Best holiday ideas for May 2017

Experience the luminous midsummer eves in Russia with plenty of culture to boot

Where to go on holiday in May

As the mercury rises in the Northern Hemisphere much of Europe becomes an ideal destination before the crowds of summer. The Mediterranean is pleasantly warm with the cruising season in Croatia and Turkey starting and much of the Far East is looking beautiful. The further north you go the more hours of sunlight you can enjoy during the day and St. Petersburg in Russia is a great place to enjoy this with the White Nights Festival. You can make the most of long days in Iceland too.

There's a number of unique experiences to be had in May, chief among them the bi-annual migration of the Berbers in Morocco. To help you plan your May 2017 holiday we've put together some of the best destinations and experiences to be found at this time of year as well as our choice of top beach and wildlife destinations the month has to offer.

Top Destinations and Experiences in May



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Bi-annual mountain journey

Migration of the Berbers in Morocco

Twice a year the nomadic Berber tribes journey across the Atlas Mountains from the edge of the Sahara in search of greener pastures for their herds of livestock. Travelling with goats, sheep, camels and donkeys as well as all their belongings, the tribes take a scenic route that takes a few weeks, camping en route. It's a unique adventure for intrepid travellers and a great time to visit Morocco.

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White Nights and Museums

Long days in Russia

As spring progresses in the northern hemisphere, countries in the far north begin to experience long days of sunlight with a few hours of eerie twilight at night. There's nowhere better to enjoy this natural phenomenon than in Russia where the city of St. Petersburg celebrates with all-night openings of their top museums and galleries accompanied by special exhibitions, street art and performances.

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Picture-perfect weather

Visiting Israel

May is the ideal time to visit Israel. Temperatures are pleasantly warm, there's little rain and the clear, blue skies are perfect for photographing the country's many religious monuments and buildings. The scenery is beautiful with spring-time flowers and there's a number of important national and Jewish festivals making it a good time to delve into Israel's culture and traditions.

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Bird's eye view

Microflight over Victoria Falls

After the wet season the Zambezi River is swollen with water and cascades over the Victoria Falls to create an impressive display of nature's power. With so much water, the spray can often block views from the ground so this is the ideal time to take to the skies for a bird's eye of the Falls, witnessing it in all its glory on a microflight above the river canyon.

Best Beach Destinations in May

It's well into spring come May across the Mediterranean with the mercury starting to creep up and the tourist season kicking off. The wet season is slowly creeping up on Southeast Asia which means the weather can be a mixed bag with the odd shower likely wherever you go though plenty of coastal areas will experience near-perfect weather. Cancun and the Caribbean Coast is drawing to the end of the dry season.

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Thailand

The east coast of peninsula Thailand is an ideal beach destination at this time of year with high temperatures and little rain expected. Islands such as Koh Samui and Koh Phangan are where you should head for the best weather, or Krabi on the mainland, as the west coast will be experiencing a little more rain.

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Turkey

The Mediterranean is beautiful at this time of year - temperatures have warmed up nicely and resorts have opened their doors for the start of the peak tourist season. With most of the northern hemisphere still at school, many resorts can be a little quieter in May so it'll be more of a laid-back experience.

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Morocco

Morocco may not scream beach destination for many travellers but there's over 1200 miles of coastline from Agadir in the north to charming Essaouira and Taghazoute in the south. Temperatures are reliably warm throughout the day and the peak season crowds have yet to descend.

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Borneo

For Borneo the month of May represents the transitional period between the monsoons so it's a great time to visit especially Sabah where rainfall is minimal and temperatures are bearable. This is the best time to enjoy Borneo's beaches and spend time snorkelling in the marine national parks.

Best Wildlife Destinations in May

May is the second month of the main rains across equatorial East Africa, so Kenya and Tanzania are not ideal at this time of year with the watered vegetation providing cover for the animal residents, making safaris more challenging. However, further south the dry season has begun so game viewing is better. Across the Galapagos it's business as usual as endemic species court, breed and nest as they do throughout much of the year.

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South Africa

It's the beginning of the dry season in South Africa which makes it the ideal time to search for the Big 5 in the Kruger National Park where the vegetation is thinning and wildlife gathers around watering holes. It's not yet too dusty, the skies are generally clear and the crowds have yet to hit.

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Botswana

Like much of southern Africa at this time of year, Botswana begins its dry season and game viewing on land is starting to reach its prime with ideal temperatures for visitors - clear skies, mild heat and few mosquitoes. However, the floods won't hit the Okavango Delta for another month.

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Namibia

Wildlife viewing is on the rise in Namibia in May with the safari season really kicking off in June. However, May is still considered to offer the best weather with moderate temperatures, little rainfall and still a bit of greenery around. Prices can also be better in the shoulder season.

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India

It's the last month of the year that India's national parks are open before the monsoon rains draw in. Temperatures are becoming very hot in the northern regions of India but the vegetation will be at its thinnest after months of no rain so prowling tigers will be more visible, perfect for a safari.

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June

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July

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August

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September

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October

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November

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December

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January

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March

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