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Travel Ideas in May

Best places to travel in May 2020

If you’re planning a May break, the sun is always out over Bali’s soft-sand beaches at a time of year before the crowds hit their peak. Planning in advance pays off, as some of our favorite hotels are quick to book up. For a trip in the mountain air, hike along the wildflower trails of the High Atlas in Morocco. The temperature is comfortable for enjoying the scenery and it's an ideal time for camping out in Bedouin-style tents. It's also a good time to visit Europe before the weather gets too hot.

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One of our favorite times to visit Indonesia, you’ll find the beaches of Bali and Lombok in glorious sunshine and the rainforests in their drier season. In China’s cities and towns, dragon boat festivals line the rivers, and the flower fields of Yunnan are a riot of blooms. It’s also a good time to visit France, with Paris looking its finest in the spring sunshine and Hollywood royalty gathering for the Cannes Film Festival.

Tours we recommend in May

Trip suggestions that we know capture a route at its best if you’re planning to travel in May.

  • Albany

    Southwest Uncovered

    • Sample fabulous local wines in the Margaret River wine region.

    • Hang out with super cute Quokkas on Rottnest Island.

    • Relax on some of the country's finest pristine white sand beaches.

    • Wander through ancient Karri forests.

    • Enjoy dinner overlooking an Indian Ocean sunset.

    • Explore the historic town of Fremantle, with its convict jails, whaling ships and old taverns.

    • Includes over £350/USD$440 of hotel savings.

    11 days from CAD2,900pp

  • Essaouira

    Marrakesh, the High Atlas & Essaouira

    • Immerse yourself in the souqs of Marrakesh and see craftsmen busy at their trade.

    • Learn about Marrakesh’s past by visiting its grand palaces, mosques and gardens with a guide.

    • Stay in a traditional riad, each of which has its own distinctive character.

    • Soak up the laid-back, bohemian atmosphere of Essaouria’s historic medina and fishing port.

    • Go hiking in the High Atlas Mountains and visit traditional Berber villages.

    10 days from CAD3,330pp

  • On the road to Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse

    Western Cape self-drive discovery

    • Enjoy a shared tour of the magnificent Cape Point and Cape Peninsula.

    • Take a private tour of Robben Island to learn about South Africa’s apartheid history.

    • Go wine tasting at the various estates in and around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

    • Enjoy game drives in a private nature reserve, looking for zebra, wildebeest and antelope.

    • Relax and stroll on the beach in the laid-back coastal town of Paternoster.

    13 days from CAD3,520pp

  • Blood River in KwaZulu-Natal

    Battlefields and Midlands

    • Soak up the art and culture of Durban and sample local Afro-Indian delicacies.

    • Relax at a countryside retreat in the Midlands, taking leisurely strolls along the river.

    • Find out about the history of the Battlefields, touring the sites with a knowledgeable guide.

    • Go hiking, horse riding or mountain biking in the Drakensberg Mountains.

    11 days from CAD3,770pp

  • Tasmanian Devil, Australia

    Classic Tasmania self-drive

    • Browse the Salamanca Markets in Hobart for local arts and crafts, surrounded by the historical harbour buildings.

    • Cruise the Gordon River and take in the local flora, fauna and convict history.

    • Get up close to the elusive Tasmanian Devils at Cradle Mountain National Park.

    • Walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout in Freycinet National Park and take your own pictures of one of Australia's most photographed beaches.

    10 days from CAD3,805pp

  • Brays Beach, Byron Bay

    Australia By the Beach

    • Explore Sydney's stylish city beaches.

    • Watch the surfers at Byron Bay.

    • Visit the tropical city of Brisbane.

    • Relax on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

    • Take a tour to the amazing Fraser Island.

    13 days from CAD3,960pp

  • Castle Aragonese, Ischia

    Naples & the island of Ischia

    • Discover the original relics from Pompeii on a privately guided tour of Naples Archaeological Museum.

    • Hike the panoramic trails of Ischia and enjoy lunch at a traditional agritourismo.

    • Explore the cosmopolitan city of Naples on a guided walking tour.

    • Relax at Ischia’s thermal baths and beaches.

    7 days from CAD3,970pp

  • Paddy fields in Bali, Indonesia

    Round island Bali tour

    • Picture perfect sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

    • Snorkel over pristine coral reefs.

    • Try unique Bali dishes such as Sambal Goreng Petai (chili beef in coconut milk).

    • Enjoy a traditional massage as you gaze out to the blue waters of the Lombok Strait.

    • Visit one of the oldest villages in Bali and see their famed double ikat cloth.

    • Explore the shops and galleries in Ubud and try some of Bali's best restaurants.

    18 days from CAD4,115pp

  • Rice terraces, Munduk

    Eastern Bali's culture & coast

    • Visit Ubud, Bali's spiritual and artistic hub.

    • Gain an insight into Balinese life and customs.

    • Stay in rural Bali away from the crowds.

    • Eat like a local and learn to make Balinese dishes.

    • Relax on Bali's eastern coast.

    12 days from CAD4,205pp

  • Kalbarri National Park

    Western Australia's Coral Coast

    • Explore the National Parks to view canyons and dramatic rock formations.

    • Marvel at the spectacular marine life including manta rays, whale sharks and turtles.

    • Explore the historic town of Fremantle, with its convict jails, whaling ships and old taverns.

    • Take a sunset walk along a deserted beach.

    13 days from CAD4,305pp

  • Leopard, Kruger National Park

    Mpumalanga self-drive & Kruger safari

    • Drive along the Panorama Route for incredible views over the Drakensberg Escarpment.

    • Stay in a luxurious lodge in the private Sabi Sand Wildtuin reserve.

    • See the Big Five on morning, afternoon and evening game drives in the Kruger.

    • Head out on bush walks with a knowledgeable guide to learn more about the area's wildlife.

    6 days from CAD4,410pp

  • Orangutan, Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan

    Classic Java & Sumatra

    • Track down orangutan and other wildlife in the dense jungles of Sumatra.

    • Travel overland through the volcanic landscape of western Java.

    • Visit the ancient Buddhist temple of Borobudur as the sun comes up.

    11 days from CAD4,630pp

  • Tram and Cityscape, Lisbon

    Highlights of Lisbon & Marrakesh

    • Experience the best of Lisbon on a guided tour through the city's historic districts.

    • Witness the whimsical architecture of Sintra's palaces.

    • Hike Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains and visit a local family for a cup of mint tea.

    • Immerse yourself in the spice-scented souqs of Marrakesh.

    • Tour the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

    8 days from CAD4,640pp

  • Old Midleton Distillery

    Distilleries of Scotland & Ireland

    • Walk the quirky streets of Glasgow on an orientation tour.

    • Experience the whiskey reputation of Islay.

    • Explore the castles and Glens around Oban.

    • Taste a variety of whiskey in Speyside.

    • Marvel at the dramatic coastline of the Antrim Coast.

    • Experience a unique distillery tour in Dublin.

    10 days from CAD4,715pp

  • The Battlefields, South Africa

    Classic KwaZulu Natal self-drive tour

    • Visit local artisans and sample some of the excellent food on offer in the Natal Midlands.

    • Follow hiking trails independently or with a guide in the striking Drakensberg Mountains.

    • Discover the history of the Battlefields area on a guided tour of two battle sites.

    • Spot the Big Five on morning and afternoon game drives in Zululand Rhino Reserve.

    10 days from CAD4,885pp

  • Connemara scenery

    Self-drive: West Coast Adventure

    • Visit the Aran Island Inis Oírr for a tour and lobster lunch.

    • Boat through Killary Fjord and hike back along the Famine Trail.

    • Horse ride on the beaches of Sligo while learning about the local history.

    • Sleep under the stars in a bubble dome.

    7 days from CAD4,890pp

  • Table Mountain South Africa

    Highlights of South Africa self-drive

    • Hike up to the summit of Table Mountain for sweeping views over the city and ocean.

    • Learn about Cape Town’s chequered history on a private guided walking tour.

    • Indulge in wine tasting at some of the award-winning estates in the Winelands region and go on a walking tour of the historical town of Stellenbosch.

    • Take relaxing strolls along Plettenberg Bay’s golden sands and enjoy whale and dolphin spotting.

    • Spot the Big Five and other wildlife species on safari in Addo Elephant National Park.

    13 days from CAD4,980pp

  • Deserted bay in Indonesia

    Honeymoon to Bali & Lombok

    • Experience both the more relaxed and more vibrant beach areas on Bali and Lombok.

    • Enjoy a cooking class in a traditional Balinese home near Ubud.

    • Take in the beautiful scenery around Munduk.

    • Stay in luxurious tented accommodation.

    16 days from CAD4,995pp

  • Village Scene, Western Sumba

    Indonesia: Sumba explored

    • Take in the breathtaking coastline of Sumba with sheer cliff faces and immense stretches of white sand beaches pounded by huge surf.

    • Visit local Sumban villages, first seeking permission from tribal chiefs.

    • See the traditional homes with buffalo horn and other artefacts decorating the entrance.

    • Chew betel nut like a local and watch a traditional ceremony unfold.

    12 days from CAD5,390pp

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Travel Ideas in January

Places to travel in January

As Christmas slopes into the distance and with cold weather still to come, traveling to find some sun is an appealing prospect for January. We recommend beach time in the west of Thailand in Krabi, Phuket and Koh Lanta. In Africa, the January rains break the Kalahari heat and the quenched plains spring to life. Journey to Botswana to watch the migration of wildebeest and zebra as they follow the scent of the fresh grazing. And January marks the start of another wildlife showpiece. It’s the whale watching season in Baja California on Mexico’s Pacific Coast and on a cruise you can sit alongside as hundreds of whales and dolphins leap, arch and twirl in and out of the ocean.

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Travel Ideas in February

Places to travel in February

February might be bleak in the top half of the world, but it’s summertime down south and New Zealand and southern Australia are basking in the life outdoors. Walking trails are open and you can stretch out on the beaches while they're at their best. In Hong Kong, 15-day-long festivities kick off in February, when ancient Chinese traditions combine with true multicultural modernity. Relive New Year’s there before spring boarding to dry and sunny Cambodia to extend your journey in Southeast Asia.

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Travel Ideas in March

Places to travel in March

Japan’s springtime blossom starts to pop open in March, and milder temperatures coupled with the showings of early plum blossom make it a good-value time to travel here ahead of the peak blossom season. In Bhutan, the subsiding cold is encouraging high-altitude rhododendrons to wake, while a number of colorful festivals take place. And a full spectrum of colored powders plume in the air in Indian towns and villages as locals celebrate Holi festival. Our specialists can give you advice on how best to experience the ‘festival of colours’ as part of your trip to India.

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Travel Ideas in April

Places to travel in April

Travel to South America in April as nature offers wonderful bird watching in the Galapagos, including likely sightings of the fascinating mating ritual of the blue-footed booby. The Iguaçu Falls, bordering Brazil and Argentina, are also at their most dramatic after the summer rainfalls. In Morocco, the April climate is cool enough for you to explore Marrakesh’s souqs or hike the High Atlas Mountains in clearer air. And, if Easter falls in April, a trip in the Philippines is a window into the Spanish legacy of a ‘fiesta’ culture, and the weather is fantastic for the beaches.

Places to travel

Travel Ideas in May

Places to travel in May

If you’re planning a May break, the sun is always out over Bali’s soft-sand beaches at a time of year before the crowds hit their peak. Planning in advance pays off, as some of our favorite hotels are quick to book up. For a trip in the mountain air, hike along the wildflower trails of the High Atlas in Morocco. The temperature is comfortable for enjoying the scenery and it's an ideal time for camping out in Bedouin-style tents. It's also a good time to visit Europe before the weather gets too hot.

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Herd of elephants in South Africa

Places to travel in June

June marks the start of the dry season in southern Africa and the chance to see newly born game as you safari in Botswana. Newborn gorillas are given their names in a traditional festival in Rwanda each June and we can design you a trip there gorilla trekking, which pairs nicely with added time on safari in Kenya's Masai Mara. June is also an ideal time for visiting Costa Rica in the quieter green (or rainy) season when you’ll still find plenty of dry weather, quieter national parks and better views of the famous Arenal Volcano.

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Travel Ideas in July

Places to travel in July

Ladakh in India is an ideal destination for July, with warm weather and little rain to accompany the Himalayan scenery. Spend time in Leh immersing yourself in the Tibetan Buddhist culture and exploring the monasteries, lakes and high-altitude deserts. We also recommend the Manu Rainforest in Peru in the month of July. Few parks can match its incredible wildlife, which includes giant otters, caymans and flocks of macaws.

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Travel Ideas in August

Places to travel in August

In August, Africa plays backdrop to one of the great wildlife spectacles: the annual migration of over two million wildebeest from the Serengeti plains to the grasslands of the Masai Mara. In Colombia, the start of August heralds the annual flower festival in Medellin. It attracts visitors worldwide with more flowers than you’d imagine possible, fireworks and live music. Or travel to Kandy in Sri Lanka at the time of the Parahera Festival held at the Temple of the Tooth, where Buddha's tooth is said to rest. Get swept up in dancing and parades by torchlight.

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Travel ideas in September

Places to travel in September

September kicks off the changing of the seasons in many regions, bringing with it shifting climates and bright landscapes. Before the wet season sets in, take a trip to Borneo and observe the orangutan at the Sepilok sanctuary in Kota Kinabalu. In Peru, September is the best time to take a hike to Incan city in the clouds Machu Picchu while there's still very little rain. And there’s no better place to witness the seasons change than in China, as the locals celebrate the harvest season across the country with the Mid-Autumnal Festival.

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Travel Ideas in October

Places to travel in October

October is a great time to immerse yourself completely in another culture. Head to India and join millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for Diwali, the five-day ‘Festival of Lights’. Experience the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival with the locals in Myanmar, where revered Buddha images are paraded around Inle Lake in an elaborate barge for over 20 days. Or discover the historical sites in Jordan, where the lifting of the summer heat allows you to explore in comfort the Roman ruins at Jerash, and biblical sites such as Mt Nebo and the desert of Wadi Rum.

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Travel Ideas in November

Places to travel in November

Though the temperatures may begin to drop, November still offers plenty of opportunity for active adventure. Work off your Thanksgiving dinner with a trek on the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal, and witness the sunrises over the tops of the peaks. Enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving in the warmer temperatures of the Red Sea in Egypt, where the water is a clear blue and the coral reefs teem with marine life. Or experience Vietnam by bicycle, along the countryside around the historic merchants' town of Hoi An or through the rice terraces and remote villages of Sapa.

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Travel Ideas in December

Places to travel in December

December brings celebrations of all shapes and sizes across the world. Embrace a wintry yet magical Christmas in Russia, where Gorky Park turns into an ice rink and sleigh rides are offered throughout the month. Top off your year joining in a New Year’s celebration in another part of the world. Travel to Brazil and watch the cariocas (Rio’s locals) dressed in white as they gather on a sunny Copacabana in tribute to the goddess of the sea. Or head to Australia for a New Year’s celebration of a lifetime in Sydney. Witness fireworks exploding off the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, while enjoying the summer temperatures.

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