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Spring Cheer!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Want to treat yourself to a peaceful holiday, where you can relax and unwind? Anindra Siqueira tells you how to get some R&R by taking a spring vacation to these destinations

The weather may have been a little erratic, but one thing’s for sure — spring is in the air! Whether you want to escape the humdrum of daily life, or just want to get away for a short break, we’re sure you don’t want to be bogged down by crazy tourists or push through throngs just to sightsee. Instead, visit these destinations, which not only shine during spring, but are also great places to visit! 

The U.S. Virgin Islands, Caribbean
When April

The U.S. Virgin Islands are considered to be America’s Caribbean Paradise. On the island of St. Thomas, you can soak in the sights and sounds of the carnival and join the parade. The food is something you shouldn’t miss. St.  John, on the other hand, has its own appeal. It attracts couples and nature lovers  with its beautiful parks and beaches.  

Vancouver, Canada
When April

Vancouver is a picturesque destination, which is known for its delicious, healthy food and its lovely atmosphere. You can indulge your adventurous side by mountain biking, hiking, white-water rafting and kayaking, but if you’re feeling a bit lazy, head over to the city’s beaches or parks for some R&R. Now is the best time to visit before the summer sets in.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When April

Once the carnival crowds shrink, Rio is actually quite a pleasant place to holiday at. You can hike through the Tijuca National Park or simply stroll along Santa Teresa’s cobbled streets. Or, you could even soak up some South American sun on Ipanema’s beaches.

Amsterdam, Netherlands
When March to April

There’s much more to Amsterdam than popular culture may have you believe. You can bike along the intertwining canals or simply laze around in Vondelpark. In March, the annual Keukenhof flower festival is something of an eyeful, with millions of flowers on display — you can wander through themed gardens or attend some of the festival’s flower shows. And don’t forget to check out the outdoor parties that are held to celebrate Queen’s Day in April.

Athens, Greece
When March

With its warm climate, Athens is a great place to visit during spring with its warm climate. However, it tends to get chilly, so pack a jacket just to be safe. The city boasts of some grand monuments that were built back in ancient times, as well as medieval churches. But, Athens also has a modern feel to it thanks to its museums and boutiques. The city is also home to a vibrant nightlife. One of Athens’ main attractions, however, is Acropolis, which offers historic remains and ruins.

Istanbul, Turkey
When May to June

If you love attending music concerts, head to Turkey. While spring is also a great time to visit, if you’re looking for warm weather, plan your vacation so you can escape the hot Indian summer. It’s not a very expensive country to travel to and you can catch local and foreign musicians at the Istanbul International Music Festival, which takes place around this time. There are also several sights to see in the city, such as the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, and the rich, appetizing food is mouth-watering.

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