The best places to travel in spring 2017
Great weather, cheaper fares and less crowds – these are just a few of the reasons why you should travel in spring.
There's so much to love and so little to hate about travelling during the Australian springtime. First off, it follows a period of cold, so it's a pleasant present to yourself for surviving another winter. It's also smack bang in the middle of the school holidays, so if you have little ones you want to take on a long trip, it works a treat.
For many destinations, spring (or autumn in the northern hemisphere) is also shoulder season, with optimal weather conditions sans the summer breakers. October is also one of the quietest travel periods on the calendar, so you can also expect fares to plummet due to lack of demand.
Now, where to go? The world is your oyster, but if we had to recommend a few standout places, these would be it.
The best places to travel in spring
1. Best for the beachy keen: Europe
The European summer tails off after August but many resorts don't officially close up shop for the season until the end of October. This includes hot Mediterranean and Aegean favourites like Greece, Croatia and Malta, which stay relatively hot in September and October.
While not peak summer festival season anymore, festivities and events still run strong in September and October. October is also shoulder season for Mediterranean cruises, so you might be able to find budget sailings. Bear in mind though that smaller cruises may not operate during these months.
What's on: Oktoberfest (16 September-3 October), Frieze Arts Fair, Halloween (31 October), Christmas markets (end November).
2. Best for the adventurous: India
India is the thing that bucket lists are made of. It is a world of colour and architectural wonders. Depending on where you're planning to travel, you may have to tweak your dates according to its seasons.
Generally though, October is one of the better months to hit up the country as it's the end of monsoon season and the beginning of winter so it's not too wet and not too hot.
India also has a number of festivals throughout September and October, including Diwali, the beautiful festival of lights, as well as Mahatma Gandhi's birthday.
What's on: Diwali (19 October), snake boat races (September), Navaratri (21-29 September), Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti (2 October).
3. Best for a shopping holiday: USA
Whether you're headed to the west coast for some fun under the LA sun or the east coast to paint the Big Apple red, the US has your vacationing name on it.
In New York, autumn brings with it that beautifully golden fall foliage. Make the most of it with a run or a bike ride through Central Park. Spring is also the time to hit up the shops as Black Friday and Cyber Monday arrive just after Thanksgiving bringing with them some of the best sales of the year.
What's on: Halloween (31 October), Thanksgiving (23 November) and Black Friday (24 November).
4. Best for the luxury traveller: New Caledonia
October to April is peak cruising season and Australia has more than its fair share of nearby islands on the horizon for you to sail off to.
Between Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji and Maldives, New Caledonia is in peak condition to welcome tourists throughout all three spring months. During the spring months, the humidity is not so high, the rainfall is low and the season hasn't quite heated up, meaning you won't have to deal with throngs of tourists.
What's on: Blackwoodstock (22 September), PGA Tour Australasia (12 September), Heritage Month (September) and Carnival (16 September).
5. Best for a romantic break: Thailand
Thailand reaches peak weather conditions late-spring following the monsoon season that runs from July to October.
Spring is just outside the Australian wedding season, which runs from September to November. If you're tying the knot this spring but haven't booked that honeymoon, there's still plenty of time to make Thailand your honeymoon destination.
It's affordable, home to the world's best beaches and is still in the low season until the December school holidays start.
According to the latest Skyscanner data, flights from Canberra to Phuket in November are 36% cheaper than the average cost throughout the year making it a bargain worth snatching.
What's on: Loi Krathong (3 November), Bangkok's International Festival of Dance and Music (September-October), Centennial Memorial Day of Koh Si Chang (19-20 September).