Spring Travel Inspiration: 4 Destinations to Explore This Season

Spring has sprung with new travel destinations to explore! While many people may have their goals for spring travel, it’s always more fun to explore new places. If you’re looking for inspiration on where to go this spring, here are four destinations worth considering: Fez, Chiang Mai, Oaxaca, and Cartagena!

Fez, Morocco

Fez is a fascinating and ancient Morocco city known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, bustling souks, and rich cultural heritage. You can travel back in time and visit the most extensive medieval complete tannery, Chouara! The tannery dates back to the 11th century when similar techniques are still used. You’ll find various stone vats filled with different colored dyes and white liquids, where the multiple hides are cleaned and soaked in the white juices, dried for several days, and then dyed with various natural colorants. You’ll find leather shops around the tannery where you can purchase the goods made a few steps away!

Stop by the UNESCO World Heritage site and Morocco’s best-preserved Roman ruins, Volubilis! Volubilis is the most remote outpost of the Roman Empire, with the Romans ruling the area for over 200 years starting in the 1st century AD. Today you can visit the archaeological site and wander through the remains of merchant homes, temples, and colorful mosaics.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand, is laid-back with stunning temples, delicious cuisines, and vibrant night markets. Chiang Mai has two main parts to know and explore: The Old City and the Modern City. Once, a large brick city wall and a wide defensive moat protected the Old City. The city’s layout was done to traditional astrological and religious principles meaning that every aspect was designed to appeal to spirits and gods so they would protect the city. Today parts of the city walls still stand, and other features have been rebuilt to make the area a leading landmark to visit. 

The food in Chiang Mai is unbeatable; from local street food to upscale fare, there are no terrible meals to be had! You can start at the street food vendors, ordering dishes and receiving fresh and hot food in just a few minutes.

Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca is a charming city in southern Mexico, known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, indigenous traditions, and delicious cuisine. Oaxaca is a perfect destination for foodies who want to explore Mexico’s culinary delights. It’s best to start your culinary journey at the bustling local markets, like the Benito Juarez Market, where you’ll find everything from exotic fruits and vegetables to artisanal cheeses and meats.

One of the most popular dishes in Oaxaca is mole, a complex sauce made with over 20 ingredients, including chili peppers, chocolate, and spices. You can try different types of mole at local restaurants or sign up for a cooking class to bring this famous dish home!

Cartagena, Columbia

Cartagena is a vibrant and colorful coastal city found on the Caribbean Sea. The city is known for its colonial architecture, lively street performers, and delicious seafood. The city’s historical center, the Old Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-visit destination for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts.

The Old Town’s narrow streets are lined with brightly colored buildings, flower-filled balconies, and ornate churches. You can spend hours wandering the cobblestone streets, stopping at cafes, shops, and galleries along the way! 

These destinations offer something for everyone, whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or a beach lover. So why try something new this spring and explore one of these beautiful cities? It’s time to pack your bags and book your next vacation with the travel experts at Thomas Hogan Vacations! With over 100 years of experience, you will be in the right hands to have the best vacation! You can complete our online inquiry form or contact one of our agents to start planning today!

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