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Last minute vacation inspiration: where to go in March

Want to find the best cheap flights available in March? Or looking for some new destination inspiration? Here's our pick of the best places to go in March whatever sort of vacation you want:

Australia

Why you should go in March: Temperatures are comfortably high and crowd numbers are usually low

Cost from UAE to Australia: From around *Dh2,498 per person

What to do there

The weather in two of Australia’s most popular cities – Melbourne and Sydney – is in the mid-20s, making the country a perfect March vacation destination. Melbourne, especially, is great for families with plenty of markets, cafes, museums, aquariums, shops and parks dotted around every neighborhood. If you’re a fan of the outdoors, rent a car and some camping gear and head off on a road trip along the Great Ocean Road to the Grampians and pitch up. The calendar in the first month of Autumn in Sydney is a busy one. There’s the Art Month festival which includes exhibitions, talks, performances and open studios of some of the city’s best artists. There’s also the Sydney Royal Easter Show which is a great occasion for kids. Festivals aside, don’t miss visiting the Sydney Royal Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge, Taronga Zoo, and the beautiful Bondi Beach.

Where to stay

If you want great views and large rooms, book a stay at the Sydney Shangri-La Hotel in the lovely Rocks neighborhood, Sydney’s historic part of the city. All 565 rooms have stunning views of the city and harbor and all the amenities you could want. A room costs from around Dh1,000 per night. Opposite Melbourne’s Flagstaff Gardens is the four-star Oaks on William Hotel, which is in easy walking distance of other popular Melbourne attractions including the Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Zoo. Rooms cost from around *Dh446 per night.

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Take a road trip down the Great Ocean Road

Rio de Janeiro

Why you should go in March: March is the month of the infamous Rio Carnival, one of the biggest parties in the world

Cost from UAE to Rio de Janeiro: From around *Dh4,011 per person

What to do there

If Rio de Janeiro wasn’t already on your travel bucket list, it should be! The city, which is already a lively one, has an even bigger party atmosphere throughout and in the build-up to the Rio Carnival held each year in February or March. Around 2 million take to the streets to watch the carnival parades of floats decorated by the city’s 200-odd samba schools. The floats are taken very seriously and there’s a long list of rules the schools must follow before and during their presentations; this party is serious stuff! There are smaller street parties all over the city but the largest takes place outside the Sambadrome. If it’s the dancing you’re into, head to the Cinelândia Square in Rio’s Centro for the city’s biggest street dance.

Where to stay

The Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort is a contemporary hotel on Rio’s Leblon beach. It has great facilities, restaurants, wonderful views of the ocean (not all rooms have this view so book wisely) and offers good value for money with rooms starting at around *Dh827 per night.

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Rio de Janeiro Carnival

Mumbai

Why you should go in March: The incredible Holi Festival is in March, and some of the best Holi parties are in Mumbai. It’s also one of the cheapest months to visit India

Cost from UAE to Mumbai, India: From around *Dh616 per person

What to do there

Holi 2019 is on March 20 and 21 and is always guaranteed to be an amazing party. It’s a Hindu festival known as the ‘festival of colors’ (leaves your whites at home!) and celebrates the end of winter and the arrival of spring. It’s marked with bonfires, street dances, feasts and lots and lots of throwing colors! If you’re looking for other things to do in Mumbai, catch some cricket at the Oval Maidan then take a walk along Marine Drive, a huge coastal strip of high-rise hotels and fancy shops and home to the National Gandhi Museum. You should also check out the Gateway of India which is one of the most popular attractions in the city. Mumbai is a major train hub and you can reach almost anywhere in India from here. The train system can be complicated so make sure you buy the right ticket!

Read more: Beginner’s guide to Mumbai: places to visit and when to go

Where to stay

The Gordon House Hotel is a boutique hotel in Colaba with free WiFi and complimentary breakfasts. It’s very stylish, contemporary and affordable at around *Dh493 per night. For a real treat, stay at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, a Mumbai institution decorated with bright colors and traditional Indian furniture. Rooms cost from around Dh1,170 a night. Looking for more options? Read our article on the best hotels in Mumbai for every budget.

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Holi Festival, India

Kathmandu, Nepal

Why you should go in March: Around 9 hours of sunshine a day, with temperatures in the mid 20s

Cost from UAE to Kathmandu, Nepal: From around Dh971 per person

What to do there

Head to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, and take a helicopter ride over Mount Everest, shop for souvenirs in Durbur Square, the city’s main plaza, or take in all the activity at the Pashupatinath temple, a popular site for Hindus to go to die. Kathmandu is also home to the holiest Tibetan Buddhist site outside Tibet, the Boudhanath Stupa, which draws thousands of worshippers every day. If you want some rest and relaxation visit one of the city’s most peaceful places, the Garden of Dreams which has lots of water features and plenty of grassy areas to enjoy a picnic.

Read more: Best things to see and do in Kathmandu

Where to stay

The Hotel Yak & Yeti was the first international hotel to open when the country opened its borders to international visitors in the 1950s. The building, which also has beautiful and sprawling grounds, is a 100-year-old palace and is steeped in history. Rooms at the Hotel Yak & Yeti cost from around *Dh656 per night.

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Best places to visit in March: Kathmandu Nepal
Pashupatinath temple, Nepal

Cape Town, South Africa

Why you should go in March: The summer season in Cape Town draws to an end in March, so you might find hotel bargains, fewer crowds and cheaper flights

Cost from UAE to Cape Town South Africa: From around *Dh2,540 per person

What to do there

Cape Town has a perfect blend of contemporary city and stunning scenery. There’s some wonderful beaches along its coast, with Camps Bay and Clifton Beach being two of the most popular, as well as the cable car up the incredible Table Mountain (one of the most popular places to visit in Cape Town), which is home to indigenous animals and plants and offers excellent views over the city on a clear day. A tip: take a trip on the red City Sightseeing bus and tour the main sites in the city, and buy the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway ticket onboard to skip the long queues at the base of the mountain. Other popular things to do in the city, especially when the weather is good, include a visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his 27-year imprisonment, shopping and eating at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront which has a great mix of high-street stores and independent local boutiques (in the Watershed), and seeing penguins at Boulders Beach.

Read more: Top 10 things to see and do in Cape Town

Where to stay

Green Point is a nice place to be based if you like to walk around a city. It’s very close to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and feels very safe (in the daytime at least; tourists are usually told to avoid walking around the city late at night). Rooms at the Villa Zest Boutique Hotel cost from around *Dh435 per night and are all stylishly decorated and spacious, with open-plan en suite bathrooms and a 70s vibe! It also has a nice outdoor swimming pool if you feel inclined to swim.

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Best places to visit in March: Cape Town
Cable car up Table Mountain, Cape Town

Abu Dhabi

Why you should go in March: Enjoy an Abu Dhabi staycation before the temperatures creep up to scorching

What to do there

We know Abu Dhabi isn’t necessarily an exotic vacation destination but there’s plenty to do, and March is the perfect month to stick around and do it. If you’ve ticked off some of the usual Abu Dhabi attractions (Yas Island, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Emirates Palace, for example) why not consider of the more alternative activities the city has to offer? Check out a camel race at the Al Wathba Camel Race Track. The season runs until March 30, 2018, and there’s a great atmosphere in the last two weeks. Or go whitewater rafting at Wadi Adventure in Jebel Hafeet, a man-made water park with kayaking and surfing, and an Airpark with a sort of playground mixed with an assault course! There’s also the newly-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi which has a wonderful mixture of old masterpieces and contemporary art, as well as a children’s museum and shop. To see more of what Abu Dhabi has to offer, read our article on the 10 best things to do in Abu Dhabi.

Read more: Best beach clubs and private beaches in Abu Dhabi

Where to stay

The Corniche Hotel Abu Dhabi is one of the better cheap hotels in central Abu Dhabi, a short walk from the World Trade Center Mall and the Abu Dhabi Central Market. It has good amenities including outdoor pool, gym and restaurants. Rooms cost from around *Dh243 per night.

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Best places to go in March: Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Prices included in this article were correct at the time of first publication. Always check with the airline or online travel agent for the most up-to-date flight price.

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