Spring is just around the corner now – it officially begins here in the Northern Hemisphere on the 20th march – and I for one cannot wait. Winter has been long, cold, dark and not very travel-filled for me.

Spring brings with it better weather, less rain, lighter days and also my birthday! Woohoo! My birthday is on the 22nd March and for the past few weeks I’ve been busy trying to decide where I want to spend my birthday this year. I haven’t spent my birthday at home for the past few years and it’s become a little tradition that I absolutely love. Last year Thomas whisked me off to Paris for my birthday and it was pretty much the best birthday ever, so it’ll be seriously difficult to top that.

Since I’ve spent so much time looking for the best places to go to kick off spring in the best way, I thought I’d better share my research with you lovely people too…

Milan, Italy 

I’ve travelled extensively through Italy and have visited pretty much all of the major cities in the country except Milan, so it’s only fair that I visit it too sometime soon.

I have this vision in my head of Milan being this uber-fashionable city with perfectly groomed Italian people absolutely everywhere. I guess it’s time to visit and see whether this is true or not!

Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a city that I’ve always loved and I have some great memories of travelling there with some amazing people, seeing the sights, going to crazy flat parties and a whole host of other great things.

Spring in Berlin is still pretty chilly, although nowhere near as harsh as winter can be there, and the days get longer making it a great time for exploring.

Plus, if you’re looking for an inexpensive break Berlin is pretty perfect. Flights there tend to be pretty cheap and there are some gorgeous hotels in the city at much lower prices than you’d find the equivalent in other major cities. Yay for that!

Madrid, Spain 

The temperatures in Madrid are pretty darn good in spring, especially compared to cold and wet Scotland.

Madrid is also a city I haven’t actually been to yet, despite my best efforts. My mum and I were supposed to go there two years ago on a little mother-daughter trip and unfortunately we had to cancel it at the last minute as my mum was unwell.

I’d love to go and explore the elegant boulevards and gorgeous architecture of the city that I’ve lusted over in photos.

I’ve heard from several people who’ve been before that spring is the absolute best time to visit Madrid, so when I do eventually visit I’ll be sure to do it in spring!

Barcelona, Spain

I’ve visited Barcelona in spring before and thought it was a great time to visit this city, one that I love so much. It wasn’t as busy as it can be in summer, the weather was still pretty great and hotel and apartment prices were so much cheaper than they are at the height of the season.

If you’re thinking of visiting Barcelona then I think spring or autumn are definitely the best times to do so.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

So flights to Amsterdam seem to be pretty darn cheap most of the year from the UK, but especially in spring making it the perfect time to jet on over to the The Netherlands.

I visited Amsterdam in spring before and took a day trip to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, said to be the most stunning spring gardens in the world and I totally believe it.

More than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths fill over 32 hectares with colour and fragrance and it is the most perfect place to wander round on a dreamy day out of the city. Even if you’re not a keen gardener (I’m certainly not!) you can’t help but admire the expanse of flowers, designs and colour here.

This year the gardens are open from the 24th March to the 16th May.

Where are you planning to visit this spring?