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The best places to travel in May 2022


1. Paris, France

May might just be the perfect month to go to Paris. The weather is mild, spring blossoms burst into colour, and the summer crowds are still weeks away. Culture lovers are spoilt; La Nuit des Musées (on the third Saturday of May) grants visitors free entry to the city museums, which stay open late for the occasion. Elsewhere, Tous à lOpéra offers free concerts and theatre tours, and the Jazz Festival in Saint Germain des Prés gets toes tapping with free performances and workshops.

Hokkaido, Japan
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2. Hokkaido, Japan

Too late for Japan famed April cherry blossoms? Fear not. Up north in Hokkaido, sakura flower a month later than they do elsewhere, bringing the island to life in early May. Matsumae Park is one of the best places to spot them; it has around 250 varieties of cherry blossom and 10,000 trees to marvel at. Later in the month, shibazakura (pink moss) blankets vast swathes of the countryside—Higashimokoto Park even holds a festival dedicated to the otherworldly flower. 


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3. Wales

It would be disingenuine of us to promise perfect weather in Wales in May. Truth be told, it will probably rain a decent amount of the time, but the drizzle will be accompanied by warmer temperatures and the occasional blast of glistening sunshine, making May the best time of year to tackle the great Welsh Bucket List. That means climbing Snowdon, exploring Portmeirion, getting absolutely blitzed in Cardiff and maybe, just maybe, walking the entire Wales Coastal Path. That will take more than a month, but see how far you can get before June arrives. 

Memphis, USA
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4. Memphis, USA

There are plenty of reasons to get giddy about visiting Memphis in May, but the creatively-named Memphis in May festival might just be right at the top of that list. A month-long festival (unsurprisingly, held throughout May), each year sees a different country from around the world celebrated through live events, exhibitions, screenings, performances and art. 2022 is Ghana time to shine, the first chance the festival has had to celebrate a foreign land since Czechia in 2018 (2019s crown went to the City of Memphis and Shelby County). Expect a whole lot of colour in Memphis this May.


5. Portugal

Portugal Atlantic waters are typically colder than those in the Med and are still pretty chilly in May—but do not let that stop you. All you need is a wetsuit and a rental board to take advantage of the beginner-friendly waves in surf town Ericeira (less than an hour from Lisbon) at this time of year. Springtime in Sintra and Porto is cooler but delightfully quiet, while shoulder season prices and near-deserted beaches make the Algarve—overrun with sun-seekers come summer— an appealing choice.


6. Sydney, Australia

Sydney may be on the cusp of winter, but do not let that deter you; days are mild and often sunny, and the high season crowds are long gone. The sea a bit nippy, but it is still a lovely time for beachcombing and coastal walks; pick a portion of the 80km Bondi to Manly trail, or tackle the lot over a few days. Back in the city centre, do not miss Vivid Sydney, a luminous festival of light, music and ideas.


7. Italy

May is an extra tasty month in Italy, with food festivals tempting hungry travellers all over the country. Head to Monterosso in Cinque Terre for their lemon fest, where you can sample local limoncino and lemon cakes; Sessame in Piedmont, where they have been raving about risotto since the 13th century; or San Terenziano to sample the best porchetta sandwiches in all the land. Need the inspiration to burn off those calories? Watch the world best cyclists as they whizz across Italy during the Giro dItalia from 6-29 May.

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8. Nepal

If you aare unsure what time of year to make the pilgrimage to Nepal, consider May. After all, the weather is just about as pleasant as it gets, and two of the country biggest festivals take place during the unofficial best month of the year. Tiji Festival is a celebration of the (presumed) triumph of good over evil, while Buddha Jayanti is a colourful love letter to the life and times of Gautam Buddha. If you need more than two massive festivals, remember that the temples of Bhaktapur are arguably at their most accessible during May. 


9. Los Angeles, USA

In Los Angeles, May is all about the anticipation of summer: the weather is heating up but is not scorching, and the key sites are nowhere near as busy as they will be in July and AugustMemorial Day weekend (28-30 May) packs a punch with parades, street festivals and alfresco concerts. The much-vaulted Academy Museum of Motion Pictures celebrates an anniversary, and if you need even more glitz and glamour, there is always the eleganza extravaganza that is RuPaul DragCon (13-15 May).

West Coast, Australia
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10. West Coast, Australia

Want epic beaches and unforgettable wildlife encounters? Buckle up for a road trip along Australia West Coast, where you can spot stingrays, dolphins, Australian sea lions, fairy penguins and more. In Ningaloo Marine Park, May is prime time to dive with whale sharks (the largest fish in the world), and there is even an annual whale shark festival in Exmouth. On Rottnest Island, a 30-min ferry from Perth, you will find quokkas and their young. The island is car-free, so hiring a bike is a great way to get around.


11. Greece

The Olympic Games might be an international event these days, but Greece is where it all began; visit Olympia and the wider Peloponnese region in May to get the original ancient stadium as well as crumbling amphitheatres, Byzantine fortresses, mountain-top villages and lesser-known beaches practically to yourself. The islands of Crete, Kefalonia and Mykonos are gorgeous (and relatively crowd-free) at this time of year too—Corfu is also worth a visit on May 21, when it celebrates the Ionian Islands unification with Greece with parades.

Okavango Delta, Botswana
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12. Okavango Delta, Botswana

If you are keen to channel your inner Attenborough, now is the time. Botswana dry season is just beginning, meaning landscapes are still reasonably green, days are rain-free (if a little cold at night), and the skies are clear. Wildlife spotting is pretty much on a par with the high season; as the floods retreat, the Big Five (along with giraffes, zebra and hippo) converge at watering holes across the Okavango Delta. Pair a safari with a trip to Victoria Falls, which will be at its most thunderous.

Muhammad Hamza Khan Abduhu

Muhammad Hamza Khan Abduhu

Hi I'm Muhammad Hamza Khan Abduhu from Pakistan. I’m a Software Engineer by profession and my core job is web, iOS and Android mobile app development.

Traveling is my passion. I wish to visit maximum number of the countries of the World and share my travel experience with everyone through vLogging & blogging.

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