Best vacation ideas for April 2021
Where to go on vacation in April
In the Northern Hemisphere spring has officially arrived, making it the ideal time to witness the beautiful arrival of cherry blossoms in Japan or to go trekking through the Himalayas as the climate begins to warm up. You'll also find cherry blossoms in parts of China and South Korea at this time of year. The Middle East is ideal at this time of year - the heat has yet to reach its peak and so sightseeing around the ancient sites is far more pleasurable. It also means the Red Sea resorts are great for a beach break. The weather is still good across Central America with calm winds and only small showers before the climatic chaos of the approaching wet season.
If you're looking for a wildlife adventure, cruising the Amazon is a great option with high water levels making many more canals navigable by boat. The wet season in southern Africa means Victoria Falls is at its most impressive and it's whale watching season off the west coast of Sri Lanka. To help you plan a vacation for April 2021 we've put together some of the top destinations and experiences at this time of year as well as our guide to where's hot for a beach break and where to go for a wildlife adventure.
Best Festivals and Events in April
April is a month of renewal for many cultures, as the new lunar year begins and the season of spring breathes life into people and landscapes. It's a month of frivolity and reflection, though in other parts of the world it's a time to remember the tragic events of the past. Here are some of the best festivals and events happening in April each year.
Where? Countrywide, Japan
When? Throughout April
For a few days in April, most of Japan is decorated with delicate pink cherry blossoms and a sense of fun and optimism prevails. This is Japan at its most picturesque, with parks in bloom and ancient castles framed by pretty flowers. The Japanese will often picnic under trees, sharing food and drinks with friends and family. It's an extremely popular time to visit Japan so book early.
When? 13th-15th April 2021
April heralds the lunar New Year in many Buddhist countries, but Thailand's version of Songkran is the best-known. Over the course of a weekend, it's celebrated with parades of temple statues, traditional dance performances and playful water throwing. Similar water-based festivities are held in neighbouring Laos and Cambodia too.
Where? Gallipoli, Turkey
When? 25th April 2021
Every year on the 25th April, visitors from around the world flock to Gallipoli to commemorate the deaths of thousands of soldiers who lost their lives during the fateful ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) campaign during WWI. From the dawn service, to the parades held at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, it's an evocative time to visit Turkey.
Where? Thimi, Nepal
When? Dates TBC
Holi has become the best-known Hindu festival in the world, but in Nepal, little-known Sindoor Jatra is an equally riotous display of colour and merriment. A procession of over 30 palanquins are carried by male representatives of the local villages as crowds of people hurl vermillion powder at the parade. The highlight of the event is the arrival of Ganesha's effigy.
Best Beach Destinations in April
As temperatures continue to rise in the northern hemisphere and the southern half of the world sees temperatures start to drop, the best beach destinations are slowly moving north. April is a very transitional month, with unpredictable weather in the majority of places - the odd shower is common wherever you go, however, there's still a good offering of places that are great at this time of the year.
The Red Sea resort of Hurghada is brilliant at this time of year - temperatures are high but still on the comfortable side, the days are sunny and there's hardly any rainfall. The Red Sea can be combined with the incredible sights of ancient Egypt, from Cairo and the Pyramids to Luxor and its royal tombs.
The dry season is drawing to a close in the Maldives, so you can still find long days of sun in April. As the wet season approaches the heat and humidity rises but with an air-conditioned, beachside resort you'll be just fine. If you're looking to add a little culture to your beach holiday, consider tacking on a visit to Sri Lanka.
The Caribbean coast is a great choice of beach destination in April - it's the last month of the dry season and the weather is still ideal. Where better to enjoy it than Costa Rica? April is also peak nesting season for leatherback turtles, so you can relax on the beach and catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures.
If you're looking for a beach destination without the crowds, visiting southern Vietnam can be a great option in April. It's just after the high season with hot and humid temperatures but prices are better than in previous months and the crowds will be thinner. This is also a good time to visit the rest of the country.
Best Wildlife Destinations in April
April is a month of climatic transition as the rains of the wet season start to disperse, ushering in the dry season. In terms of weather this can be a great time to visit Africa as temperatures are moderate and there's not as much rainfall as in previous months. The landscapes are still lush from the rains so it's not necessarily the best time to be on safari but some destinations still offer a good wildlife experience.
It's the tail end of the wet season with rainfall starting to decrease with just a short shower in the afternoon. The scenery is lush and there's plenty of newborn animals around as well as migratory bird species so it's the perfect time for birdwatching. As it's not yet the peak dry season, prices are more affordable.
After the rains the wildlife-rich island of Madagascar is thick with luxuriant forest growth, making it incredibly attractive at this time of year. It's also the time of year when lemurs begin their courtship with males waving their tails at females and becoming extremely vocal in their attempt to secure a mate.
This may fly in the face of common convention but for keen photographers, or for anyone who wants a good collection of images to remember their once in a lifetime trip, April is a good time to trek for mountain gorillas. The overcast conditions of the rainy season create ideal lighting conditions for photography.
Here's a selection of our tours perfectly suited for travel in April, from the deserts of Jordan to the beaches of Vietnam.