Warming weather breathes life into our own backyard (the UKs countryside blooms), and also further afield – Europe, North America, Japan.
Much of the globe's already basking in sunshine: Africa's north coast, exotic Indian Ocean isles and closer Atlantic ones (Cape Verde, the Azores, Madeira) - perfect for sunworshippers wishing to escape the busier summer months.
Spring is one of the most beautiful times to visit Japan, as the country's iconic cherry trees bloom. Hanami (flower viewing) is an important custom, and daily forecasts predict when trees across the country will put on their show. As a rule, the southern regions blossom Feb-March, while northern Hokkaido waits until May; April is a good bet for most sites on Honshu, Japan's main island.
Pack a picnic full ofsashimito snack beneath the pink-petalled cherry trees. Tokyo, Nara and Nagoya are good spots; Kyoto, with its skittering geisha and abundant temples, is particularly romantic. Stay in aryokan(traditional inn), where you can sleep on futons and pad about in Japanese robes.
Wander not-so-lonely as a cloud in the Wordsworth-happy Lakes. Magnolia and rhododendron are in full bloom - not to mention those iconic daffodils (try the shoreline of Ullswater). Walk and bike trails will be quieter than in high summer, ideal for honeymooners (and poets).
Mid-April to June is classed as off season on this lush island state, so prices fall and beaches empty - ironic, as it's the best time in terms of good weather. Plus, you can watch humpbacks breaching off Maui (Dec-May) before they migrate north.
This chain of sand atolls in the Indian Ocean is great right now: high tourist season (Dec-Apr) is winding down so there are deals to be had but the weather's still fine (around 30°C). Home to masses of reef fish, the diving and snorkelling is out of this world.
Play Rhett and Scarlett in the USA's Deep South. Start in Savannah, where the leafy squares of the historic city - full of moss-covered oak trees and blooming azaleas - are best seen in spring. Make the most of the balmy temperatures to explore the state before it gets too sticky, and to channel Gone With the Wind romance.
The rolling sands and ancient cities of this Middle East treasure burn red for romance in April, with deliciously warm (but not stifling) climes and little rain. Camp out under the stars in Wadi Rum, roam the rock-carved city of Petra, float in the Dead Sea or dive and snorkel from the Red Sea port of Aqaba.
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