If you want to go on a big adventure, such as a safari, Easter is a great time, as they pack out during the summer vacations. And it isn’t too unbearably hot either, so check out the likes of South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Kenya for this. Also not too hot, is Thailand's breezy Andaman's coast, which is family adventure paradise at this time of year. And the flights are much better value than at Christmas. Closer to home, this is also a great time to get active in countries like Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro, when the temperatures are just perfect for cycling into the hills, and the water just warming up enough for you to take a quick dip after a kayaking session. Peru’s Inca Trail and Amazon activity hubs are also open for business at Easter, if you really want to offer some extraordinary inspiration for the impending exam season. And depending on when Easter falls, Finnish Lapland’s winter season goes on until April, so always worth checking out your options there too.
May half term
Europe’s adventure hubs are all very much open for business in May. But, for something different, Vietnam is a good option as you are definitely missing the adventure tourists who start to arrive in their droves later in the summer. In the south of Vietnam, it is the beginning of the monsoon season, however it is usually only brief cooling showers, nothing worse, which is a relief during a humid day anyway. It is also a good time to explore Morocco’s Sahara before the extreme heat starts to kick in, and you could combine it with a trip to a Kasbah in the Atlas Mountains, as the snows will have melted by then. For a safari, consider Namibia in May when it is prime game viewing season in Etosha’s National Park. But do book early for this one.