Everyone seems to go into a collective frenzy when the music festival Coachella announces its lineup each January. We get it, Beyoncé is making her post-twins comeback and Eminem, The Weeknd, Cardi B and Migos are all taking the stage during the annual tradition held in Indio, California, but with festival passes starting at $429 and prices for food, drinks and hotels through the roof, we’ve rounded up the 5 best trips you should take this April instead of dealing with the crowds in the desert.

Italy

Head to Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan just three months before the hectic and pricey summer season begins. The weather will be on the cooler side but not unbearable, flights to Italy are a steal, and the crowds are limited.

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Varanasi, India

Varanasi, like much of India, will likely be hot in April, but don’t let the warm temps keep you from exploring India’s spiritual capital filled with more than 2,000 Hindu temples. Varanasi is one of the oldest and most sacred cities and the world and believe me when I say you’d rather be in the heat there than in the heat with people wearing flower crowns.

Tokyo and Osaka, Japan 

Cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Tokyo and Osaka between March and April, which makes it a great and whimsical time to visit the bustling cities. Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ueno in Tokyo are the best places to see the cherry blossoms, just keep in mind that the season tends to draw crowds.

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Nicosia, Cyprus

The Mediterranean is lush and beautiful in the springtime and the beaches of Cyprus are just warm enough for swimming. Between the caves, monasteries and ancient castles, a trip to Nicosia will make you feel like you took a step back in time.


Harare, Zimbabwe

Nestled between the rainy season and the tourist season, April is a great time to explore the art, culture and nature in Zimbabwe’s capital city. Browse art at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, see wildlife at sanctuaries and reserves and enjoy a lively music scene in the underrated city.

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