For those with an eye on getting away from it all in March, we have some good news: Easter comes late this year – 16 April to be precise – along with the accompanying school holidays and jacked up prices. All you have to do is figure out your destination of choice… Here are our top places to travel in March. The daydreaming starts here.
If you’re looking for an idyllic, long-haul destination this March, consider a trip to Vietnam. This is the time of year when the heavy blanket of humidity lifts and sparkling sunshine promises the driest month of the year. Whether you’re looking to sun yourself on the southern beaches, trek the mountain landscapes of the north or sip cocktails in the French colonial city of Ho Chi Minh, March offers the ideal climate. Expect plenty of fresh and delicious Asian cuisine from this mighty country too.
A push from the Philippines tourist board over the past few years has opened up the world’s eyes to this often overlooked yet astoundingly beautiful region of South-east Asia. This archipelago of tropical islands offers jewel-coloured seas, powder soft sands and picturesque paddy fields further inland. There are almost too many islands to choose from. Take your pick from choice destinations such as Boracay, the ultimate holiday island with Happy Hours that begin at midday and last through to the evening; Bohol, famed for its lush hills and spectacular coral reefs; and Palawan with its unspoilt nature and famous limestone cliffs.
If you’re less of a beach bum and looking to prolong the magic of a white wintry wonderland, head to the picture perfect village of Chamonix, nestled in the mountains below Mont Blanc. Although the hard-core winter sports enthusiasts will have migrated to colder climes, Chamonix still sparkles under a dusting of snow. At this time of year, you can combine a gentle ski session with an alfresco lunch and you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding quality accommodation. If skiing isn’t really your thing, try your hand at snow-shoeing to soak up the scenery or ride the cable car up to the Aiguill de Midi to enjoy breath-taking views over Italy and Switzerland.
Cape Town and the Garden Route come into their own during March when the tail-end of the rainy season fades away to reveal the lush stretch of natural vegetation that lines the Western Cape. As well as verdant forests, the Garden Route offers a landscape of rocky coves, natural lagoons and sandy beaches where nature-lovers can get lost in their own personal Eden. In addition, Cape Town is at its best at the end of the summer – the climate is cooler and more manageable whilst remaining warm and sunny.
For an excursion a little closer to home, head to Morocco’s Atlantic Coast where the mild winter will have just come to an end. Rainfall during this part of the year will ensure that from mid-March, the coast is lush and green whilst temperatures crawl up into the twenties. The beach resort of Essaouria offers a bohemian ambience with souks, art galleries and fresh-off-the-boat seafood to keep visitors entertained. Plus, you’re but a short drive from the captivating culture of Marrakech and the sand dunes of the Sahara, should you fancy a camel trek or a night in a Bedouin tent under the stars.
Wherever March may find you this year, don’t forget to book the right travel insurance for your trip. Medical Travel Compared offers a handy comparison tool with access to a wide range of reputable insurers, so that you can find the best plan for your circumstances with minimal hassle. Some of our insurers also provide cover for those with existing medical conditions – just be sure to read the small print, before you pick your policy.