May is the perfect time to catch warm weather and sunny skies across the globe, before the summer tourism begins. Enjoy the flowers, architecture, culture, and natural beauty of our favorite places to travel this May! Browse our travel page to see how we can help you plan your dream Spring vacation.
Top 10 May Destinations
May is the perfect time to visit Peru! The rainy season has come to an end, leaving the valleys green before the crowds arrive in June. Visit iconic Machu Picchu, see the beautiful Santa Catalina Monastery, and take a stroll through Huascaran National Park. Take a hike across the Inca Trail–the best way to see the Lost City of the Incas. If you decide to hike the Inca Trail, make sure to get permits ahead of time!
2. Prague, Czech Republic
May boasts beautiful blooms among Prague’s gardens and magnolia trees. May is also the time for the Prague Spring Music Festival, host to symphony, opera, and chamber concerts. Be sure to also check out the Czech Beer Festival, 17 days full of Czech beer, food, and live music! Stroll over Charles Bridge and visit Old Town, home of Prague Astronomical Clock and Church of Our Lady Before Tyn.
May is the best time of the year to visit the Bahamas! Accommodation rates drop, the weather is warm, and the humidity is low. Take a boat or sightseeing tour before you relax at the spa. Enjoy some water sports like waterskiing, scuba diving, or snorkeling!
4. New Orleans, Louisiana
May brings ten days of live music with the New Orleans Jazz Fest! This festival features the Louisiana Heritage Fair, full of Cajun food and art. The weather this month is warm and sunny, but not yet at Louisiana’s high summer humidity. Hear the jazz and stroll among the architecture in the French Quarter before grabbing a world famous beignet at Cafe du Monde. End your night on the lively Bourbon Street!
Head over to Nepal this month, before the June rain begins! Hike in the Himalayas, stroll through Durbar Square, and visit the Bengal Tigers at Chitwan National Park. Buddha’s birthday falls on May 3 this year and is widely celebrated across Nepal. Don’t miss out on seeing the gorgeous Pashupatinath Temple and Swayambhunath!
6. London, England
Looking to travel on a budget this month? London is Travel + Leisure’s cheapest international destination for May. Travel + Leisure says that the week following May Day, which falls on May 1 this year, offers a surprising value for accommodation in London! See the regal city from above on the London Eye before visiting Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Before you leave, try making the famous guards break out in a smile outside of Buckingham Palace!
7. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Peak season in New England starts on Memorial Day (May 29 this year). Take advantage of the lull in crowds by relaxing on the beach and dining on delicious seafood! Visit the Sandwich Glass Museum and make sure to see the beautiful lighthouses across the shore. Stroll across the Cape Cod National Sea Shore with a guided tour.
8. Tuscany, Italy
The Tuscany region is home to so many iconic sites and cities of Italy. Take advantage of the month before summer tourists hit the country by traveling in May! See the iconic Cinque Terre coastline and taste wine as you stroll through the Chianti vineyards. Spend some quality time in the historic city of Florence. Stroll through the Piazza del Duomo and gaze at the beautiful Florence Cathedral. Don’t miss out on the Michelangelo sculptures and Renaissance paintings at the Galleria dell’Accademia.
9. Istanbul, Turkey
Travel to the historic city that lies on the border of Asia and Europe before the summer heat hits! Visit the iconic Hagia Sophia before visiting the city’s many bazaars and mosques. Gaze at the Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower as you walk through the city. Make sure to see the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and stroll through the Grand Bazaar before you leave!
10. Scottish Highlands
The wildflowers of the Scottish Highlands begin blooming in May, making the views of the landscape come alive! See if you can spot Nessie as you look over the famous Loch Ness. Visit the beautiful Inverness Castle and St. Andrews Cathedral. Don’t miss out on the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct railway, featured in the Harry Potter movies!
We’re so excited to plan your May getaway! See how we can help you by heading over to our travel page.