blanket of snow (more likely treacherous ice) or blossoming flowers in central park. A city known for weather extremes, Spring is the ideal time to wonder the streets and make the most of the museums, galleries and sights on offer without 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 always free on a Friday nights from 4pm til closing at 8pm so make sure to book your trip over a weekend.) 

 

Lisbon, Portugal 

Already an affordable city in comparison to its other European counterparts, Lisbon is the hidden gem of European city breaks, offering culture in the bucket loads at a fraction of the price of other European cities. The old centre is perched atop seven hills, its alleyways wind between colourful, centuries-old buildings  filled with restaurants, local galleries and boutique stores. 

Known for it's chilled out pace and lazy atmosphere – the best recommendation for Lisbon is to find a great café (our recommendation is Pasteis Debelem for the best Pasteis de Nata 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 fairy-tale like pastel-coloured villas and palaces to explore.  

 

Hoi An, Vietnam

Avoiding the tropical rainstorms of the summer and the surprisingly chilly 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 in the trading town of Hoi An.  

Divided by a series of canals, this well-preserved Town was a former trading port supplying goods all over the world to countries like Japan, China, India, The Netherlands and the France. This is clear to see in the cities melting pot of architecture, with hints of French colonial buildings and the iconic Chinese lanterns dotted on every street and alleyway. Whilst here, make sure to explore the town by bicycle and 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

Now you 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 this time of year.  

For the brave amongst us, surfing is a must with some of the best voted beaches for 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 activity that should not be missed is a visit to the Eden Project. Two giant domes are home to thousands of unique plant species with each area having it's own unique Biome. Don't leave without finding the Eve sculpture, a living sculpture made from local Cornish clay as well as other local flora. 

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