Traveling in March is tricky. There aren’t many holidays that you can turn into extended weekends and it’s still cold and wet in many parts of the world. What many don’t tell you about travel in March is that it’s incredibly affordable to visit Europe and parts of South America since you’ll be ahead of the summer crowd, meaning that you can still get a budget-friendly international vacation while enjoying off-peak prices for activities, flights and hotels.
March is one of my favorite travel months because if you can tolerate rain and don’t mind packing a coat, you can easily stroll through Paris, London and Barcelona without breaking the bank. If you’re open to an international adventure this month that won’t leave you with buyer’s remorse, these three destinations will cure your wanderlust for a fraction of the price.
My first solo trip abroad was to London in March years ago, so speaking from personal experience, this is a great time to go. You’ll have to deal with rain since this is London after all, but hotels are a steal, attractions like the British Museum and the London Eye will be less crowded, and you’ll get there before the prices skyrocket for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. You can find flights currently for less than $500 depending on your departure city, and be sure to dip in and out of the chilly London weather by grabbing ramen at Wagamama.
With flights for less than $500 from many U.S. cities, March is a great time to tour a sprawling city like Bogotá. The weather is cool so be sure to bring a jacket, but with nice hotels available for less than $80 a night and countless museums, attractions and restaurants at your fingertips, you’ll be glad you visited this month.
Thailand is a budget-traveler’s dream thanks to its $2 meals, $10 massages and accommodations that are often less than $40 a night. Unlike other parts of the world, Bangkok is sizzling right now, so if you can handle the heat, flights to Thailand from the West Coast can be found for less than $500 while New Yorkers can get to Bangkok for less than $800. Coconut milk on a beach in Pattaya, anyone?