April signals a seasonal shift across the globe, making it the ideal time of year for exploring ancient wonders, embarking on epic adventures and chowing down on fresh local produce.
So grab your passport and pack your suitcase for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that could see you travelling back in time in Jordan, snorkelling with marine iguanas in the Galápagos or stuffing your chops with chocolate in Belgium.
Two climbers pause to marvel at Mount Everest en route to Base Camp © Daniel Prudek / Shutterstock
… for adventure
April’s adventurous escapes are all about exploring the great outdoors, and it doesn’t get much greater than our globe’s mighty mountainscapes. Strap on your skis to tackle the 75-mile Haute Route which takes you from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn (or vice versa) covering some of the Alp’s finest terrain. For some equally stunning scenery swap your skis for hiking boots and hit the US’s Appalachian Trail – set off around late-April to avoid the log-jam of thru-hikers.
Springtime beckons the climbing elite to Nepal in preparation for the mid-May summit season. But you needn’t set your sights strictly on Everest’s peak to make the most out of this region – April is the perfect time to hike (amongst blooming flora) to Everest Base Camp. This is also an excellent time to explore South Africa’s 'all-rounder' KwaZulu-Natal, where you’ll find spear-like mountains, moving history and massive mammals.
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We'll take one of each... OK maybe two! © Cristian Puscasu / Shutterstock
… for food and drink
Loosen your waistband for this collection of food-focused escapades. This month’s theme: treat yourself! Park your bike amid burgeoning vines in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand and enjoy a tipple or two of the good stuff under the golden autumnal sun. Head to Belgium – the world’s chocolate capital – to soak up some European grandeur between mouthfuls of delectable sweet treats at the myriad iconic chocolateries.
A sensory explosion is waiting for travellers in Istanbul; wander through the intoxicating Spice Bazaars and once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy a feast of Turkish delights from simple kebabs to extravagant meze plates and luscious imam bayıldı (a stuffed aubergine masterpiece). Similarly glorious grub can be found back in the southern hemisphere in Australia’s Margaret River region, where you can wash down top-notch local produce like cheese, chocolate and honey with a delicious craft beer or fine wine.
Starting to salivate? Indulge yourself in April’s foodie adventures.
Walking in the footsteps of Rome's mighty gladiators © Marco Rubino / Shutterstock
… for culture
The culture vulture will find an eclectic array of getaways in April. Those looking for equal parts adrenaline-fuelled adventure and ancient wonders should head to either Rome or Jordan. Unleash your inner Indiana Jones in the Middle East with tours of Petra’s 2000-year-old rock-hewn city. While over in Rome spring temperatures allow for cool sightseeing and the chance to rub shoulders with gladiators at the Colosseum.
Balmy days can also be found in Melbourne at this time of year, but the city’s cultural offerings are really hotting up with the arrival of the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Fashion Festival, Food & Drink Festival and the world’s third-largest comedy festival. Starting to feel the heat? Cool down in Thailand during the Songkran festivities which invite epic water fights across the country.
Discover a range of cultural experiences for every kind of traveller.
A pair of iguanas basking on some rocks in the Galapagos © Kimberly Shavender / Shutterstock
… for wildlife and nature
Spring brings new life to the northern hemisphere with a brilliant bloom of flora. Top spots for the bucket list include Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan where you can catch the serene sakura (cherry blossom) season and England’s Lake District, tranformed by a blanket of bright-yellow daffodils. And with the added presence of newborn lambs gambolling over the quiet rolling hills, no wonder poet William Wordsworth described these landscapes as lyrical.
Over in the Galápagos Islands particularly calm and clear seas make for some epic wildlife encounters, including snorkelling with turtles, marine iguanas and curious sea lions. Palau too is paradise this time of year for lovers of the big blue as conditions are perfect for exploring this undersea Serengeti.