Some countries take spring more serious than others. The Japanese, for example, consider the blooming of the sakura (cherry blossom) a sacred time. The entire country is overwhelmed with a kind of jubilee feeling for months. There is a blossom report that appears to be more important than the weather forecast.
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The beautiful season, which is often seen as a symbol of new beginnings, offers a lot more than pretty flowers. The rising temperatures lure keen explorers to destinations with extreme adventures. As nature comes to life, opportunities for recreational activities such as sailing, hiking, zip lining, camping, and mountain biking become ever more popular.
Daylight saving time is in full effect and days are longer, which gives you more time to explore places at a time when they are showing their true beauty. There is no reason why colorful parks, striking natural attractions, woodlands, and small quaint towns shouldn’t be all around you.
In the spring, many under-the-radar destinations offer the same level of excitement for all kinds of travelers – from students to families – without crowds or high prices. They, too, have an impressive nightlife and offer peace of mind.
Europe has several breathtaking spring destinations. You’ll be able to save some money because peak times for exploring the “Old Continent” are in the summer. Airfares from the U.S. are around 30 to 40 percent cheaper this time of the year.