The best things to do and places to go for Spring Break, whether you’re traveling on a budget, looking for the best beaches, or you simply fancy a bit of warm weather
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Our first suggestion for a Spring Break destination is Dublin. It’s long been associated with everything people think of as typically Irish: pubs, buskers, nightlife, friendly locals, and that mysterious, infectious energy known as “the craic”. From the huge Phoenix Park in the north of the city to the beautiful, quirky Iveagh Gardens, there are plenty of green spaces (naturally!), while Temple Bar and south to Portobello provides every sort of pub and club for getting to know the locals and fellow visitors. It’s the sort of city that people just want to come back to time and again.
For a more relaxing city break, Ljubljana is a great shout. The friendly, green, compact Slovenian capital has everything you’d want in a destination — history, riverside cafes and bars, interesting little nooks and crannies, a castle on top of an exhausting hill — but with an atmosphere that encourages you to take things as they come. There’s no reason to work out an itinerary, it’s just a matter of drifting from place to place, stopping occasionally to take in a view or refuel with a coffee, all the while feeling slightly jealous of people who get to exist permanently in this attractive, prosperous little corner of Europe.
Finally, we’re heading to Cagliari, an Italian city that’s not in Italy. Well, it is, but not on the mainland. It’s the capital of Sardinia, and when Sardinia was a nation unto itself, Cagliari was its powerhouse. It’s still clear today that this was an important place, its 13th-century walled city — the Castello — sitting atop a hill, surveying its maritime domain. Eventually, however, after you’ve explored the winding streets that tumble wildly down to the seafront, you’ll discover that all roads lead not to Rome, but to Poetto beach. It’s the place to be for relaxing during the day, and for partying at night. The perfect combo, eh?
We begin our North American selection with Tulum, on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. In contrast to the more heralded and (some would say) cliched Spring Break destinations such as Cancún and the like, Tulum is more for those who like a little bit of R’n’R with their revelry. Sure, there are beach parties and live DJs, but rather than raving all night, things tend to be more on the chill-out end of the musical spectrum. Plus, if you feel like adding a spot of culture to your trip, the nearby ruins just along the coast were once one of the foremost trading posts of the Maya civilization.
To the Caribbean next, and no, not Jamaica, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, or any of the other places you might automatically think of: we’re checking out Guadeloupe. Technically a part of France, it consists of six inhabited islands and a bunch of smaller, empty ones, and it’s quickly making its mark as an up-and-coming destination. The French-Creole fusion food is amazing, the beaches range from black, volcanic sand to a typically Caribbean blazing white, and you can go for all-in luxury or look at the budget end of the market. It’s not necessarily cheap, but with more than 5,000 apartments or rooms for rent, you’ll find somewhere to suit.
Finally for this section, let’s look at Sedona, Arizona, an option for outdoorsy types. Set in 1.8 million acres of national park land, its famous red landscapes are popular with hikers and mountain bikers, and you’re a relatively easy drive from the Grand Canyon to boot. If that’s not quite your thing, you can also head to one of the many spiritual retreats on offer: sleep beneath a wide bowl of stars amid the ancient rocks and spend your break meditatively before returning, refreshed, to the real world.
For a Spring Break experience in Asia, there are thousands of beaches and cheap places to stay, but we’ve decided to focus on just one, namely Canggu, Bali. This Indonesian town is a lush, green seafront destination with every type of accommodation on offer, from luxury villas to hostel rooms from as little as $6. The food and drinks are equally cheap, and with beaches that either host parties every night or are more for simply chilling in the evening sun, you’ll be able to choose exactly what sort of trip you fancy. During the day you can surf or swim, hang by one of the pools, discover the restaurants, or visit some of the local temples for a spot of local culture.
Chiclayo, Peru is our first South American selection, and it’s somewhere you might not have heard of. That’s a shame, as its parks and gardens are among the finest in the country, it’s the place to discover wondrous archeological sites of the ancient Moche people, and it’s got all of this while still being only 13km from some wonderful Pacific coast beaches. It’s not the most rock and roll town in the world, but that’s okay because you’ll get to feel more at home as you try the unique regional food, hang out with the locals, and generally spend time in warm, friendly company.
Let’s head almost directly across the continent now, and in Ilhéus, Brazil we find one of the country’s more modern cities, but still a pleasant place to spend your Spring Break. It’s built on a bunch of waterways — rivers, lakes, lagoons — and the oceanfront, giving it some attractive beaches and a city center that sits on a small hilltop overlooking it all. As an added bonus, the surrounding state of Bahia is famous for cocoa production, so you can be sure your sweet tooth will be catered for!
Finally, for a less self-indulgent Spring Break than a couple of those mentioned above, there are scores of volunteer programs that are always looking for people who want to give something back while having an adventure. A great example is the International Volunteer HQ’s Tanzania program. Projects including teaching, medical aid, child care, and women’s education are always looking for enthusiastic members, and the whole trip mixes authentic culture and unforgettable experiences. Combine your volunteering work with safaris, mountain treks, visiting Maasai tribes, or rewarding yourself with a week on the beach when you’re done!
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