Pack Your Bags and Have a Blast at These May Holiday Destinations
May is possibly one of the best months to travel. You can forget about the soaring temperatures during the hot summer season, and the sharp coldness of the winter months. There are many May holiday destinations any traveler should add to their bucket list. These locations boast with perfect weather and many attractions to keep you busy.
Would you like to go somewhere this May? Would you prefer to explore a destination rich in history or somewhere where you can rejuvenate? Making the final decision is always hard, so let us help you with that.
Knowing that we love going on all kinds of travel adventures in May, we decided to make a nice list for you guys. Here, we’ll go over the best holiday destinations in May 2019. Some of these have already earned a spot in our hearts, while others are still just a desire.
We listed a total of 10 great traveling options for this month and one bonus idea! Each of them has something special to offer and takes you to a different side of the world.
Read carefully and start planning your May trip right away!
There are many hidden gems a person can visit in Japan. However, that doesn’t mean that they should overlook the fantastic Tokyo. This applies especially to those wondering where to go on holiday in May. For example, the popular “Golden Week” lasts until early May. This holiday includes many special events that can make your stay unique and authentic.
Sanja Matsuri is another event not to miss in May in Tokyo. This festival attracts around 2 million visitors each year and boasts an energetic atmosphere. Of course, the Metropolis is more than its festivals. Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, and Senso-ji are only a few attractions not to miss. During May, Tokyo weather usually goes between 60 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit. So, it’s perfect for walking and exploring. It surely is one of the top spots for holidays in May.
To some people, Budapest is just a song by George Ezra. However, Hungary’s Capital is actually one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its rich history and grandiose buildings. Settled alongside the Danube River, Budapest is a mix of painful memories and modern lifestyle.
Visiting it when it’s cold won’t allow you to fully enjoy this magical place. After all, most Budapest Hungary things to do include exploring outdoor sights or swimming in outdoor thermal baths. During the summer, on the other hand, it gets too hot. So, hiking to the Citadel, for example, may be too hard of a task for anyone really.
This is why we believe that Budapest is among the best places to visit in May 2019. Temperatures are perfect for long walks and exploration. From the Parliament Building to the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Buda Castle, you’ll love every second there. For a very special view, try crossing the mesmerizing Chain Bridge and relax while watching the river peacefully flowing beneath you.
If you decide to visit this metropolis anytime soon, we have a great Budapest guide right here!
Novi Sad, Serbia
Have you ever heard of the popular Exit Festival? This event takes place in Novi Sad, which is one of Serbia’s most charming towns. Those looking for the best places to go on holiday this May should surely consider Novi Sad.
This town is the Capital of the Province of Vojvodina and has impressive architecture. While wandering its narrow streets, you’ll find cringe-worthy NATO bombardment monuments alongside priceless Austro-Hungarian sights. All this is made even more impressive by the countless modern-looking bars and restaurants filled with classy people.
Among the things one can’t miss when in Novi Sad, we have to mention are the Novi Sad Fortress, The Freedom Square, and the charming Dunavska Street. You can also visit the Strand, which is a popular beach on the Danube River. The town is small and it’s perfect for those looking for a short escape from their stressful everyday lives.
Wondering whether this place is worth seeing? Well, you can read all about our Novi Sad adventure here!
Are you looking for a beautiful metropolis with great nightlife and priceless historical sights? Well, Istanbul may just be the right destination for you. The list of things to do in Istanbul in May is next to endless really. After all, this beauty is based on two continents and it’s home to over 15 million people.
What to see in Istanbul you wonder? Oh, well, try the Hagia Sophia Museum, The Blue Mosque, or the fantastic Topkapi Palace Museum. I mean, who wouldn’t want to feel like a Sultan even for a single afternoon? If that’s not your thing, simply wander inside the unique Grand Bazaar or visit the Basilica Cistern that even Dan Brown loves!
Go shopping on Taksim or take a Bosphorus Cruise. The options are really endless, and the weather should be on your side. Istanbul really is one of the best holiday destinations in May!
Bali is a tricky place to visit because it has the rainy season. Go during the wet season and you can forget about all those Instagram photos you wanted to take. That’s why Bali, Indonesia is among the best places to travel in May. The rainy season is over by then and the temperatures are perfect for sunbathing and swimming.
According to Holiday Weather, the average Bali Indonesia weather in May is around 82° Fahrenheit. Hottest it gets is around 92° and visitors can expect approximately 8 sunshine hours per day. That’s definitely not bad. Plus, the sea temperature goes to an amazing 82° Fahrenheit. Like we said – perfect for swimming!
While you’re there, you shouldn’t forget about exploring either. So, add the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, the Sekumpul Waterfall, and the Diamond Beach on your bucket list.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
We once wrote about forgetting all your problems in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. That advice still stands as this destination shines bright in the month of May. Punta Cana has long lines of coconut palms and crystal waters. Endless sandy beaches provide perfect relaxation spots, while friendly locals offer you drinks.
The highest travel season in Punta Cana takes place between December and April. The hurricane season starts from June until November. So, going to Punta Cana in May can be a smart move financially. Also, it’s better for those who prefer to avoid crowds.
In terms of what to do in Punta Cana, the activities are mostly related to visiting gems of nature. The Bavaro Beach and coral reef, the Cap Cana beach and zip lines, and the Manati Park with animal shows are among the top attractions. There are several golf courses too if that’s your thing.
If you want to visit the USA but avoid hot spots like the ever-busy New York, think of Columbus, Ohio. What is Columbus Ohio famous for, you must be wondering. Well, for starters, it was named after Christopher Columbus. Even though through most of its history, Columbus has been a sleepy town without much to offer, lately, the state capital grew to the third highest populated capital across the States.
So, this leads us to the many awesome things you can visit in Columbus. Let’s start with the Columbus Museum of Art and the Columbus Commons. If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, you can enjoy the classic Theater in the Park event in Schiller Park too. Visit the COSI hands-on science museum and planetarium or the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
As you can see, your Columbus adventure will be more laid back and relaxing. Even though it will be a more contemporary visit than a one to Budapest with all its Austro-Hungarian architectural buildings, it can be lots of fun and unforgettable.
It’s really unnecessary to promote something that offers a freaking Walt Disney World Resort. Add the Universal Orlando Resort alongside the Magic Kingdom Park and you have a winner. If you want the best May vacation, go to Orlando, Florida – especially if you are traveling with children!
Orlando is kind of the theme park Capitol of the USA. It’s all about entertainment, having fun and enjoying life. However, don’t let this fool you. There are many other things to do in Orlando besides theme parks.
For example, visit the marvelous Lake Eola or the Orange County Regional History Center. Orlando also has an awesome Museum of Art as well as a Science Center. As the weather in Orlando is already hot in May, you’ll be able to enjoy lots of wonderful outside walks. Just go to the theme parks!
We have an informative article with travel tips for visiting Morocco. The article was written by a partner, which specializes in Morocco tours. One of the tips for those visiting the desert, the Bouskoura Forest or Marrakech, was to go there in May. The weather is very nice then, not too hot and it is actually peak season for visiting the destination.
There are really lots of unique things to do in Marrakech. You can discover Ben Youssef Madrasa or explore the ruins of Badi Palace. You can taste a camel burger (why though?) or get lost in Jemaa el-Fnaa. Plus, Marrakech is among the inexpensive places to travel to for now. It’s quite popular, yet much cheaper than European top destinations.
Walkways through rock walls, temples in caves, monasteries carved in stone – those are only a few of the Petra Jordan tourist attractions. This really is a magical destination for those who seek adventure and ancient historical sights. Al-Khazneh, Siq, Ad Deir, The Great Temple; there are all spots that will amaze you as soon as you lay eyes on them.
Due to its location, the climate in Petra is a desert one. With extremely hot and dry summers and rainy winters, May is the perfect month for going to Petra. The temperatures are still high during the month and reach incredible 30°. Still, if you prepare yourself appropriately, you won’t have any issues on your trip.
Bonus: Benelux Union (Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg)
We said that we had a bonus destination for you. Surprise – it’s actually three separate countries! If you want a chic girls’ trip across Europe, put a pin on Benelux! Benelux is a politico-economic union of Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg – hence the name. Really smart and cool.
These three charming and safe countries have a rich history and many sights. It’s great to rent a car and go on an unforgettable Benelux tour this May. Between the three of them, the number of attractions is huge. You have the Grand Palace, the Manneken Pis, and the Atomium in Belgium. There are the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Keukenhof in the Netherlands. Then prepare to be amazed by the Vianden Castle, the Adolphe Bridge, and the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg.
These three countries are among the top holiday destinations in May. Together, they’re just impossible to ignore and a must-have adventure!
Well, we came to the bittersweet end of the list with the best holiday destinations to visit this May. Of course, this list could go on and on. Our world is a magical place and lots of other spots are quite nice this month.
Nonetheless, we tried to include various options from all around the planet. So, you can find your favorite new May holiday destination regardless of whether you want to visit Europe, Asia or North America.
So, which place got your attention? Where would you like to travel this May? Is there any other place you’d like to share with us and our readers? As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!