May is a popular month to travel. The northern hemisphere is warming up, popular destinations are less crowded than the peak summer months, and it is possible to find some great travel deals in May.
May is the month that divides spring and summer Europe, America, and other parts of the world. The further north you go the more light there is. In May, islands close to the Arctic circle such as Ellesmere, Canada, have around 15 hours of bright sunshine a day and many travelers hoping to catch a glimpse of the northern lights travel in May for this reason.
It also an exciting month for world culture. There is an incredible number of festivals in May around the world including the Cannes film festival and the New Orleans Jazz Fest. May 1st is celebrated around the world as the International Workers’ Day.
Where to travel in May 2018? Whether you want to escape to a sunny island, see mountains, or enjoy a city break, you are not short of options. Here are the top destinations to travel to in May…
Offering sun, beaches, mountains, and culture, Crete is one of the best places to travel in May in Europe. The temperatures are comfortable and the crowds are smaller than the peak summer months. Situated in the eastern Mediterranean, Crete is an enticing destination which is known for its varied landscapes including spectacular coastlines and mountains.
The tallest mountain, Mount Ida, contains Ideon Cave, the birthplace of Zeus according to Greek mythology. There are a number of fascinating museums to visit including the capital’s Heraklion Archaeological Museum, where you can see relics from the bronze age.
Egypt has captured the imagination of travelers for centuries and the monuments of the ancient Egyptian era continue to draw visitors today. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World which is still standing. There are numerous temples to see, as well as statues, and museums which tell the country’s fascinating tale.
If you haven’t been and are wondering where to go on holiday in May, Egypt is a great choice. It is easy to travel there with the Egypt eVisa and May is one of the few times when the crowd sizes and the heat are both tolerable.
Where to go in May for an adventure? Nepal. Trekking in the Himalayas is on many people’s bucket lists but the timing is tricky. Including May, there are just four good months a year to do it in. For this reason, if you're looking for a thrill and want to travel in May in Asia, head to Pokhara.
Pokhara can be busy but it’s worth the hassle for the clear visibility you can witness from high altitudes. Buddha’s birthday falls also in May and is celebrated throughout Nepal, another reason why Nepal is one of the best places to travel in May.
New Orleans, USA
New Orleans, USA, is one of the best places to travel in May in the US because of the Jazz Fest. It is a ten-day celebration of live music which, despite its name, is multi-genre. It includes performances from jazz, blues, R&B, folk, rock, and rap artists. Jazz fest 2018 will take place from April 27 to May 6.
Nicknamed the “Big Easy”, the city is famous for its vibrant live music scene and nightlife. Few cities have contributed so much to world culture as New Orleans, for music lovers it must be the best place to travel in May.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
If you’re looking for relatively cheap places to travel in May, you can find some great package deals to Punta Cana. It has one of the Caribbean’s busiest airports so you can get economical direct flights from many American and European major cities.
The Dominican Republic is known for its crystal-clear waters and golden beaches. Punta Cana forms part of the ‘Costa del Coco’ which is an area of all-inclusive resorts. It is full of opportunities for visitors, such as zip-lining, windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing.
Where to travel in May for a city break in Europe? Lisbon is both warmer and cheaper than Barcelona and Madrid which lie to the east and the high season doesn’t start until June. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in May.
Lisbon is a charming, charismatic city which offers beautiful architecture, interesting points of cultural interest (such as São Jorge Castle), exciting nightlife, and mouth-watering food. The temperature in May is pleasant and you can find some fantastic deals.
Saint Petersburg, Russia
If you’re interested in art and literature, St Petersburg is one of the best destinations in May. Because it is so far north, the city enjoys long, light days and to celebrate the best museums and galleries open all night in May for the annual Long Night of Museums.
Entry to the museums is free and accompanied by special performances, exhibitions and street art. St Petersburg was the Russian capital for two centuries and remains the country’s cultural capital. It has world famous opera and ballet venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre, beautiful buildings like the Summer Palace, and its historic center is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The world-famous Cannes Film festival takes place every May. If you’re looking for glamour, this is the time and place to find it. There are numerous popular French travel destinations in May but Cannes offers something unique.
Sun-drenched, perfect beaches, luxury resorts, and A-list stars, bring the seaside town alive. If you fancy escaping from the madness there are also plenty of nearby, picturesque beaches. The French Riviera includes Nice, St Tropez, and Monaco.