Published on February 21, 2019

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There is no better way to beat the winter blues than with an impromptu trip to a far-flung locale. Better yet, make it a destination that’s all about sun and warmth because, if you deserve anything right now, it’s a major dose of R&R, and preferably by the water with a cocktail in hand.

Not into the beach scene? There are plenty of exciting adventures awaiting you as well. From the mountains of Japan to the music-filled streets of New Orleans, the destinations ahead embody more than just a bullet point on your bucket list. Centered around important cultural moments during the month of March, highly anticipated hotel openings, or purely a product of a little wanderlust, these are the cities everyone will be looking to for a getaway unlike any other.

Read on for the absolute best places to travel in March and the inspired destinations you won’t want to miss.  

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Kyoto, Japan

March may mark the onset of sakura season all across the globe, but there’s one undeniable locale that puts all other viewing experiences to shame: Japan. Each year, as the cherry blossoms hit their peak bloom, travelers gather to soak in the beauty of what is known as hanami—the custom of watching these florals bloom. According to this year’s forecast, the cherry blossoms of Kyoto and Tokyo are set to peak around mid-March (around the 17th) and late April/May in the northern region of Hokkaido.

Can’t make it abroad? Go to Washington, DC, for a stateside experience.

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Melbourne, Australia

Head Down Under for an authentic taste of the best the Australian city has to offer. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival kicks off March 8 and goes well into the month. The festival is a celebration of the finest foods around, coupled with cameos by award-winning chefs, bustling food markets, and plenty of mouthwatering bites to boot. Right on the heels of summer, it couldn’t be a better time to go. Foodies, this one’s for you.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

We can’t think of a better place to celebrate Fat Tuesday than in New Orleans. The city is revered for its annual Mardi Gras parade, which draws major crowds from around the country. That said, if the idea of being cramped in the streets with thousands of inebriated bystanders isn’t your idea of fun, ditch the crowds and explore the burgeoning design scene of the city instead.

While you’re at it, check out the top 10 best places to eat in New Orleans.

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Valencia, Spain

Spain is notorious for its over the top festivals and fiestas, and the Las Fallas festival is high up on that list. Fireworks and street performances are the norm, lasting for more or less the entire duration of the month. The Spanish city is loaded with history, culture, and plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied. Need further convincing? Valencia is also world-renowned for its paella, prepared per tradition: in bulk and over a roaring fire.

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Dehli, India

Holi, or the “festival of colors” takes places at the tail end of March each year and is one of the more easily recognizable cultural experiences in the world. As the ultimate celebration of the start of spring, the festival is renowned for the vibrant powdered colors sprinkled in abundance. Predominantly celebrated in the northern region of India, each city offers its own unique take on the day.

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Saint Barthélemy

The French-speaking island, situated in the Caribbean is known for its pristine beaches and wide array of shops. Described as both “posh and unassuming,” St. Barths was one of the many islands affected by Hurricane Irma. As many of the hotels have reopened since, there is no better time to go and soak up all that sun and water.

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