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Water bungalows in the Maldive Islands

With the days growing longer and the air turning warmer, March is the perfect time of the year to travel. Whether you are seeking an early dose of sun or a cultured city break, these destinations are guaranteed to put a spring in your step.

With March still being part of the dry season in Maldives, and temperatures at a balmy high, this archipelago is the place to go if you are looking to soak up some sun. Whether you want to spend your days relaxing on a tropical beach with a good book, or are seeking out some underwater adventure, of which there is plenty to be had in the Maldives, the many islands here are bound to please. No two islands here are the same, and each one caters to a slightly different type of traveller, whether this may be passionate foodies or families with young children, so research beforehand is essential.

Cherry blossoms in Japan

Honshu, Japan
Japan’s springtime cherry blossoms are iconic, and while the subtropical province of Okinawa may experience this annual wonder early on in January, other Japanese destinations, such as Kyoto and Tokyo, are only transformed at some point in March. The blossoms only stick around for a few weeks, and there are dedicated websites that tell you the best spots to head to at the time.

Auckland, New Zealand
Each March, islanders from all over the Pacific gather in Auckland for the annual Pasifika Festival. The festival lasts for two days and is a great way to immerse yourself in the unique culture from this part of the world. From bustling markets and live music to Samoan-style roasted meats and traditional Polynesian tattoos, this is a great experience for those who are new to the Pacific.

Douro Valley in Portugal

Douro Valley, Portugal
Home to the first official wine destination in the world, Portugal’s Douro Valley boasts its very own microclimate, which is why the grapes that are grown here are so exquisite. Thanks to its unique location, springtime comes early to the Douro Valley, making March a great time to visit. In addition to the many winery touring and wine tasting opportunities, as well as exploring the picture-perfect landscape, a visit to the Six Senses spa is a must, as is a trip on one of the region’s Viking Douro River Ships.

Reykjavik, Iceland
Although many destinations around the world will have thawed out by March, Reykjavik will still be sporting plenty of snow and ice. However, March is when the days and nights begin to balance out here, making it a great time to visit. Not only does the extra daylight give you more time to explore the area’s attractions, but the fact that there are still plenty of dark nights means that you have a high chance of being able to spot the famous Northern Lights.

While certain destinations may be incredible throughout the year, these five spots really come alive in the springtime. From the cherry blossoms of Japan to the tropical islands of the Maldives, each of these destinations are well worth considering if you are planning a getaway for March.

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