Where to travel in May and what you need to know
It’s that time of year. That sweet spot between the school holidays and sleep inducing summer temperatures. Here’s where to travel in May and what you need to know to get the most out of it…
Blue skies at Base Camp
For adventurers looking to check Base Camp off their bucket list, blue skies in May make it the perfect time to head to Nepal. There’s no mist interrupting those mountainous views, and while it’s always chilly as you climb, at ground level temperatures tend to hover around a balmy 30 degrees.
Top tip: Take things for the kids you will meet in local villages, such as crayons, pencils, pens, books, notebooks or small toys.
Outside those school holidays, Greece promises far fewer tourists, giving you much more time and space to explore those cultural hotspots. Temperatures are a little less reliable at this time of year, but they should still be in the early 20s - perfect for a little haggling in Mykonos marketplace or strolling along at the Corfu Beach Festival.
Top tip: Try to book independent accommodation. The economic crisis has led to most villas and small hotel owners lowering their prices, and it’s good karma to support SMEs.
Manana in May
Like Greece, Italy has a reputation for being popular with tourists in the peak summer months, but May represents a more relaxed season where travellers can experience a truly Italian appreciation of life. Â Spend your time eating seasonal food, wander down streets where windowsills are brimming with flowers and maybe even say ‘manana’ to the tourist trail for a couple of days in favour of simply soaking up the atmosphere.
Top tip: Italy has to be one of the best places to keep that carbon footprint low when it comes to food, given how much amazing local produce there is. At this time of year, tuck into seasonal fava beans, tomatoes and strawberries (fragole).
Prague is a delight at all times of the year. Few things beat a view of The Vltava river on icy winter days, while the spring sees the magnolias come into full bloom. May is also the time when the Prague Spring Music Festival is in full swing, bringing three weeks of symphony, opera and chamber music to this classic of cities. Then again for a different cultural vibe, it’s also when the Czech Beer Festival’s in town. That’s 17 days, over 70 local breweries and a feast of local Czech food.
Top tip: Prague is an amazing but buzzy city, and with that comes some pretty skilful pickpockets. The streets and squares can get very busy and it’s easy to get jostled. So try to visit the main tourist areas early in the day, don’t take more cash than necessary out with you each day, and just be aware of your stuff when in busy areas.
The rainy season’s over but the tourists haven’t yet descended on Machu Picchu and there’s a blanket of green across the valleys. All of that makes it the perfect time to enjoy the magic of Peru’s iconic Inca Trail. Remember to take layers though, those temperatures can really drop at night!
Top tip: Make sure you organise your permits for the Inca Trail in advance. Depending on which trail you want to do and when you choose to go, Inca Trail permits can get booked up months in advance, so it’s best to check before visiting and book before you go.