The lesser-known Tulum, Holbox is a beautiful and affordable island just off the Yucatan Peninsula. The weather is hot and dreamy this time of year so pack some flip flops and enjoy the sandy beaches as well as an amazing street-art scene for which the isla is also famous. The best news? You won’t be finding any spring breakers around here.
Caye Caulker, Belize
Just 15 minutes by plane from the busier Belizean town of Ambergris Caye, this tiny island is the perfect choice if you just want to relax. There are plenty of places to stay and eat on a budget so you can spend less time worrying about money and more time giving your friends fomo from your insane beach pics.
Ancient Kuelap, Peru
While everyone you know is trekking Machu Picchu, head to the ancient city of Kuelap instead. Although March is still technically summer (aka wet season) in Peru, it’s the very end of the rains so a pretty great time to be there. Kuelap is a place that feels frozen in time. From its mystical cloud forest to its pre-Inca ruins, this is the perfect spot to head to if you’re an adventurer at heart.
Skip the crowds in Marrakech and head for the low-key vibes of Essaouira. Lounge on the sand eating the fresh catch of the day straight from the sea in front of you and enjoy the sun in your face and the Atlantic breezes in your hair. Did we mention it’s cheap too?
March falls right in the middle of Palawan’s dry season, so it’s a perfect time to visit this idyllic island. From scuba diving to zip lining to lounging on the pristine sand, beach fans will love this magical and affordable spot.
Although Pokhara is the second biggest city in Nepal in terms of population, it is still very blissful and quiet, mainly used as a base for hikers wanting to explore the Annapurna region. The nature here, as with most of the country, is stunning and it’s a fantastic spot from which to check out the mountains.
Luang Prabang, Laos
Waterfalls, temples, caves and magical sunsets make Luang Prabang a definite bucket-list experience in Southeast Asia. The night market is a heaven-on-earth for bargain shopping and delicious local delicacies, and the old town is even a UNESCO World Heritage site!
Lahore is a diverse and vibrant city with delicious food, stunning architectural landmarks and many impressive art galleries. Local crafts are definitely worth checking out too – especially the amazing fashion!
While we can’t pretend that Spain’s capital city is ‘unexplored,’ it is a fantastic alternative to Barcelona, which tends to steal more tourists! There are plenty of budget hotels there to make your stay affordable, and the cultural lushness of the city is truly second to none in Europe. Don’t miss the free museums, a walk down the Gran Via and the city’s many stunning parks, which you’ll especially enjoy under the beautiful March skies.
Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An is the cheapest, most beautiful beach city in the world so basically there is nothing not to love here. The ancient city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the food is healthy and delicious and the vibe is a perfect mix of tranquillity and fun. Compared to the rest of the country, Hoi An has minimal traffic so you won’t spend valuable time stuck in a jam either.
While most of the Caribbean is bustling with tourists, it’s almost guaranteed that you won’t be battling with crowds on the Haitian island of Tortuga, despite it having what are quite possibly some of the best beaches in the world. There are no hotels and very few visitors on this tiny island (which you may remember being mentioned in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise). To get there, you’ll need to go by boat from the mainland.