- Fez: For years, Fez has been a mere shadow of the flashy Marrakesh, but that’s no longer the case, given the new rise of luxury hotels and arrival of new restaurants and shops. The best time to visit Fez is between September and April, before the deep heat of summer. Fez is the oldest of Morocco’s imperial cities – it is really three cities in one: medieval Fez el-Bali (Old Fez), thirteenth-century, Fez el-Djedid (New Fez), and the twentieth-century Ville Nouveau, built by the French. But Fez el-Bali is the main attraction – it is home to hundreds of markets, and workshops that have remained largely unchanged since the eighth century.
- Munich: In 2016, Germany commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot (Beer Purity Law), the 1516 legislation that dictated how Bavarian beer could be made, thus ensuring its exceptional quality in perpetuity. If Oktoberfest doesn’t appeal to you or the timing isn’t right, consider attending Munich’s Spring Festival (April 15-May 1), which isn’t nearly as crowded and coincides with better weather.
- Faroe Islands: Faroe Islands is a archipelago of 18 islands and has a lot in common with neighbors Scotland and Iceland. In cities and tiny villages throughout the islands, architecture blends Scandinavian minimalism with a colorful aesthetic that nods to the islands’ Viking heritage. The best time to visit these islands is early May to late July since the weather is most stable with long days and warmer temperatures.
- Tapei: If you decide to visit Tapei, you should consider Spring timing it – due to the amazing weather in this time period. This bustling Asian megalopolis averages temperatures in the 70’s until summer arrives. It is less expensive than Hong Kong and Tokyo, and garners some much-deserved attention as the World Design Capital for 2016. The thriving capital of Taiwan is a buzzing, highly cosmopolitan city. It is home to the distinctively 1,670-feet-tall bamboo-shaped skyscraper, peaceful parks are juxtaposed with clamoring markets, and cutting-edge hotels and nightlife spots pack in the glitz and glamour.
New Dublin, Old Dublin, or whichever Dublin you’re out to enjoy, you’ll find it to be an immensely entertaining city despite its intimate size. The city is overflowing with hotels, elegant shops, galleries, theaters, coffeehouses, and an amazing variety of new, creative little restaurants can be found on almost every street. This year – 2016 – is an extra-special year in the capital, as centenary celebrations of the fateful 1916 Easter Rising will dominate much of the cultural calendar. If Dublin is an option for you, it definitely should be one of your top picks of this years’ spring break destination.
Hey Australians – this one’s a local destination for you. No need to travel very far. And for all non-Australians – it’s worth the trip! It’s hard to imagine you haven’t heard of the Australian chatter this year – it seems to be on the cover of every travel magazine, but there’s so much more to it than Sydney, Melbourne, and the Great Barrier Reef. Adelaide has recently emerged as one of Australia’s most vibrant and exciting destinations. Its laid-back atmosphere enchants visitors with its world-class arts festivals, thriving culinary scene, abundant parkland, pedestrian-friendly downtown, and top-notch shopping.