Most people get a vacation for three weeks. Often, it gets overwhelming to make a decision about where you should spend your precious and well-deserved holiday from your daily routine. Not only you will be using your annual holiday which you have been looking forward to but you are also spending your well-earn money. Hence, choosing the destination of where to go travelling for a 3-weeks holiday is an important decision.
Personally, I like to go to one place to maximise my 3 weeks and avoid wasting my time at airports or bus terminals. If that’s not the case, I would choose a region where 2-3 countries are bordered by each other or just a short 1-2 hour flight. In this way, not only do I save time from transportation but I also get to really learn about each place and relax instead of packing and moving all the time.
In this article, I will list the best 3-week holiday destination I went to. Don’t worry, I made sure to list places that offer different activities and cultures to give you plenty of choices depending on what you feel like doing. If it’s your first time travelling or travelling alone, check out our safety travel tips article.
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3-WEEKS HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS (pinned map)
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WHERE TO GO TRAVELLING FOR 3-WEEKS HOLIDAY
From stunning beaches, beautiful mountains, rich culture, to great food, this list of destinations for a memorable 3-week trip is packed. I included places from 7 continents across the globe, we are going 360° around Earth to find you a suitable vacation spot.
I have divided the list into 5 different categories; autumn/fall, spring, summer, winter, and seasonal/all-year-round.
IMPORTANT: Since this list includes countries both in the northern and southern hemispheres, the seasons can be confusing. So, please read the explanation under each season to understand when is the best time to visit them.
Some people decide to travel during autumn or fall due to having a lot less crowd. On the other hand, these destinations also showcase the shift of season and highlight how beautiful colours of the trees. During this time of the year, the prices are also lower and more affordable.
The destinations below should be visited during “it’s own autumn season”.
Canada is not only a great destination for winter or even summer, but even during autumn, Canada has so much to offer. The famous maple trees are in transition for the season, the weather is still bearable and comfortable – a perfect place to go for walks while exploring the city and even have the chance to visit waterfalls and glaciers before it freezes for the winter.
It’s pretty easy to spend 3-weeks in Canada, whether you want to visit the east coast, the east coast, or go explore historical and cultural sites.
Coming from an affordable 3-weeks holiday to a bit of a splurge, Nordic is waiting for you. It’s true that this part of Europe is on the expensive side but that’s for a reason. Denmark has one of the oldest cultures in this region and also is the oldest Monarchy in Europe.
Due to good relationships between these 5 countries, you can get direct flights between their cities making travelling much easier. Travelling in Scandinavia is something very different and unique in many ways. From locals who can communicate in English very well, the best salmon, and the yummiest rye bread you will ever have. Don’t get confused with Scandinavia and Nordic. Scandinavia is composed of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. With Nordic, you add Iceland and Finland to that list.
If you want to explore only one place, 3 weeks in Norway, Sweden, or Finland is plenty, while you can combine Iceland and Denmark. Visit Norway’s Svalbard and Fjords, Nyhavn in Denmark, Sweden’s business hub Stockholm, and learn how Iceland is operating on 100% renewable energy, or the land of the lakes – Finland. We have our very own 3 weeks in Scandinavia itinerary to guide you.
Do you know that Iceland is the only country that is running on 100% renewable energy? So, if you visiting and looking for things to do in Iceland, make sure to remember these Iceland travel tips and visit places where they feature their geothermal energy and other sustainable sources of power.
Italy, Portugal, Poland
When autumn comes to these three European destinations, the summer vacationers have left, the hotels are less busy, and the beach is spacious again. Although it can be a little chilly at night, it’s still warm during the day. The tree colours in these countries are also very stunning.
What I also love about this trio is how they are all great destinations regardless of the season. However, you still have to make a basic itinerary plan to ensure that your know what to expect from the trip.
Due to affordable domestic flights that are direct, you can easily spend 1 week in each country and hop on a plane to get to another one. It’s a fantastic 3-week autumn itinerary.
On the other hand, spring offers the very opposite features of autumn. The trees are not going towards darker shades, instead, they are blooming, colourful, and very vibrant. During this season, it’s also getting warmer, which means you don’t need to lug a heavy winter coat with you. Simply pack a down jacket, and one or two lightweight long sleeve shirts for a 3-week holiday trip.
These places must be visited during their spring season.
South Korea and Japan
Both South Kore and Japan are popular spring destinations for their beautiful cherry blossoms. If you come early in the year, you might even have a chance to go to a ski resort.
When visiting Japan, head to Kawaguchi Lake where you will be able to enjoy the cherry blossoms with a view of Mount Fuji. While in South Korea, you may want to match your travel date during Yeouido Spring Flower Festival. Check our 3-weeks in Japan and South Korea itinerary (10 days in each country).
The Netherlands and Germany
When it comes to Europe, The Netherlands have the most charming place where the tulips and hyacinths are blooming during spring which can be found in Noordoostpolder, an hour northeast of Amsterdam.
While Germany also features cherry blossoms which are definitely inspired by the Japanese Sakura Campaign. You can see them in Berlin, Bonn, Hamburg, Munch, and Dortmund.
Nepal should be visited during spring, sometime between March and until end of May. This is also the busiest month in the country because it’s the only month when people are allowed to summit Mount Everest pea.
The hike to Everest Base Camp is open during this season, then again in autumn, but no summit. So, if you really want to reach the peak or want to meet people who will be summiting, you probably want to visit Nepal during spring. We have a 3-weeks in Nepal itinerary that includes both no long treks and with long treks.
The first thing you should know is that these destinations should not be visited during your summer season. These destinations are great to visit for beach/water activities such as snorkelling, diving, and island hopping.
For example, the Philippines is an incredible summer destination, but you actually don’t want to visit here from June until October because those are typhoon months. On the other hand, the South of Europe is a perfect place to go during the summer season in the northern hemisphere and spend your 3-week holidays.
For more affordable diving spots and remarkable white beaches, the Philippines should be your destination. English is widely spoken here making it much more convenient to travel around. Composed of over 7,000 islands, the Philippines don’t only make the best sunny destination, but it is also home to many active volcanoes.
On the other side, because of the number of islands, travelling between them can be challenging which means planning to go on vacation here for 3 weeks is just perfect.
Head to Boracay island if you are looking for a great island party and crystal clear water. Fly down to Siargao to catch some waves, to Palawan for the best snorkelling and diving spots, and to the northern part of the country for amazing views from the top of the mountains. Check out our 3-weeks holiday in the Philippines itinerary for some inspiration.
A 3-weeks holiday in the South of Europe is warm, charming, and full of life. It feels like the whole atmosphere, culture, and vibe of the people are lively and very easygoing. This part of Europe is known for its alluring beaches, historical sites, and delicious dishes.
For this region, you can combine Portugal and Spain for a 3-weeks holiday since they are next to each other. If it feels too redundant, I recommend Spain and Italy or Portugal and Italy which both will require you to go on a short flight. Greece is already impressive on its own like Italy, where you can spend 3 weeks easily. But if you want to mix up your itinerary, throw in Albania, and the little countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Albania – your trip will be glorious.
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This country in Southeast Asia is popular for its white-sand beaches, crystal clear water, and as a very affordable 3-weeks holiday destination. Thailand just like the Philippines has the same months for typhoon season. This means that the best time to visit Thailand for its beaches and even hiking is from November until early April.
The Caribbean’s peak season is during Christmas time/winter. Most hotels are booked up and everything can be more costly. However, there is a little window from May to June then October to November, there might be some rain here and there but it’s not so intense as July to August. Read our 3-weeks in Central America itineraries.
When talking about winter destinations, we all know that you are looking to spend your 3-weeks holiday skiing and enjoy the cold months while having fun. You no longer have to wait for the winter to be over, avoid the big crowds of people flocking the beach during summer and instead spend your vacation during the supposed to be “dark and indoor months”.
These destinations must be visited during their winter months. USA, Canada, Europe, and Asia have the same winter months; November to February. While Chile and New Zealand’s winter months are from June until August.
Central Europe brings you Switzerland, Germany, Poland, and Austria (perhaps northern France too). All these countries are such great destinations for winter and skiing. Central Europe can be an expensive destination for winter activities, however, Poland and East Europe are just a plane over and it’s more affordable.
You can go to Czechia, Slovakia, and even Hungary. You don’t have to spend too much money to try out skiing for the first time or go on a ski holiday during winter.
USA and Canada
Of course, these two countries next to each other are great destinations for winter and not only for skiing. There are so many things you can do here during this season. Canada even promotes their winter season as the time of the year you can see polar bears in Manitoba.
Chile and Argentina
Chile, alongside Argentina, is the gateway to Antarctica. These two countries have lots of places where you can go skiing, snowboarding, and other fun winter activities. It’s a little cheaper than North America and Central Europe but still offers great slopes and experiences.
For Asia, the most accessible ski destinations are Japan and South Korea, it can be pricy but a bit more affordable than Europe or North America. These countries are also not very crowded, a great spot for beginner skiers.
Seasonal/All year round
These destinations can be visited either depending on the season or any time of the year. The most important thing to remember is first to check when are the rainy seasons on each place. Then, if there’s a destination you specifically want to see, do research if it’s open.
For example, if you want to explore Machu Picchu in Peru it is closed during February for maintenance.
I had such great fun in Peru. It’s one of the few places in the world that offers you surfing on the beach to hiking mountains in a span of 3-weeks. The capital Lima is sitting on the coast facing the Pacific and delivers strong wind and waves, perfect for any water and wind activities.
On the other hand, it’s the home of the one and only, Machu Picchu. Although getting to Machu Picchu takes a bit of a journey, it will be worth it. You can fly from Lima to Cusco in just over an hour and take a 3-hour train you will see the beautiful ruins of Inca. If you want to hike, that’s also an option that will take you 2-4 days to do so.
Peru is perfect for a 3-week trip, the country is neither small nor too big. It’s perfect without rushing you to move or getting bored during this entire period. Check out our 3 weeks in Peru itinerary to give you an idea.
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3-weeks holiday in South Africa will be filled with visiting the most southern point of Africa, seeing two great oceans (Indian and Atlantic) clash with each other, and going on a Safari to spot the world’s most beautiful wild animals in their natural living. South Africa has so much to offer to its visitors and you will not be disappointed.
During my visit, I enjoyed a self-drive in Kruer Park, visited Johannesburg, saw the penguin at Cape of Good Hope, and roamed the streets of Cape Town. When planning this trip, I recommend you spend 5 days in Kruger Park, 5 days in Johannesburg, a week in Cape Town, and 4 days either on Durban o Jeffrey’s Bay for some surfing or beach time. We have an itinerary for 3-weeks in South Africa holiday.
If you are craving sun, beach, mountains, and good food – spending 3-weeks in Vietnam is a perfect choice. Because of Vietnam’s geographical design, it’s one of the easiest countries to explore. There are only two ways to travel around Vietnam, either you are heading north or going south.
Vietnam is popular as a “top gear destination. This means, tourists who come here drive their own motorbikes and explore the country on their own terms. But if that’s not your cup of tea, there are also so many airports here, you can easily hop between cities in such a short period of time.
Sapa is one of the most popular destinations in Vietnam, that fits those who love to hike and see scenic rice fields. Halong Bay and Phu Quoc are the two spots for beach activities, boat tours, cruises, and kayaking.
For the foodies out there, Vietnam will surely satisfy you. The home of the world-class dish Pho will be waiting for you. Other dishes you should try are Bun Cha, Banh Mi, and Papaya or Mango Salad. For coffee drinkers, do you know that Vietnam is of the top 5 coffee exporters in the world? Definitely try the popular egg coffee during your visit.
If you only want to visit the Northern part of Vietnam or want to divide and conquer, you can combine Vietnam and Cambodia on your trip. We have a great guide on how to spend 3 weeks in Cambodia and Vietnam.
This tri-country is a good destination to spend 3 weeks vacation on. Not only do they sit right next to each other but also because you can base yourself out in Israel and still be able to visit all countries. Another reason is that visiting Jordan often requires 1-2 days especially if you want to spend overnight at Bedouin camps.
You can easily spend 1 week in Israel exploring from Haifa, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, to the Red Sea. Then hop on a bus or book a tour from Israel to Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Hebron for another week. Your last week can be spent exploring Jordan’s famous Wadi Rum and of course, Petra. We have a list of places to see when you visit that highlight Palestine, Israel, and Jordan tours.
The land down under maybe a bit of a challenge to get to if you are coming from Europe, Africa, and the Americas but it’s definitely worth the trip. The home of the kangaroos, the Great Barrier Reef, and a hotspot for surfing, spending a 3-weeks holiday in Australia is so worth it.
Cities like Brisbane, Sydnes, Adelaide, and Melbourne should be on top of your list. You can either rent a car and drive down the East Coast or simply take flights between these best attractions. If you want to visit the Great Barrier Reef, make sure to book a helicopter ride and definitely go snorkelling or diving.
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I love recommending East Europe to my friends and family. First, west, central, and southern Europe is already crowded with tourists each year and has become very expensive. On the other hand, East Europe will give you all the European atmosphere you are looking for without burning a hole in your pocket.
From the little charming cobblestone streets of the Baltics to the rich culture of the Balkans, East Europe deserves a visit from you. Head to Croatia for stunning beaches, Romania for traditional European dishes, the Czech Republic for the best beer in the region, or Bulgaria for a chance to swim the Black Sea. You can easily spend 3-weeks in East Europe and not find a day you feel bored or want to leave early.
If you are up for some adventure and more independent travel, you should rent a car. Since most parts of Europe has an open border, travelling here by car and finding a car rental company that allows you to bring it to cross borders is very easy. If you are on a budget, perhaps this list of places to see in Europe in 3 weeks on a budget will be helpful.
I personally think the US is the only country that can honestly be visited all year round. If you visit during summer, head to Florida and California. Winter? No problem, enjoy skiing nearly everywhere. Spring or autumn? Go to Vermont, Massachusetts, and even Texas.
The USA is probably the land of the national parks. It is filled with the best national parks in the world. From the Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Glacier National Park, to Rocky Mountain, these places are so unique. Road tripping is also a great way to travel in this country.
There are many states where you can find awesome routes. A road trip in Arizona is where will find the stunning Grand Canyon and driving around California is where Yosemite is located – these are just to name a few. Although it’s such a big place, it’s better to plan your travel itinerary and decide to stick to one area – road tripping on East Coast or the West Coast.
If you want to explore a less popular destination in the US; mid-America, northwest, and the south have so much to offer. For example, Texas is such a huge state, to spend 3-weeks here, you can visit so many attractions. Head to Austin if you like attending concerts or Galveston for water activities – that’s just to name a few. There are more amazing places to visit in Texas and in other parts of the US no matter the season.
There are also loads of flights here and each state definitely has their own major airport, so flying will not be an issue. The US is massive, hence, you need to plan accordingly which places or regions you want to spend 3-weeks in the US during this visit.
Some of the best places to visit are California, Boston, Washing D.C, and New York. Go catch some waves in California or visit the Death Valley National Park or visit historical cities in Boston and Washing D.C. In Chicago, don’t forget to take a look at the Cloud Gate and the famous Skydeck. And of course, see a show in New York or, and not many people know this, there many best hiking trails in New York too. While for a beach holiday, you have Florida.
Food tripping here is also a must. American food might not be remarkable for being a healthy food choice but it’s home to the best dishes like burgers, buffalo wings, and deep-fried pizza. But don’t worry, for a healthy trip, veganism and a plant-based diet are also popular here. This means you can find a healthy version of Mexican, Italian, and local dishes.
FINAL TIPS ON 3 WEEK HOLIDAY DESTINATION LIST
There is no right or wrong when choosing a destination to spend your holiday. The only two things that will matter are first, decide what’s best for you. Be that in the kind of holiday or how much you are willing to spend or save. And second, be polite, and sensitive, and do your research on the do’s and don’t’s of the place you are visiting.
Did you enjoy this list of places to spend a 3-weeks holiday? I hope that you found useful tips here and that I help you decide on your next holiday trip. Remember, have fun and make the most out of your vacation.