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.
Popular countries we recommend in May
Seasonal inspiration from our specialists on where to visit in May for the best weather, festivals and wildlife-spotting opportunities.
Itineraries we recommend in May
Trip suggestions that we know capture a route at its best if you’re planning to travel in May.
Learn about the Polynesian history of the Cook Islands on a guided tour of Rarotonga.
Discover the beautiful underwater world of the Aitutaki Lagoon.
Visit the tiny, peaceful island of Atiu, where you will be greeted by the warmest of smiles.
The Punanga Nui Market on a Saturday is a great place to find some local arts and craft.
Snorkelling on the north-western side of Rarotonga, where you can walk out amongst the coral.
The flight between Rarotonga and Aitutaki gives you superb views of the reefs weaving their way through the Pacific Ocean.
Relaxing in Aitutaki - if ever there was a place to find picture perfect desert island scenery, this is it.
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.
See the many treasures of the Hermitage, one of the world's best art galleries.
Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the city's first permanent building.
See the Catherine Palace and marvel at the phenomenal wealth of the Tsars.
Explore the beautiful canals and grand buildings of one of the world's prettiest cities.