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Best places in the world to travel to in May 2024

May is heavy on holidays, and you know what that means! Time to take a quick trip! Check out the TOP 5 most amazing places to visit in May, then make a choice and book your tickets. Deal? Go!

The best destinations to travel to in May

  1. Tanzania
  2. Italy
  3. UK
  4. Tunisia
  5. Hungary

Tanzania: Fall in love with Africa forever

A herd of African Elephants and calf crossing a road between tourist safari vehicles.
A herd of African Elephants and calf crossing a road between tourist safari vehicles © Getty Images

Colorful, versatile, and stunningly beautiful, Tanzania has everything travelers need to experience real Africa. You’ll find untamed nature, ancient tribes, deserted beaches, a mixture of cultures, and more. Just imagine the extraordinary adventures awaiting you!

Area: 945,087  km2 Language: Swahili and English Capital city: Dodoma
Population: 61.5 million Local currency: Tanzanian shilling Time zone: GMT +3

Best vacation spots in Tanzania

Take a look at the top vacation spots in Tanzania to see how this country breaks all stereotypes about “dusty and dangerous” Africa.

Arusha – The best place for vacationing with family

Arusha is a true mecca for safari lovers. If you’ve always dreamed of watching the “big five” African in their natural environment (elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards, and lions), this place hits the spot. As a bonus, you’ll have a great chance to see the seasonal migration of artiodactyls in May.

Stone Town – Visit the homeland of Freddy Mercury

Stone Town is just a tiny part of the island of Zanzibar, and it’s worth your attention. Wander around the native town of legendary musician Freddy Mercury and admire local mosques, Catholic cathedrals, and colorful houses! Discover white sandy beaches dotted with starfish when the tide ebbs and flows.

Wide shot of the promenade of Stone Town
The promenade of Stone Town © Getty Images

Dar es Salaam – A bustling spot for vacationing and entrepreneurship

The most well-known city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam offers sandy, palm-fringed Coco Beach. The Kigamboni District will welcome you with the bright sun and leave you with a topped-up tan. While enjoying your vacation, you can look at the growth of business in Tanzania by taking an investor tour. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at a trade in the area and how local entrepreneurs get an interest-free loans to help them expand.

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Italian food is one of the best in the world! © Getty Images

Italy – Come for the best season for vacations

Where to go in Italy in May? Anywhere! The high spring sun is warm but not blazing. Wanna chill on the beach all day long? Do it here! Like to discover a beautiful city before the scorching summer sun sets in? Do it now!

Two woman stand in a vintage yellow fiat, and admire the view of Positano, Italy.
The beautiful village of Positano © Getty Images
Area: 301,230  km2 Language: Italian Capital city: Rome
Population: 59.07 million Local currency: Euro Time zone: GMT+1

Best vacation spots in Italy

Sunny, green Tuscany, with its endless vineyards and medieval towns, and romantic Venice, with its gondola rides. These are just some of the many great places you can visit in Italy.

Venice – Make your own vibe in this iconic place

This world-famous city needs no introduction. Walk around Venice and visit the stunning Piazza and Cathedral of San Marco, stop at an outdoor restaurant for risotto nero and take a jazzy Insta photo before you eat it, and travel by gondola under the Bridge of Sighs (so named not because of love but because of convicts’ sorrow before being sent to prison). But who said you couldn’t make your plot in this place?

Pescoluse – Visit the Maldives of Salento

We would dare to suggest that Pescoluse is even better than the Maldives. Besides palms and blue water, here you will see something worthy of your eyes – the waters of the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea meeting in natural rivalry. The popularity of this resort has led to extreme congestion on the coast during summer, but in May, both crowds and prices are more reasonable.

Bologna – Alps in May? Fantastico!

When in Bologna, don’t limit yourself to city adventuring. After admiring Piazza Maggiore and Neptune Square, with its beautiful fountain, get out of the city and head for the mountains. May’s not the time for skiing or seeing snow-peaked mountains but breathing the fresh Alps air and strolling in the Corno alle Scale is fantastic!

Naples – Pizza anyone?

Pizza in Naples, Italy
The famous Neapolitan pizza © Getty Images

Visit must-see places in Naples like Pompei, the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, and the Piazza Garibaldi. Try out the local snacks like cuoppo, zeppole, and frittatina di pasta. Still, want a bite of pizza? Try L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, where the heroine, played by Julia Roberts in the movie Eat Pray Love, has lunch.

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Church United Kingdom
The great architecture of United Kingdom © Getty Images

United Kingdom – Travel and see the places you learned about in school

We know all the jokes about rainy and iffy weather in the UK, but little did you know you can find brilliant weather if you holiday here in May.

Don’t forget – the United Kingdom encompasses more than just England. Check out the spectacular sites in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland when you’re in the UK.

London Big Ben and traffic on Westminster Bridge
London Big Ben and traffic on Westminster Bridge
Area: 243,610 km2 Language: English Capital city: London
Population: 67.3 million Local currency: Pound sterling Time zone: GMT  0

Best vacation spots in the UK

You’ve seen the photos of Big Ben. There are plenty more awe-inspiring sights in the UK you need to see, including classical forms of architecture, carefully designed gardens, seaside villages, castles, and hopping urban scenes.

Nottingham – Follow the steps of Robin Hood in beautiful places

Located in the heart of England, Nottingham has two ancient sites worth checking out –  Nottingham Castle, founded by William the Conqueror, and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, purported to be the country’s oldest pub. And don’t forget to walk around Sherwood Forest, known to us for the legend of Robin Hood.

Chester – Experience true British life

Because of its small size, the English city of Chester is not a very popular tourist destination, but the British adore it. Old stone and half-timbered buildings spread out on Eastgate, Bridge, and Watergate streets give a flavor of true Britain. Chester is located in the western part of the country of Cheshire, which is known to us thanks to Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. Grab a cute souvenir in the form of a smiling feline.

Edinburgh – Scotland’s capital city welcomes honeymooners and more

Edinburgh combines an old city feel with a vibrant cultural and nightlife scene. You’ll be drawn in by the architecture of the Georgian era, which is perfectly preserved to this day. When you wander around majestic stone buildings and get hungry, check out Mussel Inn – an establishment of two local fishermen where two pounds of mussels and a basket of fish cost less than £10.

Scotland, Lothian, Edinburgh, piper above city (Enhancement)
Edinburgh has great hikes in the city centers to see the city from above © Getty Images

Manchester – Not just for football fans

If you think only about football (or soccer, for Americans) when you hear “Manchester,” you will be surprised to learn it’s called the city of the future and is the homeland of computer programming and railway stations. Come here to see how the neo-Gothic Town Hall, industrial Castlefield, and the world’s thinnest modern skyscraper, Beetham Tower.

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Tunisia – Dive in for a warm getaway in May

Tunisia teems with attractions for visitors. Relax by the magnificent sea if you’re feeling lazy. Go snorkeling, diving, and kitesurfing if tomorrow brings an energy boost. Crave adventures? Book a trip to the Sahara or the ancient city of Carthage. Or go bargain-hunting for spices, fruits, textiles, and dishes in colorful local markets. Travelers with children will find numerous water parks, Disneyland, zoos, and even ice rinks.

Desert Camp "Camp Mars", dunes landscape
Desert Camp “Camp Mars”, dunes landscape
Area: 163,610 km2 Languages: Arabic, English Capital city: Tunis
Population: 11.9M Local currency: Tunisia dinar Time zone: GMT+1

Best vacation spots in Tunisia

The following places to travel to in Tunisia are well worth visiting and safe and tourist-friendly.

Djerba – In the footsteps of Darth Vader

Djerba is known for luxurious sandy beaches and fresh breezes from the Mediterranean Sea. It was used as a location for the world-famous Star Wars movies. As a bonus, you’ll find that the pink flamingos inhabiting Djerba are comfortable with people, so be sure to say hello. Hotels range can be found at all prices, whether you want something cheap to luxurious and posh.

Sousse – Visit the iconic place of African disco around olive trees

Surrounded by fragrant olive and orange trees, Sousse has many sights and architectural monuments for tourists to enjoy. It’s also the most convenient take-off point for excursions into the Sahara. What else? The largest disco in North Africa, Bora-Bora! But don’t book a morning trip to the Sahara if you’re planning to go to the Bora Bora rave the night before. You may need some time to sleep off a hangover!

Seasoned olives for sale in Tunisia
Seasoned olives for sale in Tunisia © Getty Images

Are you looking for a more luxurious rest? Consider a trip to nearby Port El Kantaoui for horseback riding or yachting.

Kelibia – Are you brave enough to go off the beaten track?

For really adventurous travelers, Kelibia will be a breath of fresh air. The mini-resort is not well known among foreign tourists, so that you won’t find any organized tours here yet. Other than Cap Bon Kelibia Beach Hotel & Spa 4, there are no certified hotels in Kelibia. Tourists stay in guest houses that offer a dive into local life. Enjoy pristine nature, relatively empty beaches, and a fortress built by the Phoenicians – they’re worth the trip!

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Hungary – Visit the homeland of the Rubik’s cube and a gem of Europe

No wonder Hungary is often called a gem of Europe with its unique corners of nature, ancient fortresses, and castles of different eras and styles.

River Danube and Parliament building, Budapest
River Danube and Parliament building, Budapest © Getty Images
Area: 93,030 km2 Language: Hungarian Capital city: Budapest
Population: 9.7 million Local currency: Hungarian forint Time zone: GMT +1

Best vacation spots in Hungary

Hungary can satisfy the needs of even the most demanding travelers.

Balaton Lake – Travel to one of the biggest lakes in Central Europe

It doesn’t matter what village or resort you will choose near Balaton. It’s the lake itself that matters! The senior members of your family will enjoy the resorts and health spas, while the young people can opt for a picnic overlooking the lake followed by tennis, football, or water skiing.

When walking around nearby towns, look for the Abbey of St. Anjos, the Gothic Franciscan church in Keszthely, and hotel buildings dating to the late 18th century.

Legends say that at the sandy bottom of the lake, there is a church altar where, because of unrequited love, a young girl constantly cries. As long as her tears flow, the lake will not dry up. So don’t be afraid if you hear strange sounds when swimming.

Eger – This is where to fly to find yourself in a medieval town with local conveniences

The historic city of Eger is a must-see for history lovers and people who enjoy beautiful views. Stroll around Dobo Istvan Square, explore its medieval Egri Var Castle and the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Apostle, or climb the Eger Minaret for a panoramic view of the city. Come back to the 21st century for shopping on Szechenyi Street and super comfortable thermal baths. Don’t forget to have a glass of Egri Bikaver (local red wine) in this fabulous city.

Budapest – Visit one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe

Budapest is rightly called a gem of Europe. Stunning architecture and historical monuments, informative museums, impressive open spaces, vibrant street art, and thermal baths will conquer your heart.

Want to go deeper than the usual tourist attractions? Mount Gellert is well-visited, but not everyone gets to the Philosophical Garden. You will feel peace and seclusion here. If you want to hang out with the locals, check out “ruin” bars like Szimpla Kert. These establishments started in the former ghetto and became a European hipster mecca.

Tokaji – The best wine awaits!

Why Tokaji in May? Because that’s when the traditional wine festival takes place! Tokaji Aszu wine will pamper your taste buds after a day of climbing Kopaş Hegi (Bald Mountain), visiting the Tokai Museum, or boating on the Bodrog and Tisza rivers.

Autumn vineyard and Tokaji hegy (513 m), Tokaj region, Great Plain and North, Hungary
Autumn vineyard in Tokaji, some of the smoothest wine in the world © Getty Images

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Frequently asked questions

What is the no. 1 most visited country in the world?

France is the most visited country in the world. Because of the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, it has gotten hard to compare the popularity of countries due to severe travel restrictions. Nevertheless, in 2018 and 2019, France welcomed 90 million guests from all over the world.

What to pack when traveling?

Earplugs can help you in a noisy vehicle or stay at a hotel in the city center. Plug adapters allow you to charge your phone when sockets differ from your home country. Remember sunglasses and sunscreen even when traveling to cloudy places like Stockholm or London. And, indeed, a corkscrew will come in handy for a few glasses of wine while watching the sun go down.

What is the best way to pack your luggage?

We can recommend a Tetris method: fill every inch of space (shoes should be stuffed with socks and put together, heel-to-toe, at the bottom of the suitcase). Roll clothes instead of folding them. It helps save a little more space and avoid wrinkles. Also, keep liquids within easy reach: Airport luggage control sometimes asks you to pull out all liquids when going through security.

How to plan a vacation?

Start by working out your budget and decide where and when to go. Then, find a suitable flight and accommodation. Remember to exchange money in advance if needed. Purchase medical insurance and make copies of your documents. Of course, plan some things you’d like to do. (Stories from kiwi.com might help you come up with vacation ideas.) And finally, pack your suitcase and go!

Where are the best places to surf?

  • Gold Coast, Australia—Straddie, Snapper (Superbank) for adrenaline surfing.
  • North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii — Waimea Bay and Banzai Pipeline for skilled surfers, and Sunset Beach on the North Shore for beginners.
  • Bukit Peninsula, Bali, Indonesia — Padang Right for beginners, and Uluwatu or Padang Left for experts.

Where are the best places to scuba dive?

  • The Great Barrier Reef, Australia — The world’s longest reef has all the tropical sea life and coral you could imagine.
  • Ko Tao, Thailand—magnificent underwater life and is a cheap place to visit.
  • Sinai Peninsula, Egypt — Tere, you will see not only the sea life but also a large shipwreck of a British vessel, SS Thistlegorm, that was attacked from the air and sunk in 1941. Feel as if you were investigating a great mystery with this sunken craft.