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Travel Tips for March Break

March 4, 2013
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That time passes by is true and something we can’t escape. Even if we want to stay in a certain moment longer, it’s just not possible – unless of course you find the magic nut that will take you back in time as you please.

So March is here and spring is coming – and there’s spring break. What have you planned to do for the week-long (or more) vacation? We plan to visit Berlin, it’s just close so 3 to 4 days would be really fine. If you haven’t decided yet and if tickets and accommodation are still available, here’s some travel tips for March break for you (although they are actually my personal picks).

Around Asia

Spring break is the best time to visit Japan. Do Hanami (flower viewing) and watch hanabi (fireworks) on display. Sakura (cherry blossoms) bloom around March to May and it is Japanese tradition to view them during this season. While you’re at it, join a hanami party and eat bento under one of them mesmerizing cherry tree in full bloom.

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under cherry trees (image via http://shewhoeats.blogspot.com)

Not being biased but March is a great time to visit the beaches of the Philippines as well. Beaches in Palawan, Boracay and Puerto Galera are the more obvious choices but Laiya in Batangas is fast becoming the new tourist destination. What with its whites sand beaches too and unadulterated blue waters, it’s a paradise worth going for a long travel to.

And yes, Panglao in Bohol, Bantayan Island in Cebu, Samal in Davao and Camiguin (no matter where) should not be off the list. But, I personally would love to experience a dive at the UNESCO World heritage site; the Tubbataha reef. And perfect too since it is most easiest to go there from mid-March to mid-June.

laiya, batangas
Acuatico Resort, Laiya, Batangas image via http://www.acuaticoresort.com.ph

In the U.S.

Washington D.C.’s national flower would also be cherry blossoms. Every year, on March 27, the city commemorates the friendship between Japan and the US with a festival very similar to hanami.  Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo donated cherry trees in 1912 to the US government on that day. Today, the event gathers photographers and enthusiasts all over the world for a view of thousands of blossoming cherry trees with either the Lincoln Memorial or the Washington monument and the Potomac river at the background. It’s the best time to get the chance to visit the White House, rather, get a good view of the lovely architecture, if you’re still into it, probably see America’s first black president.

 

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annual cherry blossom festival, Washington, D.C.
image via http://thefabweb.com/

Orlando and  Palm Springs, Florida; San Francisco and San Diego in California; Las Vegas, Nevada and Houston, Texas are some of my other choices. Definitely warm in those regions by March.

Somewhere in South America

Another World Heritage sight worth visiting come March is Peru’s Macchu Picchu. Well, it’s for history buffs like me and probably second only to the fact that a close friend of mine is from Peru. I would love to visit her hometown of Lima and explore the ancient site and practice my very little knowledge of Spanish, somehow.

ruins seen from Huayna Picchu

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Paraguay…ahhmmm basically all the cities down south are on my list… 😀 Just can’t get Peru off the top of the list!

Enjoying Europe

Paris, France; Venice in Italy, London in the UK, and any of Spain’s enchanting city would surely be the first picks but why not try any of Greece’s lovely islands first?

Mykonos, Crete, Corfu, Santorini and of course, had the strikes subsided, Athens are great choices. It doesn’t matter where, it just matters that it’s anywhere in Greece.

image via http://factspod.blogspot.com
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