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Back in the before times when we could leave our house (remember those?) I liked to travel. While at home now I’ve been reminiscing about the month of May. I’ve only ever travelled to North American and European destinations in May, so I can’t speak for traveling to every place on earth in May (also that’s impossible). Still May has always been one of my favourite months to travel.
Much of this depends on where you’re going, but for many places May is considered either the off-season or the shoulder season. This means it’s usually less crowded than peak travel seasons like holidays and summer. And prices during the off-season or shoulder season will be lower than peak season. There are downsides to travelling outside peak season though. Some attractions (like outdoor ones) might not be open, or have restricted hours of operation. Be sure to check in advance to see if any attractions you want to visit in May will be open, and if so what the hours of operation will be.
It’s also worth checking if there’ll be a holiday for any place you visit in May. For example in Canada the Monday before May 25 is Victoria Day, which is a national holiday. This is also unofficially considered the start of summer, and lots of people will go out camping this weekend (though maybe not this year). Obviously if you visit somewhere when there’s a national holiday it could be a bit busy.
What I like about travelling in May is the weather. Again, I’ve only travelled in North America and Europe in May, but I find the weather to be generally pleasant this month. Where I live there might be the rare bit of snowfall in May, but it usually doesn’t last very long. Some places might get some rain in May, but it’s always a good idea to have a waterproof jacket when you travel. I’ve also been to places like Cancun and Las Vegas where the temperature in May is above 30°C (86°F). If you want to visit somewhere hot in May then it’s definitely possible. Check the weather for your destination so you know what to pack. For example the weather in San Francisco in May is a lot different than the weather in Las Vegas in May.
Finally, I find May is great time of the year to go on a road trip. I’ve done several road trips in May. Two friends and I did a road trip to Las Vegas (with a stop at the Grand Canyon) in 2007. I went on a short road trip around the east coast of Canada and the US with a friend in 2009. Finally I did a solo trip from Calgary, Alberta to Toronto, Ontario (took about a week of driving). I’ve also travelled by plane and by train (within the same country) in May and that’s been great as well. I have a feeling a multi-country train trip in Europe would be pretty awesome to do in May.
I don’t always travel in the month of May, but when I do I always enjoy it. Here are a few photos from some places I’ve visited in May.