Our roundup of the best places to travel in May around the world will jump start your planning for your summer getaway.
Beat the summer rush and avoid the crowds by taking a summer vacation in May. We’ve pinpointed destinations around the world that are the best places to travel in May for one unforgettable getaway.
A Tiger Safari in Ranthambore National Park | India
One of the best places to travel in May is Ranthambore National Park in India. During the months of April and May, tiger viewing is at its best. Aman-i-Khas, located on the edge of the national park, is a lavish tented camp that takes safari-chic “glamping” to a new level. Spend a few nights there while you seek out tigers on twice-daily game drives into the park.
Wine Country | Georgia
The country is home to the world’s oldest winemaking regions, with some vineyards and traditions dating back 7,000 years. It’s definitely a trip true oenophiles should take.
Aste Nagusia Festival | Basque Country, Spain
Head to Basque Country not only for the perfect weather and delectable Michelin-starred cuisine, but also for Bilbao’s annual Aste Nagusia festival. This nine-day celebration is the biggest festival of the year and a prime opportunity to witness Basque culture on full display. Ker & Downey has all of the exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to make your Aste Nagusia experience one to remember.
Land of the Berbers | Morocco
Venture into the land of the Berbers, where you’ll find timeless fortified cities, a kaleidoscope of colors, sounds, and smells in city markets, and an intriguing culture among some of Morocco’s most resplendent accommodations.
Prime Diving Time in Ambergris Caye | Belize
May marks the beginning of low season in Belize, which means that the skies are still blue and the tourists are fewer right before the onset of rain in June. It’s also the prime time for diving in Ambergris Caye, as the light of the full moon brings out two of the world’s most incredible underwater spectacles: the hoards of several hundred spawning snapper swimming as one, and the multiple whale sharks who pursue them up and down the coast for an easy dinner.
A Northern Australian Safari | Australia
May is a great time to travel to the northern part of Australia. It’s the region’s dry season with warm, sunny days and cool nights. Head to Bamurru Plains, a bush camp set on a working buffalo station for an Australian safari. The region is ripe for discovery and exploration with over 230 species of birds and numerous other wild species like wallaby, wallaroo, dingos, and wild pigs calling the area home.
Cosmopolitan Cities and Uncrowded Luxury | Northern Italy
May is considered shoulder season in Italy, which might be surprising considering how lovely the weather is at this time of year. Plus, the Milan World’s Fair, Expo Milano, begins May 1. Use our Secrets of Northern Italy itinerary for inspiration to combine the bustling energy of Milan with the uncrowded luxury of Lake Como.
Shoulder Season in South Africa
Just like Botswana, South Africa is in its dry season in May, so animals are congregating around waterholes in the game reserves. However, it’s considered low season for tourism, so you’ll see less safari-goers and betters rates. Remember, seasons are reversed, so by May, it starts getting cold in the morning and evenings – pack a jacket! Combine a safari with a few days in Cape Town and the Winelands for a well-rounded South African holiday.
The Arrival of the Floods in the Okavango Delta | Botswana
Travel to Botswana in May for the arrival of the flood waters into the Okavango Delta. The flooded plains attract tons of wildlife, creating excellent game viewing opportunities around the waterholes. It’s also the dry season, which means less vegetation in the plains to shield animals the cooler temperatures means they’ll be active during the day longer. All around, it’s a great time to visit Botswana.
Festival Season in Prague | Czech Republic
Prague is no doubt beautiful all year around, but in May, the city bursts with bountiful color in the form of blooming gardens, hanging flower baskets, and magnolia trees. It’s also festival season, meaning that visitors can enjoy a host of all of Prague’s bests: whether it’s three weeks of classical music performances at the Prague Spring International Music Festival, 17 days of sampling 70 different beer labels on tap at the Czech Beer Festival, or tasting your way through the Prague Food Festival at the end of the month.
Beaches and beautiful landscapes | Bali
Its’ a good month to head to Bali, since it’s dry season and right before peak season. Enjoy pristine beaches, serene temples, rice terrace paddy walks, and almost daily festivals.
Wild and Wonderful | Scotland
The Scottish Highlands are covered in a blanket of wildflowers. It’s an ideal time to frolick through countryside estates and fish along the rambling rivers. Even if the weather does turn chilly, it presents a perfect opportunity to pop into a local distillery for a whisky tasting.
Adventure and Exploration | Chile
May is one of the best times to get the most out of all that Chile has to offer, as the cool weather sets. Puma tracking is at its prime in Torres del Paine (when the tourists are fewer), and the skiing is plentiful in the mountains near Santiago. Add in the year-round splendor of the Atacama desert and the hot springs of the Lakes District, and the possibilities are endless.