I love February & March. You have the Grammy’s and Oscars and Music festivals galore. There is no better way to begin the year than with a vacation to Australia or Miami and we give you a few reasons to book those flights now by taking a look at some major events across the world this March. We’re going to MIAMI! Sing it with me …

BNP Paribas Open:
The good news is that Ms Serena Williams is only three slams away from matching the legendary Steffi Graf. While we love Steffi, this gladiator deserves it all and more. So don’t fret, more tennis is around the corner. The largest attended non Grand Slam event is held between March 9-22 at Indian Wells, California and no doubt all the top players are going to be here to make their way up the rankings. After the slams, the ATP 1000 and WTA Premier help you acquire the most points, so winning this is crucial and the best part is that the Qualifiers are free! To buy tickets and plan your trip to the event, check the Eventraveler page for BNP Paribas Open.

Formula One season begins:
While Australia might be all about the cricket at the moment, the Australian Grand Prix begins on the 12th of March in Melbourne and finishes on the 15th, right in time for the Quarter Finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 – the timing is so perfect, you almost want to cry. Albert Park has witnessed some truly great moments like Kimi’s 20th and last win. If you’re not heading Down Under, head to the Malaysian Grand Prix instead on the 27th March. Held at the Sepang International Circuit, the Malaysian Grand Prix is known for a combination of wily turns and long straight stretches. Go Karting enthusiasts can drive the world-class kart circuit designed by F1 Track designer, Hermann Tilke. To buy tickets and plan your trip, check the Eventraveler page for the F1 Australian Grand Prix and F1 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Future Asia Music Festival:
Imagine jumping to The Prodigy while the sun sets on the ocean- Selfie! The line up is out for Asia’s largest music festival and it’s scream inducing, in a good way. It’s the best of dance and Hip Hop: There’s AVICII, The Prodigy, Afro Jack, the incredible George Moroder – perhaps he’ll play my favorite tune off the Daft Punk album, Darude (remember him?) and Public Enemy among a host of others. It’s being held at the Changi Exhibition Center- 140,000 square meters to run around, and their main indoor venue can hold 40,000 people at any one time which means you’re not at the mercy of fickle Singapore rain clouds anymore! Release 1 early bird tickets have already sold out.

Ultra Festival Miami
Before Tommorowland and Enchanted Valley, there was Ultra. Sixteen years on it is the most beloved of dance music festivals and represents everything Miami stands for- cool, urban and insanely addictive, Carl Cox has been playing here for over ten years. This year’s line up has just been announced and it’s the who’s who of dance music- Alesso, Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Kieza, Loco Dice, Skrillex and so much more and the perfect mix of old and new. It really doesn’t get any bigger than this. First two ticket releases have already sold out so you’ll need to rush. When: March 27th, 28th and 29th. Plan your trip on the Eventraveler page for the Ultra Music Festival.

Miami Open
Combine the music festival with a dash of tennis and you’ve just experienced two weeks of bliss in Miami. The second ATP 1000 and WTA premier event takes place between the 23rd and the 5th of April 2015. Watch the top seeds battle it out for a cool USD 10 million and look glamorous while you’re at it because this is considered the most stylish of all non-slam events. Strike a pose! Plan your trip on the Eventraveler page for the Miami Open.

Reshma Krishnan Barshikar is a travel writer and contributes to National Geographic Traveller, India Today Travel Plus and Helter Skelter. When in Mumbai, she can be found at the NCPA library researching her next novel. Her debut novel, Fade Into Red, is a romantic ode to wine and Tuscany and was published by Random House India in August 2014. For more details visit her website www.reshmakrishnan.com.

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