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Where to Travel in April

Where to Travel in April

April is typically a great month to travel for many people. Easter often occurs in April and many schools offer their Spring Break during April. Like March, temperatures in many parts of the world are mild and temperate as the seasons change. If you’re looking for a lovely getaway, look no further than these destinations. 

Europe

Ireland: Just a short flight from America’s Eastern Coast and a short flight from most European countries, Ireland makes a fantastic destination in April. Ireland’s unique location bordering the Gulf Stream means the climate stays relatively temperate throughout the year. However, Ireland is alluring in April because spring is in full swing. Known as the Emerald Isle for how green the landscape stays year-round, Ireland takes it up a notch in April with greenery. During your visit, be sure to check out Dublin and the Guinness brewery. Then make your way to Cork to see the Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone which will give you the gift of eloquence. After some time in Cork, pop up to the West Coast and see the Cliffs of Moher on the way to Galway. Ireland is a driveable country and you can see so much in a short time. 
Pro Tip: Pair your pint of Guinness with a chocolate brownie. Best. Combo. Ever. 
Pro Tip 2: Ireland is a Catholic nation and most businesses are closed on Sunday. Plan your visits to shops and destinations accordingly. 

 Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

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North America

Austin, Texas: Austin is unlike most places in Texas. It’s extremely liberal and its motto is “Keep Austin Weird.” Austin is weird. In a good way. If you like warm weather, live music, and fantastic margaritas, Austin in April is the place for you. The later in gets in April, the hotter the weather, but it’s a great city. You can take a boat ride on the river or hang out and watch the bats fly from the Congress Street Bridge at sunset. Austin’s live music is legendary, but you can also find an amazing food scene. More than barbecue, Austin has fantastic ice cream, donuts, French food, and Irish pubs. The most well-known area of Austin is Sixth Street in city center, but  just south of downtown on the other side of the river, called South Congress, is a neat area as well with some unique spots and great trails and parks. All in all, you can’t go wrong visiting Austin.

 View from the Congress Street Bridge

View from the Congress Street Bridge

South America

Patagonia: While early April is a great time to visit Patagonia, Argentina shuts down the majority of Patagonia to tourists. The weather is simply too unpredictable. However, if you do visit Patagonia in April, you may have most of it to yourself. Another great reason to visit Patagonia in April is the wildlife. As the wind increases and howls on the tops of the mountains, the Patagonian pumas creep further down the mountains in search of prey. The high season is the summer months of January through March, so in April, you’ll find less expensive accommodations, more availability with tours, and a better experience for you. 

 Patagonia - Argentina: Photo by Bruno Camargo

Patagonia - Argentina: Photo by Bruno Camargo

Africa

Morocco: In Morocco in April, the weather is starting to warm up, but it’s not so dry and hot that it’s uncomfortable. Any city you choose to visit will be great this month. There’s the chance of showers as the winter rains haven’t subsided, but the major cities, Fez, Rabat, Casablanca, and Marrakech are wonderful destinations. You can explore the beautiful markets, eat amazing food, and even partake in some camel-riding or desert-camping. There’s so much to do and see in Morocco, you won’t be disappointed. 

 Marrakech - Photo by Annie Spratt

Marrakech - Photo by Annie Spratt

Asia

India: No matter what time of year you visit, most of India is hot. However, there are wet months to avoid throughout the country. If you're looking for a warm vacation, the southern parts of India, like Goa and Mumbai, are excellent choices. If you want to beat the heat, check out the northern locales near the borders with Bhutan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Darjeeling is a well-known location that stays cooler than southern cities. India is full of diversity with Buddhism, Islam, Hindu, and Sikh people and, of course, delicious food throughout the country. If you make it to the Golden Triangle (New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur), explore the narrow streets of Old Delhi, visit the Taj Mahal, and see the marble factories of Jaipur. No matter where you're from, there's something magical to discover in India. 

 Pop up flower market in Jaipur

Pop up flower market in Jaipur

South Pacific

Outback, Australia: The Outback of Australia covers parts of the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, and western Queensland. Beginning in April, the Outback starts its dry seasons, which is one of the best times to visit the Outback. With the proper vehicle, you can travel on unsealed (dirt) roads throughout the landscape, visit Uluru and Alice Springs, and hike some great places, like Kings Canyon. The best part about visiting in April is the ability to see some remaining waterfalls from the wet season. It's truly amazing to visit a dry, arid landscape and stumble upon an oasis with lush greenery and waterfalls. Because of the allure of water, you may also get glimpses of Outback wildlife at the watering hole!

 Ormiston Gorge

Ormiston Gorge


April is a fantastic month to travel anywhere in the world. There are so many places that are warming up or cooling down, making the choices exciting and difficult for your April vacation. Happy travels!
 

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