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Where to Travel in March

Written by
Jonny Humphreys, Emily Opie, Hanna Fischer, Jane Dumble & Kate Herz

March is usually a great time to travel to many places.

In a lot of regions, it’s the shoulder season, so you can expect fewer crowds but still fairly good weather conditions.

It’s also the time for tons of festivals around the world. Here are our experts’ top picks of where to travel in March.

Beaches
Vietnam
Hot Air Ballooning
Sri Lanka
Grape Harvest
Chile
Safari
South Africa
Island Hopping
Australia
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Trekking, beaches and festivals in Vietnam

March is the driest month of the year in Vietnam, so it’s a great time to go exploring the incredible country. You can trek in the north and relax on the beaches in the south, all the while enjoying fewer crowds. March is also a great time to experience some great festivals – dates differ every year though, so it’s worth checking in advance.

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Hot air ballooning in Sri Lanka

March in Sri Lanka is particularly great for ballooning, due to the clear and warm weather conditions. Every year at the end of March, the Sri Lanka Hot Air Balloon Festival also takes place. It’s a special chance for ballooning enthusiasts to fly over the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka during a time of perfect weather conditions and see the country’s dramatic landscapes from the air. People on the ground also get to witness the colourful and unusual variety of balloons from all over the world floating across the sky above them.

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Harvest time in the Chilean Wine Region

The end of February/early March marks the beginning of the harvesting season in the Chilean Wine Region and lots of towns have vendimias (harvest festivals) to celebrate. It’s a great time to go and taste wines from small and large vineyards alike and experience everything the various festivals have to offer, from grape stomping to lots of food sampling. In fact, March is also a nice time to go further south into Patagonia as well – the autumn weather and changing colours show this vibrant and dramatic landscape at its very best. Plus, you can expect fewer crowds at this time of year, giving you the perfect natural escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Cycling and Safari in South Africa

The annual Cape Argus Cycle Race (the world’s longest timed race) takes place in mid-March in Cape Town. Now going for 40 years, it originally started with 25 cyclists and now attracts 35,000 (weather permitting!) who cycle 109km in one go. For cycling enthusiasts, it makes a great excuse to travel to Cape Town, and it combines well with a safari in South Africa. The weather is great  and there’s still the possibility to stomp grapes in the late harvests happening in the winelands!

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Kangaroo spotting in Australia

In March, the temperature starts to cool down slightly and the wine regions and beaches are less crowded. What’s more, the islands will be less crowded, meaning you can get a better look at the kangaroos and enjoy a more relaxed holiday experience.

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Culture and city life in Madrid

As spring falls on Madrid, its parks burst into life and the whole city begins to open up. In a city where people really know how to live, longer evenings and balmy days mean spending your days exploring the vibrant art scene, sumptuous belle-époque architecture and wonderful markets, and your nights feasting on tapas and dancing till dawn.

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Wine and wellness in the Douro Valley

Whether you’re after an indulgent wine-focused experience, or some spa-central rest and relaxation, Portugal‘s Douro Valley is the place to head for. Tour vineyards and sample the delights of the world’s first formally demarcated wine growing region, or retreat to the spa at the luxurious Six Senses, surrounded by soul-reviving greenery.

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Epic adventure in Iceland

Get your adventure fix and then some in Iceland. This is a great time to see the magical Northern Lights, as well as being perfect for quad-biking and super jeep exhibitions as the days are lengthening and the snow is still around. And if that’s not enough, delve into the magnificent ice caves and visit Europe’s largest glacier, the Vatnajökull Glacier.

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Culture and cuisine in Buenos Aires

Argentina‘s buzzing capital city is a fantastic destination all year round, but at this time of year you’ll get a milder fall as well as avoiding the tourists. Immerse yourself in the blossoming restaurant and bar scene, alongside a myriad of galleries and museums. Don’t leave without trying a classic Argentinian steak, and trying your skills at a Tango lesson.

Talk to one of our experts today and start creating your perfect March getaway.

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