Best Travel Destinations for May: Top Places Which are Perfect For Summer Vacations (Plus Bonus Tips)

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Updated on: 8 May, 2021


Winter is just passing by, the first rays of sunshine of spring send their soothing warmth into nature and onto your skin. What if that doesn’t make you want to go to a new travel destination? Right now is a perfect time to finalize your early summer travel plans! Where have you always wanted to go, which points on your bucket list are still unfulfilled? In this post, I’ll introduce you to 6 perfect travel destinations for May, and I’ll also explain briefly why this month is ideal for a vacation. I wish you a lot of fun and travel while reading!

Best Destinations for May

Table of Contents

  1. A city trip to Budapest & a detour to the south of Hungary
  2. Another real insider tip: the Puszta in the south of Hungary
  3. Hiking in the beautiful Vinschgau in South Tyrol
  4. Explore the Moremi game reserve in Botswana by jeep and roof tent
  5. May makes Botswana a perfect travel destination
  6. Enjoy the view of Dubai from the Burj Khalifa
  7. Isn’t a visit to the Burj Khalifa also on your bucket list?

A city trip to Budapest & a detour to the south of Hungary

For me, Budapest is one of the most charming cities in Europe. The fairytale architecture of the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Parliament Building, the wonderful view from the dome of St. Stephen’s Basilica over the roofs of Budapest and the touch of hip decay in the capital’s hip ruin bars. The beauty of the Danube has a lot to offer:

Budapest sights: the 15 most beautiful places & activities in the capital of Hungary

A city trip to Budapest in May is particularly nice. In the numerous cafés and restaurants you can sit outside until late in the evening and on sunny days the park around the Budapest Eye invites you to sit in the grass and put your feet in the fountain. People also sit in the grass along the banks of the Danube. Simply join in with a cool drink and a traditional Hungarian tree cake and enjoy the great atmosphere on the river.

My hotel tip for Budapest

the very stylish Aria Hotel in the center of Pest. From the super cool roof terrace you have probably the best view in town of the dome of St. Stephen’s Basilica, which appears to be within your grasp!

Another real insider tip: the Puszta in the south of Hungary

A landscape that I personally have grown particularly fond of is the Puszta in the south of Hungary. Everything is flat here, you won’t find a single mountain or even larger hill here. Geographically, the Puszta belongs to the great Eurasian steppe, which extends into Mongolia. Numerous forests, many smaller lakes and, above all, wide fields characterize the picture.

For me it is above all the seemingly endless space and the loneliness that I like so much here. If you turn into one of the bumpy sandy paths away from the tarred roads, you feel like you are in a place that has somehow been forgotten by the rest of the world. Fields, forests and vastness. Now and then interrupted by an old, abandoned farmhouse that tries unsuccessfully to brave the slow decline.

If you are lucky, the first acacias will bloom at the end of May, a tree that is very typical for the south of Hungary. Or wide fields with red poppies, what a splendor! Have you ever heard of so-called poplar snow? With a little luck, this phenomenon can also be observed in the Puszta in May. The soils of entire poplar forests are then covered with summer snow, as the poplar blossom is also called, a centimeter thick.

My hotel tip for the Puszta

A very nice place is the Homoki Lodge , where you can spend the night in luxurious Mongolian yurts. If the sun in May is not warm enough for a dip in the pool, you can go for a ride on horseback, for example, because the Homoki Lodge has its own stables with many horses. Or how about a little puszta safari in a professional safari jeep?

Destinations in May: hiking in the beautiful Vinschgau in South Tyrol

May is also a perfect month for hiking in beautiful South Tyrol. I was particularly enthusiastic about the Vinschgau region with its picturesque views over the extensive vineyards and into the lovely valleys. Even the approach over the Reschenpass with the sunken church tower in the Reschensee and the majestic Marienberg monastery is special.

I went hiking in Vinschgau in October, but would definitely choose May next time, as the first wildflower blossoms of spring make the green alpine meadows look so magical! I can highly recommend the hike to Lake Upia, which starts at Glieshof at 1,824 meters in the rear Matschertal.

We did not meet any human soul on this path, only silence and pure nature completed this experience!

Climbing the Watles summit at 2,557 meters is almost mandatory if you are on holiday in Upper Venosta Valley. A chair lift takes you comfortably to the Plantapatsch hut at 2,150 meters, from where you can walk to the summit cross of Watles in around 1.5 to 2 hours. Enjoying a delicious Kaiserschmarrn and a real South Tyrolean apple spritzer with this view is the perfect reward after climbing the summit:

Holidays in South Tyrol: wellness & beautiful hikes in Vinschgau

My hotel tip for Vinschgau

Das Gerstl is a fantastically beautiful, family-run hotel with an incredible view of the valley at the hotel’s feet . Especially from the small infinity pool and the inviting sun terrace, the view of Mals is incomparable, especially when the fog is still hanging below the mountain peaks in the morning!

Explore the Moremi game reserve in Botswana by jeep and roof tent

One of the most exciting things I have ever been able to experience was our jeep tour of the Moremi game reserve in Botswana. When you prepare your roof tent for the night in the evening, no fences separate you from the wild animals that now live side by side with you in the African bush. After dark, your senses begin to sharpen: wasn’t that just a puffing behind the car and what the heck is rustling in the bushes? With the first rays of sunshine in the morning you can very excitedly track the fresh tracks around your jeep.

In the Moremi Game Reserve, hippos and even a big cat once kept us company at night. Exciting, isn’t it?

I would like to recommend the Savuti (Chobe National Park) and Third Bridge campsites near Xakanaxa (Moremi Game Reserve) to you. With their location in particularly wild areas of Botswana, they promise you particularly adventurous nights!

Bonus tip

It is best to spend two nights at each of these campsites. They are the perfect places to relax from the often long journeys on other days in a fantastic safari atmosphere!

May makes Botswana a perfect travel destination

We were in Botswana at the beginning of April, which definitely falls into the rainy season. During our drive into the Moremi game reserve, we had to struggle with deep puddles of water, which often sloshed over the windshield when driving through and can therefore be very dangerous for the engine.

What the heavy rain conjures up, however, is a beautifully green nature. That’s why I would definitely like to recommend May for a trip to Botswana. The puddles should be dry by then, the sand is still quite firm from the rain and shouldn’t really cause any problems when driving, and all the shades of green in the bush, the flowers and blossoms are really incomparable.

Bonus tip

A great help when planning your route is the maps from Tracks4Africa , which you must download before your trip!

The Moremi Game Reserve is located between Chobe National Park, known for its huge herds of elephants, and the part of the Okavango Delta that you can no longer reach by jeep. All the luxurious lodges that promise unforgettable experiences with the Big 5 are located there. For more inspiration, be sure to check out these two posts:

Botswana Okavango Delta: exciting safaris on land and in the water with Jeep, Mokoro & Co.
→ Victoria Falls & Botswana Safari in Chobe National Park: the perfect combination in Africa

Destinations in May: enjoy the view of Dubai from the Burj Khalifa

May tends to be part of the hot summer in the United Arab Emirates, but it has two advantages over the cooler winter months: firstly, there are no longer as many tourists to Dubai and secondly, the danger of strong sandstorms is now averted again. It is not uncommon for these to occur in the winter there. In my opinion, you will find the perfect compromise and a great month to travel to Dubai in May.

I can wholeheartedly recommend the Rove Healthcare City Hotel as a starting point for your explorations . Although it is a bit outside of the city center, the modern and very colorful design spreads a good mood and from the rooms on the upper floors you have a wonderful view of the city skyline in the distance. We treated ourselves to a hop-on-hop-off bus ticket for 48 hours, which made it easy for us to reach all of Dubai’s sights. Here you can book such a ticket in advance from home:

Hop-on-hop-off bus ticket with BigBus in Dubai

Isn’t a visit to the Burj Khalifa also on your bucket list?

With its proud 828 meters, it is still the tallest building in the world and impresses with an incredible view of Dubai and the surrounding desert. In the evening you should make yourself comfortable in the park at his feet and enjoy the elaborately installed light show!
Traditional handicrafts and local delicacies (also perfect as a souvenir for your loved ones at home) can be found at Dubai Creek. A sophisticated atmosphere with numerous cafes, bars and restaurants awaits you at the Dubai Marina and the huge Dubai Mall with over 1,200 shops promises to cool off from the heat of the city.

And? With this list, could I give you some good suggestions for beautiful travel destinations in May? Can you think of a nice place for early summer or do you have any questions? Feel free to leave a comment here on my travel blog, I’m very happy about it!

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