This blog post was updated on July 21, 2021.
For those of us who are sick of layered clothing, dry skin, and shoveling snow, the first day of spring (March 20) signifies, at least symbolically, the start of sun and fun. While winter may be still defiantly wagging its tail in some parts of the US, the improving weather over the next few months should provide a beautiful backdrop for some travel. Here’s our list of some of the best, and cheapest, places (both close to home and across the pond) you can defrost and cut loose this spring!
The Big Island
Whether it’s hiking up majestic active volcanoes, horseback riding through its green hills, swimming with dolphins, or sinking your toes into its black sand beaches, the Big Island has enough luxurious accommodation, entertainment, outdoor activities, and great weather to help you relax and rejuvenate, all without traveling too far away from home.
Say Aloha to your island adventure this spring with this cheap flight – you’ll say maholo to us later!
Often on lists as one of the cheapest and below-the-radar gems of Europe, we are massive fans of everything Lisbon has to offer. Blessed with a temperate climate throughout the year, you’ll be able to explore the historic waterfront of Belem, grab a few jaw-droppingly beautiful pictures from St. George’s Castle atop the hilly Alfama neighborhood, and drink and dance to your heart’s content.
Fall in love with Lisbon. Fly there for less this spring.
While the hordes of spring breakers will descend upon Cancun, there’s still a lot to discover and experience in our southern neighbor’s capital this spring. Dive into its colorful history at the Palacio Nacional or Templo Mayor. Stroll through its bustling markets and taste some of its groundbreaking fusion cuisine. Party with the locals in neighborhood cantinas or scream your head off at a battle between rambunctious luchadores. You’ll leave with a newfound love for the beautiful chaos that is Mexico City.
Go on, don’t miss out on what Mexico City has to offer. Get there now, andale!
What’s not to love about a city that looks right out of the pages of a fairy tale? With its Gothic architecture, towering church spires, and quaint old-world feel, Budapest is the perfect European getaway that is less crowded and more affordable than other glamorous big names on the continent.
For a postcard-perfect beach vacation, it doesn’t get any better than Hamilton in the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. The pink sand of Elbow Beach, tranquil turqouise waters, and a fun-loving population can all make for one unforgettable trip that’s only a few hours away from the US East Coast.
It may be hard to pronounce, but one of Europe’s most eco-friendly cities is also one of its most beautiful. Walk through the cobbled streets of its pristine old town, take in the impressive view from the clock tower of the 16th-century Ljubljana Castle, eat and drink with the locals during the spring-time open-air market that is Odprto Kuhna. At every turn, you’ll be amazed at the harmonious fusion of modern and medieval.
While Jamaica is known for its laid-back vibe, it gets even more chill when you visit Negril. The friendly locals know how to have a good time, and there’s plenty to do and see. You can feel the positive vibes at Bob Marley’s favorite hangout Little Bay, enjoy the glorious golden sands of the Seven Mile Beach stretch, and snorkel and scuba dive in its crystal blue waters. For a heavenly beach-side retreat this spring, Negril ticks all the boxes.
Jamaica sound like the place to make you feel irie? Go there now!
Where are you planning on traveling this spring? Do you know of any hot locations we should know about? Let us know in the comments!