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Best places to travel in April 2022

If you’re looking to go on safari, April is the best month to tiger-spot in India’s national parks, where you’ll also see a supporting cast of elephants, deer, and birdlife. For a coastal escape, you’ve got your pick, including Mexico’s Mayan Riviera and secluded Maldivian islands.

If you’re seeking adventure, this is the time of year to take an in-depth tour across Vietnam or explore the highlights of Morocco at their best. But, of course, April is also a month of festivities around the globe, from the Festa di San Marco in Italy and cherry blossom celebrations in South Korea to Caribbean regattas and music festivals.

1. India

As India’s central plains warm through February and March, the water sources dry out. By April, animals are drawn from the jungle to larger lakes, making this the best month to spot a range of Indian wildlife.

Spend a few weeks on safari in some of the country’s national parks and sanctuaries, and you might spot a leopard relaxing in the bough of a tree, a sloth bear lurking in the shadows, or the star of the show — the Bengal tiger. Herds of elephants and deer roam freely while jewel-toned birds flit between the trees. This is also the season for seeing clouds of butterflies and the red blossom of the aptly named flame-of-the-forest tree.

  • Don't miss: On the Tiger's Trail in India's central parks

  • Flight time: 8½ hours (New Delhi)

  • Time difference: UTC +5:30

  • April Temperature (Day): 9 to 42°C, depending on the region

  • April rainfall: 0 to 1192mm, varies by region

2. Australia

With plenty of sunshine and far less rainfall than the summer months, April is one of the best times to visit South Australia. The dry, clear roads make this a good time for a road trip across the region or for combining a stay in the Outback with wildlife spotting on Kangaroo Island. You could also go wine tasting in the Clare and Barossa Valleys, where the grape harvest will be in full swing.

Another option is to add on time in Western Australia, where you can take a boat trip to see (or swim near) whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef.

  • Don't miss: South Australia's wine & Outback self-drive tour

  • Flight time: 20 hours (Perth) or 24 hours (Sydney)

  • Time difference: UTC +7 to UTC +11

  • April Temperature (Day): 11 to 33°C, depending on the region

  • April rainfall: 0 to 200mm, varies by region

3. Morocco - Visited

A golden-sand coastline, serrated-ridge mountains, sun-blasted deserts and busy cities… Morocco has a huge diversity of landscapes. And in April, the spring weather is at just the right temperature to appreciate this variety of places at their best.

You’ll find temperatures in Marrakech are comfortable for exploring the souqs and historical sights of the medina and taking in the sunset from the tip of a dune as you stay overnight at a luxury camp in the Sahara Desert, with star-lit skies to follow. In the Atlas Mountains, the snow has melted, and the spring flora is in bloom, with daytime temperatures ideal for hiking.

  • Don't miss Marrakesh, mountains & desert tour.

  • Flight time: 3½ hours to Marrakesh

  • Time difference: UTC

  • April Temperature (Day): 14 to 36°C, depending on the region

  • April rainfall: 0 to 146mm, varies by region

4. South Korea

Japan may get all the attention when it comes to cherry blossom season, but it’s not the only country to celebrate the pink blossoms with aplomb. While the cherry blossom season is never guaranteed to fall over exact dates, April is the best time to travel to South Korea if you’re hoping to see the blooms.

The arrival of the blossom is celebrated with festivals across the country, from military band parades and music performances to seasonal markets. The weather is also pleasant across the country. It’s warm but not humid, making it ideal for hiking on Jeju Island, exploring Seoul’s streets on foot and sampling Busan’s street food on a guided tour.

  • Don't miss: A classic South Korea tour

  • Flight time: 11 hours direct (London to Seoul)

  • Time difference: UTC +9

  • April Temperature (Day): 15 to 18°C, depending on the region

  • April rainfall: 74 to 153mm, varies by region

5. Mexico

Temperatures in Mexico are picking up in April, making this ideal for exploring the beaches, cenotes (natural sinkholes), and towns of the Yucatán Peninsula. Inland, it’s still comfortable enough to explore the Mayan archaeological site of Chichén Itzá.

You could combine this with visits to lesser-known Mayan sites such as nearby Uxmal, dedicated to the rain god Chac, or Tutum, a temple site positioned to gaze out over the Caribbean Sea. Warm, calm seas lap the beaches of the Mayan Riviera at this time of year. You can also visit many of the riviera’s nature parks, which offer zip-lining, guided activities, and snorkelling.

  • Don't miss: Exploring Mexico's Yucatan: Mérida, Chichén Itzá & Tulum

  • Flight time: 12 hours (Direct)

  • Time difference: UTC -6

  • April Temperature (Day): 18 to 37°C, depending on the region

  • April rainfall: 0 to 393mm, varies by region

6. Italy - Visited

April is the month of romance in Italy when men offer a single rosebud to the women they love as part of the Festa di San Marco. As San Marco is the patron saint of Venice, the city celebrates with aplomb. If Easter week falls in April, this can also make it an exciting time to visit, with many towns and cities holding week-long celebrations. In Rome, many events are led by the pope.

April is also the start of the truffle-hunting season, which you could experience by joining a guided truffle hunt or by simply enjoying the range of seasonal truffle-infused dishes.

  • Don't miss: A Classic Amalfi Coast tour

  • Flight time: 2 hours 30 upwards depending on the airline (London to Rome)

  • Time difference: UTC +1

  • April Temperature (Day): 13 to 16°C, depending on the region

  • April rainfall: 30 to 100mm, varies by region

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