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These 4 Bucketlist Destinations Are Cheapest In Spring

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The smartest travelers know that getting the best experience of a destination at the lowest price is all about timing. 

For instance, a summer trip to Barcelona or Paris will cost you a lot more than it would during the off-season, and you’ll be battling crowds.

If you time your traveling with the seasons, you can save yourself a lot of money and headache…

Maldives beach with beach umbrella and chairs

A recent report from luggage storage company Bounce analyzed hotel price data and fluctuations to reveal the cheapest and most expensive months to visit popular destinations.

According to this analysis, the coming months are among the cheapest times to book a hotel in the following trendy international destinations.

Since spring falls outside of countries like Thailand and Maldives peak tourist seasons, you are also more likely to score a deal on flights this time of year.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Lovingly nicknamed Thailand’s “jewel of the North”, this cultural hotspot falls on many seasoned travelers and nomads’ personal lists of favorite cities. 

Chiang Mai is a can’t-miss destination in Thailand if you desire to experience the best of Thai culture.

Colorful thai style fabric in the market, Thailand

From its ornate temples to the night markets filled with talented vendors selling all kinds of handicrafts, this city is the epicenter of the north.

Bounce’s data shows that December is the most expensive time to book hotels in Chiang Mai, while May is the cheapest–the latter offering savings of up to 73.5%

Though it may be less popular and hotter than visiting Thailand in winter, May is a good time to visit Chiang Mai for the following reasons.

If you arrive towards the end of April or in May, you’ll avoid high-season crowds and the unpleasant burning season.

From February-April in northern Thailand, farmers set fire to the fields, burning excess crops and creating smoky air pollution that obscures mountain views and can irritate your respiratory system.

By May, early rains usually wash pollution from the air, and farmers have completed their task, meaning cleaner air and lusher forests.

Aerial view at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple in Chiangmai, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

On the other geographical end of Thailand, we have one of the world’s most popular beach destinations: the iconic Phuket.

Overall, you’ll pay more to visit this island than you will in Chiang Mai, as it's a more touristy destination, but if you visit in May, you could save up to 73% on hotels.

If you’re looking for an indulgent beach escape in an exotic location, Phuket is your place.

You’ll find Instagram-worthy blue waters, an abundance of restaurants and spas, and your pick of everything from hostels to luxury hotels.

Plus, who doesn’t love all the delicious Thai food you can eat? 

Phuket offers excellent opportunities for fine dining and discovering Thailand’s diverse flavors and amazingly fresh seafood.

woman with hat phuket thailand

Cairo, Egypt

If you’ve always dreamed of visiting the great pyramids, you’ll be thrilled to know that Cairo hotel prices drop by 76% from February to July. 

While summer is too hot for most to enjoy the sights of this Middle Eastern gem, spring is an excellent time to visit.

Daytime temperatures are typically between 77-90 degrees, and tourist crowds are fewer.

Pyramids overlook Cairo Egypt

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If you’re traveling solo and are nervous about safety, there are a number of guided group tours you can register for to make sure you’re accompanied and accounted for.

Cairo is the heart of Egypt and home to bucket list attractions like the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza.

This exotic city also has a thriving culinary scene, lively nightlife, and exotic bazaars to spend the day shopping through.

cairo egypt street with pryamid in background

Malé, Maldives

Once an exotic destination only a few could visit, these stunning islands are more accessible than ever, thanks to increased flight connectivity.

Following its high season in winter, hotel rates in Malé drop by 85% between January and August.

These islands are impossibly beautiful and known for their iconic overwater bungalows, crystal blue waters, and diverse sea life.

You can fill your days here catching breathtaking sunsets, diving among coral reefs and shipwrecks, or lounging on powdery white empty beaches.

Added benefits to visiting the Maldives in spring include the best visibility for scuba diving and better swells for surfers as surf season runs from November.

bungalow villas in the Maldives

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