Spring is one of the best times of the year to travel, allowing you to explore a new place without the intense heat and throngs of tourists that many areas experience during the summer. We have gathered together three spring hot spots around the world that truly stand out for offering a once in a lifetime experience.
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
For nature and animal lovers, Tofino is a fantastic destination to visit in the Spring, and its main attraction will not fail to take your breath away. Each year, from March to October, 20,000 whales pass through the waters just off of Tofino, with a whale-watching festival lasting nine days to mark the start of the season. There are many whale watching trips, enabling you to see the magnificent creatures up close, but you can also view them from the beach, as there are resident whales that spend all spring by the coastline. Tofino is also a surfer’s paradise, with its huge breakers and empty beaches. Rainforest trails, wildlife experiences, and sea sports are more of the exciting things that Tofino has to offer.
You are likely to have seen photos of the magnificent cherry blossoms in Japan, but they don’t compare to actually witnessing the beauty of these blossoms first hand. The blossoms start to bloom in April, although it is usually later in other parts of Japan. Once fully bloomed, they only last a week before they fall to the ground, and many say that the most beautiful views are in the final stages. Sapporo has thousands of cherry blossom trees, and the Japanese have even named the art of blossom-gazing as ‘hanami’. Sapporo also has other attractions, such as the Sapporo Beer Museum, and plenty of places to eat and drink, making it an ideal springtime destination.
Whitsunday Islands, Australia
The great barrier reef is one of the seven wonders of the world, and when it comes to the optimum time to visit the area, there is a small window in the spring when rainfall is low, meaning that the water is clearer and the diving conditions are better. If you have never dived before, you can also explore the reef by boat, seaplane or helicopter. The beach is also not to be missed, as the sand is 98% pure silica, meaning that it reflects heat, staying cool under your feet, and making a squeaking sound when you walk on it. Whitsunday islands also has the only commercial airport on the reef, making your trip easier to plan. Other than the reef, Whitsunday Islands are a great place to relax, as the 74 tropical islands are deserted, apart from accommodation options ranging from budget to complete luxury.
The summer season is the busiest one in the travel industry, and not only do prices for transport and accommodation always increase, but the crowds of tourists you end up sharing your destination with can sometimes take some of the magic away from your overall experience. These spring hot spots are perfect for visiting at this time of the year, giving you more flexibility when planning your trip, as well as a standout experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life.