The 8 best travel destinations in March 2022

UPDATED: This article was originally published in January 2018

You’ve decided you want to travel more this year (good for you), but you’re struggling to choose your next destination. Surely there’s an easier way than trawling through endless travel magazines and guidebooks to find the answers, right? There’s ours ultimate travel guide month by month comes in: your digestible list of places to visit, things to experience and great weather to chase around the world.

This time shine a light on March! European frosts are starting to thaw, South America is starting to warm up, and year-round destinations like Hong Kong and Dubai offer easy travel rewards. Whether you’re after rum tasting in Cuba, gondola rides along Venice’s many canals, colorful chaos in India or spotting orangutans in Borneo. Here’s your guide to where to travel in March.

1. Chile

Torres del Paine National Park

Photo taken by Paul Cashman

Eerily long and thin, this glider of South America offers a breathtakingly diverse range of natural scenery. From the red Mars-like plains of the Atacama Desert to the icy blue glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park. It is also home to cosmopolitan hubs such as Santiago with its emerging food scene and Valparaiso with its ties to Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda and lively street art exhibitions.

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March marks the start of Chile’s first shoulder season (March to May and September to November). The crowds in Patagonia have died down, the Lake District is ready to impress and in the wine country it’s time for the grape harvest, bringing traditional Vendimiasor vintage festivals. Don’t forget to take a ride on Chile’s cable cars, they are cheap, fun and can provide beautiful landscape views.

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2. Cuba

Vintage cars at sunset in Havana

Photo taken by Cliff Bielawski

More than cigars and vintage cars, this Caribbean giant is a vibrant mix of history, culture and cuisine. Learn all about the pivotal role Che Guevara played in the revolution, salsa dance the night away at Trinidad’s famous Casa de la Musicabask in Soroa’s quiet beauty and enjoy strolling through the pastel-colored streets of Havana. Don’t forget to try a few of Cuba’s other specialties too, including rum (of course), coffee and honey.

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Longer, sunnier days, more manageable temperatures and less chance of rain all play their part in attracting travelers to Cuba’s Caribbean shores this time of year. During the dry season it is especially important to try to book in advance to avoid disappointment (if at all possible).

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3. Dubai

The Palm Islands in Dubai

The Palm Islands in Dubai

Few of us will admit that we think of Dubai as just a stopover, a place to stop on the way to your final stop. But at Intrepid, we firmly believe in the philosophy that: it’s the journey, not just the destination. So if Dubai forms part of your trip, embrace it! March is also a good time to go as temperatures have yet to peak and rain showers are few and far between.

Want to know what to expect from this surprising and opulent city? Take tours to man-made islands carved like tropical palm trees, enjoy awe-inspiring views from the great heights of the Burj Khalifa, and lose yourself in one of the world’s most massive shopping malls. You can also take a trip back in time to the historic area of ​​Bastakiya, where you can explore its spice and gold souqs.

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4. Egypt

Balloon flight over the Valley of the Kings

Photo taken by Sian Parker

Step out of everyday life and into the captivating Land of the Pharaohs this March. Egyptian spring is on its way and dry days and daily temperatures of around 25°C can be expected. What better climate to go out and explore this country’s wonderful monuments, or sail down the Nile in?

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Get to grips with the mythology and mystery shrouded in ancient Egypt as you visit the Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza and the tombs of iconic rulers in the Valley of the Kings. Walk through the maze-like marketplace of Kairos’ Khan al-Khalili Bazaar; purchase of glass lanterns, jewelery and other traditional trinkets. You will also love the feeling of being surpassed by the two huge rock temples of Abu Simbel!

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5. Borneo

Baby orangutan in Borneo

Baby orangutan in Borneo

Are you obsessed with orangutans? Then Borneo, and especially Sabah, should be the next destination you cross off your bucket list. March kick-starts Sabah’s dry season, which means fewer visitors, lower levels of rainfall and increased chances of finding these gentle giants in their natural habitat. It is also an ideal time of year to sunbathe on the beaches of Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu and Sipadan.

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If you would describe yourself as a bit of a water baby, you’ll love the fact that March also brings with it whale season. Offering keen snorkelers the chance to swim in search of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. A hotspot for tracking these graceful beasts, Lankayan Island is great for diving among its rainbow-hued reefs and sunken shipwrecks from bygone eras.

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6. Hong Kong

View of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

Photo by Florian Wehde via Unsplash

Hong Kong is another one of those places, considered a stopover and not a destination in itself. But this bustling city gives you a fascinating window into what the future of modern China will look like. With its impressive skyline, its varied food offerings, its many museums and concert halls – you’ll wish you stayed longer than a few days, in no time!

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This vibrant city center is divided into many different neighborhoods, each with its own specialty and personality. Shop till you drop in Causeway Bay, dig into sophisticated cuisine in SoHo, embrace your inner hipster in Sheung Wan, try a craft beer or two in Kennedy Town and more. Apart from all this excitement, Hong Kong also has over 260 remote islands – with abandoned villages, challenging climbing opportunities and other worldly landscapes.

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7. India

Holi Festival in Uttar Pradesh

Photo taken by Deba Prasad Roy

Okay, you caught us. We’ve already recommended India as a great country to travel in November and December, but we’d be missing a trick if we didn’t mention it here as well. Why do you ask? Two words – Holi Festival. Holi, which officially heralds spring, is celebrated as such The festival of love across the subcontinent, and is one of the most colorful times in the entire Indian calendar.

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Join the locals in the streets as they shower each other with brightly colored powders and water. Watch out for Holika Dahan (wood and dung fire) burns as good triumphs over evil. Plus, try traditional festival treats like puran poli (a sweet buttery flatbread) and oh what (vegetable fritters soaked in thick Indian yogurt). It is a cultural experience not to be missed!

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8. Jamaica

Sunset view over Kingston, Jamaica

Photo Spirit/Shutterstock

Home to legendary reggae superstar Bob Marley, this Caribbean island is an exciting mix of unspoiled coastline, deliciously spicy jerk cuisine, laid-back lifestyle and fascinating Rastafarian religion. Hurricane season is over as the end of March approaches, temperatures are idyllic and breezy. Additionally, you will have successfully missed a ton of partying spring breakers.

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Enjoy relaxing in the refreshing turquoise pools that surround Mayfield Falls and uncover the myth of White Witch of Rose Hall, and watch brave divers skydive off the cliffs at Negril. Try your hand at the Jamaican’s native language (Patois), discover the secret recipe of local dishes that will impress your friends back home, and enjoy a rum cocktail or two at sunset in one of the many beach bars.

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Don’t want to travel in March? Don’t worry, here’s to the rest of the year

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Feature Photo C/O Cliff Bielawski.

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