Earlier this month, I wrote about the best things to buy in April.
Now let’s look at the best things to do in April:
Sell your stuff at a garage sale. The masses have an expectation that there will be a lot of garage sales starting in April. They’re in the mood to go to these sales and make it a part of their weekend morning routine. And spend their money on your junk.
Plant annuals. This is true for most of the Lower 48 states, though it might be a good idea to wait until May if you live in the extreme north. The key is planting after the last frost of winter. Most annuals don’t survive frost, unlike perennials, which tend to be heartier and can be planted as early as March and also in the fall.
Go to thrift stores. Sure, you can luck out and find a treasure at thrift stores any time of the year, but your chances are greater in the spring, when homeowners start cleaning out their attics, garages and closets and hauling their unwanted things to these stores. They often get very crowded with merchandise this time of year, forcing managers to mark down things, especially winter items. Be on the lookout for cashmere sweaters and wool hats and scarves.
Go to Cancun. Wait until the second half of the month, after spring break and before the largest crowds start to arrive in May. Because it’s technically off season, you can get good deals at many of the all-inclusive resorts. And if that weren’t enough, the weather is good – warm and dry but not yet unbearably hot and humid – and the mosquitoes haven’t yet come out to play.
Go to Southern Europe. If you want to save some money – and who doesn’t – April is a good month to go to Madrid, Athens or Rome. Not only will you save on airfare and hotels, but you’ll spend less time in lines at the tourist hotspots. The weather, while definitely cooler and rainier than in the summer, is mild and pleasant in this part of the continent in April.
Scuba dive in the Caribbean. If you talk with enough divers you’ll hear about wonderful dives they’ve had during every month of the year. But here’s a case for April: First, rainfall is low in April throughout the Caribbean, and that almost always means visibility is high because less rain means less rainwater washing soil into the sea. Second, with few storms in April, the sea is often calm. Third, the peak tourism season ends in mid-April, so if you go during the latter half of the month, you’ll save on airfare and lodging.
What things do you think are best done in April?