26 Cheap destinations for 2023 with great weather in May

May can be an amazing month to plan an international trip because there is nice weather in the vast majority of the world’s favorite destinations. Southern Europe is warm enough to enjoy spending time outdoors, while most of the tropical destinations are still pleasant with the rainy season at least a month away.

In 2023 you’ll have way more choices than you would have had in the last few years, as most of the popular tourism countries are open for business once again. China continues to be a rare exception, but even within Asia you’ll have plenty of great choices with really good weather and very affordable prices once you get there.

Important May Holidays in 2023

    • May 1 – International Workers’ Day/Labour Day/May Day: A public holiday in most of the world
    • May 1 to 5 – Labour Day in China
    • May 18 – Ascension Day (Most of Europe plus a few other Christian countries elsewhere)
    • May 29 – Memorial Day (USA)
    • May 29 – Spring Bank Holiday (UK)
    • May 29 – Whit Monday (public holiday in France, Germany, and many other European countries)

    These are cheap destinations, just to be clear

    If you have an unlimited budget then you have an amazing number of choices with great weather in May including Paris, New York, and Tokyo, but this list is created for people looking to get value for money. Depending on where you are starting it might cost quite a bit to get to some of these cities, however costs will be relatively low once you arrive.

The Americas

Stretching from Canada down to Patagonia, the weather in many of the cheaper parts of the Americas is not ideal in the month of May, especially with the rainy season starting up in most of Central America, but there are still plenty of choices.

The Caribbean

For those looking just to relax in the sun, May is the perfect month to head to the Caribbean because high season is over but the weather is still dry and perfect. Better still, prices at many of the resorts come down dramatically from their highs of earlier in the season. Independent and cultural travelers can do it cheaply by booking a hotel and exploring, but honestly the best deals are at the all-inclusive resorts.

Cancun, Mexico

  • May avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • May avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • May avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

May is an excellent month to visit Cancun or the lovely town of Playa del Carmen a bit to its south, because the crowds are thin and room rates are low in spite of the perfect weather. Starting in early April, room rates at even the best hotels here go down, so the value is fantastic.

You might get a brief flash of rain or two on a visit to Cancun in the month of May, but it rarely lasts more than 30 minutes or so, and it can be refreshing. Otherwise, you’ll be spending most of your time on or near the beach with ocean breezes, or in the air-conditioned hotel or restaurants, so you’ll be quite comfortable.

The Cancun area is so large and diverse that it can be a challenge to first-time visitors or even old pros. There are 9 different areas ranging from the very affordable downtown Cancun to the lush resorts on Cozumel island a bit to the south. Check out our article on choosing where to stay in Cancun to find the best place for your style and budget.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$63 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$97 per night for two people

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • May avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • May avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • May avg precip: 1.2″/3.0cm

If you are looking for an all-inclusive hotel stay then Punta Cana should be the first place you consider. The lovely white beaches are lined with European-owned hotels that offer amazing deals along with high quality, and May is one of the cheapest months of the year. In other words, the room rates will be so low it might look like a mistake, yet the deals are real. In fact, Punta Cana is our pick for the best Caribbean destinations for families with kids because there are so many great resorts that cater to families offering water parks and much more.

Punta Cana has a fairly new airport and new roads, so it’s all very civilized and efficient, unlike many other places in the Caribbean. This is also one of the Caribbean’s busiest airports, so you can get direct cheap flights in from all major cities in North America and many in Europe. The Dominican Republic has several other clusters of hotels and all are great deals in May, but Punta Cana is the largest, easiest to reach, and in many ways the nicest of them as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$49 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$154 per night for two people

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Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • May avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • May avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • May avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

May in Montego Bay is definitely a warm month, but it’s also dry and generally pleasant. This is the place to come if you want an all-inclusive hotel or other large beach hotel that is close to the US and everyone speaks English. The town itself isn’t much to talk about, so it’s best to come here to stay at one of the large stand-alone hotels. They range from modest to amazing, but check reviews carefully before you book because the quality can be uneven. There are actually large resort hotels scattered all along the northern coast and the west coast as well.

If Montego Bay itself doesn’t sound perfect then you might instead consider Negril or Ocho Rios, both of which are about 90 minutes away from Montego Bay Airport, and both provide different experiences. Ocho Rios is another area with large hotels and some interesting attractions (most notably a waterfall), while Negril is the old-school beach area with small hotels and bars and interesting local culture. Jamaica is also home to two of our top 11 best luxury all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, and they both have amazing overwater bungalows.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$83 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$217 per night for two people

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

  • May avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • May avg low: 68°F/21°C
  • May avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

If you are living in the eastern half of the US or Canada, or in Europe, the above Caribbean destinations are probably your best bet. But if you are living in the western half of the US or Canada, you should probably be focusing on Puerto Vallarta instead. Unlike some of the others above, Puerto Vallarta is a historic town with a lovely central district as well as all types of resort hotels up and down the beach.

Flights into Puerto Vallarta are typically fairly cheap even in high season. As you can see by the room rates mentioned just below, the hotel scene in PV runs quite a range. You can get a nice 3-star hotel a few blocks from the beach for almost nothing, but the 4-star chain resorts along the beach are not quite as cheap. Still, everything here is good value for most visitors, and it feels far more authentic than Cancun or Punta Cana. When June rolls in so does the rainy season, so plan your trip for May to be safe.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$42 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$149 per night for two people

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Los Cabos, Mexico

  • May avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • May avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • May avg precip: 0.0″/0.1cm

Especially if you are starting on the west coast of the US or Canada, Los Cabos is another great option in May for an affordable trip. Los Cabos is actually an area with twin towns on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, with pretty much perfect weather in May. Cabo san Lucas is the town built around the large and gorgeous marina in the west, while San Jose del Cabo is the more spread out town in the east that is close to the airport.

If you like nightlife and shopping then it’s best to book a hotel in Cabo san Lucas, but if you want a quiet beach hotel or something more family oriented you’ll have dozens of great options in San Jose del Cabo and all along the southern beaches in between.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$71 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$178 per night for two people

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New Orleans, USA

  • May avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • May avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • May avg precip: 4.6″/11.5cm

New Orleans can get famously muggy and sticky during the peak of summer, so May is a perfect time to visit. Days will be warm and it cools off enough each evening to balance things out comfortably, while still being pleasant for the nightlife scene outdoors. Among the best places to visit in May, New Orleans is our only recommendation in the United States, so it’ll be the cheapest option for many readers.

May is part of high season for hotel prices, but generally New Orleans is a relative bargain in the United States, with hostels and budget rooms being cheaper than in most major cities, and excellent food and drinks being quite affordable if you look around a bit.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$148 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$167 per night for two people

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Mexico City, Mexico

  • May avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • May avg low: 53°F/12°C
  • May avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Mexico City’s climate isn’t nearly as hot as most people would guess, due mostly to its elevation. The peak months for heat are April and May, but even these are quite reasonable most of the time, and the proper rainy season doesn’t begin until June. In other words, if you are looking for the hottest places in May, then Mexico City isn’t one of them.

Prices for hotels and hostels are quite cheap by most standards, and flights tend to be extremely affordable from America as well, especially compared to flights to Europe. Those looking for stylish hotels and restaurants will find an abundance of them in the city’s fashionable center, though knowing some Spanish will certainly help. Honestly, Mexico City is arguably one of the 5 most impressive cities in North America, and anyone who has visited before will be happy to tell you more about it.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$79 per night for two people

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San Pedro/Ambergris Caye, Belize

  • May avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • May avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • May avg precip: 4.0″/10cm

The rainy season does actually begin in Belize in May, but usually late in the month, and even then it’s usually only a few short afternoon cloud bursts each week. Otherwise the temperatures tend to be consistently pleasant, though a bit humid. Most of the Spring Break crowd is long gone by this time so you’ll have most of the restaurants to yourself, but the diving trips still go on.

If San Pedro on Ambergris Caye seems too expensive for you then you can stay on nearby Caye Caulker instead, or in the area with the best beaches in Belize on the Placencia Peninsula. Compared to similar resorts in the region the prices are very reasonable. It’s also worth checking out deals into and on nearby Roatán Island, which is part of Honduras. It’s worth noting that there can be a big difference between family-run 3-star hotels and slick and professional 4-star hotels in this area. You typically get what you pay for so if you book a cheap place you can expect it to be somewhat simple compared to places costing two or three times as much.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$72 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$139 per night for two people

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • May avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • May avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • May avg precip: 2.8″/7cm

With its location just inside the Tropical belt, the weather in Rio de Janeiro tends to be warm all year long, even during their “winter.” The rainy months are from December through April, so May is a perfect time for a visit. The beaches are packed with locals most of the year, including in May, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities for people-watching while you enjoy the otherwise gorgeous scenery.

The Brazilian currency continues to be low by recent standards so all of Brazil is fairly cheap again. The chain hotels on Copacabana and Ipanema beaches will still be fairly expensive, but some of the locally run places are really good bargains. The same goes for restaurants in the tourist areas with some places charging double or triple what other places charge for something similar.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$104 per night for two people

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Cartagena, Colombia

  • May avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • May avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • May avg precip: 3.8″/9.5cm

The temperatures in Cartagena are basically the same every day of the year, which means warm days and also warm tropical nights. Rain does pick up toward the end of May, but as usual, it tends to come down in short bursts, so it’s unlikely to ruin your holiday. If you are staying in the gorgeous historical walled city then it’s easy to find shelter quickly if needed, and the same is true for those staying along the beach area just to the west of the Old City.

Cartagena is still a great value for tourists, and hotels have their low-season prices on until July, so it’s an excellent choice if you can find an affordable flight. The whole country is seeing a resurgence in interest from travelers now that it’s been declared safe in nearly all areas, so it seems that prices might rise in the coming years. This city is one of the best cheap places to travel anytime of year, and May is one of the better months. It’s still not recommended that you tour the country by road as there have been a few incidents here and there, but Cartagena and its suburbs are generally considered to be very safe.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$86 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$104 per night for two people

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Lima, Peru

  • May avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • May avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • May avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Even though winter is just around the corner in Peru in May, Lima is a coastal city with mild temperatures all year, and there’s barely any rain recorded in the city during this time of year. The seaside suburb of Miraflores is where many tourists choose to stay, as it’s ideal for an outdoor lifestyle when the weather is still nice.

This is a very modern city with an interesting colonial past and architecture, and it’s a good bargain for most people. Those interested in going on to Cusco for Machu Picchu will find nights cooler there, but it’s still the end of the high season before the rains come.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$63 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$93 per night for two people

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Only the southernmost edges of Europe really enjoy what you’d call “good” weather in May, but still this is an excellent month for cultural tourists before the summer crowds swoop in.

Since most of Europe doesn’t fit the typical definition of “cheap,” you’ve only got a few entries on this list. However, several of Europe’s cheapest beach areas are worth considering in May because it’s already warm enough yet off season prices are still in effect.

As of the latest update to this article, the Euro and all other European currencies are as weak as they’ve been in at least 20 years, so things are unusually cheap if you are coming from the US or Canada.

Here is our list of the best Europe destinations for May.

Athens, Greece

  • May avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • May avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • May avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

Greece is definitely a relative bargain by European standards, it does have great weather in May, and it’s nicer than many people remember it from the old days. There’s almost no rain as well, so it’s an excellent time to explore the city before heading off to one or more of the Aegean islands for an early holiday if you can manage it.

Prices for hotels tend to be much cheaper in May before jumping up substantially in June. Hostels are good bargains all year round in Athens, but still many people find this to be a city that wears on them after only 3 or 4 days, so it’s fantastic that the islands are so easy to reach. It’s worth noting that the holiday season in the Greek Islands doesn’t really get going until later in May, so if you visit, say, Rhodes early in the month, you’ll be almost alone.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$78 per night for two people

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Naples, Italy

  • May avg high: 73°F/23°C
  • May avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • May avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

It may not actually be beach weather in Naples in May, but it’s very pleasant, and much nicer than the travel peak of July and August. As probably the cheapest major tourist city in Italy, it’s still a bit on the expensive side for some people, though hotels in particular do offer some really good deals during the fringe season like this, while hostels are less of a bargain. By the way, Naples has a deserved reputation for being a bit “gritty” so most people prefer staying in the lovely city of Sorrento just a bit to its south. It’s a little more expensive than Naples, but FAR more pleasant, and it’s also still very close to Pompeii as well as the Amalfi Coast.

May is also a good time to visit Sicily or one of the other nearby islands since they tend to be even cheaper and the weather is ideal before summer as well. The cities in the northern parts of the country can be chaotically crowded during summer, so even though they aren’t very warm yet, this is still a good time to visit as long as you are in the area.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$67 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$94 per night for two people

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Lisbon, Portugal

  • May avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • May avg low: 56°F/13°C
  • May avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Curiously, Lisbon is a bit warmer in May than Barcelona and Madrid, and it’s also a bit cheaper as well. High season for hotels in Lisbon doesn’t begin until June, as you’d expect, so this is an ideal time to come appreciate this underrated city’s charms.

The Algarve area along the southern coast of Portugal is even nicer for May weather, and a great bargain for early-season visitors. Prices at hotels and resort apartments are often very low, even along the beaches, so if you’ve got the time off this is one not to miss.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$81 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$104 per night for two people

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Istanbul, Turkey

  • May avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • May avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • May avg precip: 1.3″/3.3cm

The month of May is an ideal time for a holiday in Turkey if you can manage it. Istanbul itself still tends to be a bit cool, but the resort towns on the Mediterranean such as Antalya, and those along the Aegean like Bodrum, are nice and warm. The summer crowds are still not in affect so hotel prices are reasonable throughout the country.

Istanbul and all of Turkey are fantastic bargains as of 2023. The Turkish Lira just keeps spiraling down compared to the US dollar, so this place is an amazing deal for almost all foreign visitors. Turkey does have inflation that almost matches the currency decline, but it’s still one of the cheapest places in the region at the moment.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$35 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$58 per night for two people

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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • May avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • May avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • May avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

Tenerife is the main English-speaking island in the Canaries, which are just off Africa’s northern coast, and these prices and weather are similar in all of them. The weather here is almost the same the whole year round, so it’s most popular from December to April when Europe itself is cold or frozen. In other words, May is the start of the low season here, even though the climate is perfect.

It should be easy to find a flight to Tenerife in the month of May at a good price, and the better hotels will also be offering promotional deals. It’s not quite warm enough to spend a lot of time on the sand, but it’s still incredibly nice and consistent here, not to mention quite affordable. If you are looking for a beach party you might want to head to Ibiza instead, as the scene in Tenerife is usually very mellow.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$44 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$61 per night for two people

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Northern Africa gets extremely hot in mid summer, so May is a great choice in that region. South Africa does get a bit cool this month, so it’s not quite ideal.

Marrakech, Morocco

  • May avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • May avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • May avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

Marrakech gets absolutely scorching during July and August, so May is the perfect time to visit with pleasant warm days and cool evenings still. Fez tends to be a bit cooler year round and a bit cheaper as well, so it’s another good option if you aren’t interested in seeing both on the same trip.

Generally Morocco tends to be quite cheap by most standards, with prices for most things usually about half what they’d be in Spain just to the north. Many people come over by ferry, but sadly plenty of them go no farther than the entry point city of Tangier. Morocco is a great place to spend a week or more if you’ve got it, and May is a really nice time to visit.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$62 per night for two people

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Cairo, Egypt

  • May avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • May avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • May avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

May is the perfect time to visit anywhere in Egypt and specifically Cairo. The daytime temperatures do get up there, but it’s bone dry and the evenings cool off nicely anyway. The main attractions, like the Great Pyramids of Giza, tend to have reasonable crowds this time of year as well.

This city is very cheap by most standards, and things are even better in that the high-season for hotels ends in April, so you can get really good shoulder-season rates at many of the nicer 3-star and above places. It’s important to keep up with the news before booking a trip to Egypt. There had been some safety issues a few years ago, but as 2023 approaches it seems that the country is once again a safe place for tourists, at least those who stay in the popular tourist areas.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$38 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$49 per night for two people

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Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

  • May average high: 93°F/34°C
  • May average low: 75°F/24°C
  • May avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

If you are looking for the cheapest beach destination with warm May weather and little to no chance of rain, then this is it. Sharm el-Sheikh may not be at the top of your list for 2023, although it’s been generally safe for over a decade and security here is tighter than ever. This beach resort is where they help the COP 27 Climate Summit in November of 2022, so that should say something about what is available here and the level of service.

With the challenges that Egypt has faced in recent years, this resort is ready to deal on hotel rooms and water activities. Those who are making the trip are rewarded with value that you can’t find anywhere else in the world for this quality and excellent climate. Hotel prices are fantastic bargains by almost all standards, even though they are higher than they were only a few years ago.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$34 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$51 per night for two people

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April and May are the hottest months in most of southern Asia, so many of the cheapest cities on earth are quite uncomfortable at this time of year. Heavy rains start in some areas as well, so the choices now are a bit on the narrow side. As a result, the list of places to visit in May in Asia is a bit shorter than you might expect.

For even more great choices check out our article on the best Asia travel destinations in May.

Beijing, China

  • May avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • May avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • May avg precip: 1.3″/3.3cm

During the peak travel season in July and August, Beijing can get very steamy and quite wet, but during May the temperatures are very comfortable around the clock, and there’s almost no rain. The worst air pollution of summer is still several months off at this point as well, so those who might be sensitive to that should take that into account. Most foreigners will visit Beijing and elsewhere in China on a tour, which actually saves a lot of hassle and is usually even cheaper. Here is our advice on whether to visit China independently or on a tour. It’s worth noting that China celebrates Labour Day for the first 5 days of the month starting in 2020. Some things will be closed, but you should still be able to enjoy a visit and the tourist sights should be open.

The popular all-inclusive China tours from the United States are amazing value, but independent travelers will find this to be a very affordable city as well.

As of 2023 it’s important to note that all of mainland China is virtually off limits for general tourism. As of press time, they are still pursuing a Zero COVID policy and that starts with a minimum 10-day quarantine in a hotel that the government chooses and supervises. Even if you get past that, visitors can be tested for COVID at any time and potentially be locked down again if a new case has been detected nearby.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$52 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$73 per night for two people

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Shanghai, China

  • May avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • May avg low: 61°F/16°C
  • May avg precip: 4.0″/10.0cm

Being farther south, Shanghai gets even hotter during the peak of summer, so May really is an ideal time to visit. The rains really pick up starting in June as well, so even though May is part of the high season for hotels, it’s probably worth the extra bit of money.

Traveling cheap here can be a bit more challenging than in Beijing, but it can be done if you are well prepared. Cheap hotels and restaurants are a bit harder to find in some neighborhoods, so a good guidebook or online resource is key if you are trying to maximize your funds. At least English is more widely spoken in Shanghai so it’s easier to deal with than Beijing or other huge cities.

Needless to say, Shanghai has the same ultra-strict COVID policy as Beijing (above) so it’s better to wait until that is phased out before considering a visit. It’s an amazing city so we will keep it on this list for now, and hopefully remove these COVID warnings soon.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$78 per night for two people

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Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

  • May avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • May avg low: 78°F/26°C
  • May avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

Being practically on the equator, the temperatures in Bali are steady all year long, with warm days and nearly-as-warm nights. The heavy rains fall between November and March, so May is a perfect time to come at the beginning of the nice season and before the summer crowds have arrived.

Hotels booked online are reasonable enough and reliable, but independent travelers looking for smaller places and even cheaper places once they arrive can still find excellent bargains. If done right, Bali is one of the best travel deals in the world. The scenery is amazing and the culture is unique. Traffic jams are recently taking their toll, however. You can avoid the traffic by staying in the purpose-built Nusa Dua resort area in the south. Bali has hit extremely hard during the pandemic with almost no tourism at all for over a year. It’s coming back slowly, so hotel deals might be even better than they had been a few years earlier.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$52 per night for two people

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Pokhara, Nepal

  • May avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • May avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • May avg precip: 4.0″/10.0cm

The trekking season in Nepal basically has four good months of weather, and fortunately May is one of them (along with April, October, and November). Rains do pick up at the end of the month, but generally conditions are very pleasant, even at altitude, and visibility is good.

Pokhara can get crowded during this time of year, but with a glut of new hotels being built you’ll still be able to find a great deal if you book in advance, or sometimes even if you just show up and shop around. Food and drinks are very cheap here all year round, so many people hang out between long treks into the nearby mountain ranges.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$21 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$61 per night for two people

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Middle East

Obviously this is similar to north Africa, so May is a very good time to visit these desert regions.

Dubai, UAE

  • May avg high: 100°F/38°C
  • May avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • May avg precip: 0.0″/0.8cm

Dubai is extremely popular from December through April because of its warm and dry weather, but by the time May rolls in it can be a bit too hot for some people. The good news is that it’s a dry heat and most people don’t spend much time outdoors here during the day anyway, unless they are sitting on the beach. This is a city for shopping for many visitors, and the numerous shopping malls are all very well air-conditioned.

The hotel rates in May are excellent value because the season is mostly over, so you can get a large apartment suite in May for the same price as a smaller hotel room in January. The food here is good value all year long as long as you know where to look. If you are doing the main attractions you should consider the Go Dubai Card as a way to save some money.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$56 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$74 per night for two people

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Tel Aviv, Israel

  • May avg high: 77°F/25°C
  • May avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • May avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Even though the summers in Tel Aviv aren’t quite as scorching as you might think, it’s still nicer in May, with lovely days and warm nights. The high season for hotels typically begins in June, so you can get some very good deals this time of year, especially at the higher-end places.

Budget travelers might struggle a bit, especially if they like a few alcoholic drinks in the evenings. Tours are very popular and can be a very good deal, including some very nice hotels that would be more expensive if booked on your own.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$119 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$156 per night for two people

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Amman, Jordan

  • May avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • May avg low: 58°F/14°C
  • May avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

With perfect weather and virtually no chance of rain, it’s no surprise that May in Amman is part of the high season for hotels, but fortunately things are still quite cheap by most international standards. Trips to Petra and Wadi Rum are the main reason to come here, but the city itself isn’t unpleasant on its own.

The low season begins in June, so good deals at the nicer places might be possible towards the end of May, and cheap food options are always available.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$46 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$74 per night for two people

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  1. Megan says:

    Hi Roger
    We have just returned from a trip to Istanbul. May I please use this opportunity to emplore travellers to go there dispite the recent attacks. It is a beautiful city full of historical sites, excellent food and very warm, welcoming people. Currently prices are low for accommodation and even on items for sale in the bazaars. You can spend a week just in Istanbul and still not have seen and done everything! Then there is all the rest still to explore. Please go there people!!

  2. Janki says:

    Hey Roger….

    I am planning for solo trip and was hell confused between Norway and Lisbon after reading this post i will pick lisbon…

    Thanks for the help 🙂

    1. Roger Wade says:


      I think you made a good choice. Lisbon will have great weather in May and there is a lot to see and do. Norway will still be chilly, and it’s very expensive. -Roger

  3. Narendra says:

    looking for Economical tour packages from India -Kolkata for 4 adult 1 child (4 yr 3 month old) and 1 infant (6 month old)

    provide me the best available tour package including cruise


    1. Roger Wade says:


      I’m not a travel agent so I can’t help you with this. I just try to give advice and answer questions when people ask for help. Best of luck with your trip. -Roger

    2. Roger Wade says:


      I’m not a travel agent so I can’t help you with this. I just try to give advice and answer questions when people ask for help. Best of luck with your trip. -Roger

  4. Kadir Khan says:

    I like this blog it is a fantastic idea to list the places as per the months. would be much more specific if instead of generalizing this it should be with the month with existing specific years

    1. Roger Wade says:


      Thanks. I’m not sure I understand your suggestion, but hopefully you’ll be happy to learn that these month lists are updated, revised, and added to each year. So the May 2016 above was updated to reflect May 2016. Not much changes in most of these places each year, but we do make revisions and edits when needed, and we added several for this year as well. -Roger

  5. Adveturous Aubrey says:

    Nice Post. I’m planning to travel this coming summer with my backpacker friends.And as a traveler I’d like to share this page to my friends in Philippines. Thank you for this information I’m sure this will help.

  6. Ruth Fox says:

    This is a great blog.

    I would say that “cheap” would depend on whether you mean cheap to get to or cheap once you are there.

    For Greece I recommend Lindos in Rhodes from mid may onwards ( for weather). Its 10deg hotter than the rest of Rhodes due to its unusual geography and mossie free due to its dry climate unlike the rest of Rhodes.
    The beaches will be less crowded and the attractions of Rhodes old town and the Acropolis on Lindos will be more comfortable to view.
    But its not cheap, its cheaper than it was 4 yrs ago, but still compared to maybe Haraki or Pefkos, resorts either side of Lindos its more £££. But then its simply beautiful and I think worth the price.

    The Canaries off the West coast of Africa (part of Spain) are a year round destination and offer good value- for Europe.

    Otherwise if its cheap Europe you’re looking for- try camping in South Of France ( on an organised site that provides tents), that should be a budget buster especially if youve got kids.


    1. Roger Wade says:


      Thanks for the comments and suggestions. And yes, in this case it’s about cheap places once you get there because people from around the world read these articles and the transportation is obviously different. I mention the Canary Islands on a few months rather than all year round, though I agree that I actually could have listed it every month. -Roger

  7. Janice Robinson says:


    Great post! It is amazing how inexpensive some places can be to visit. This really shows people that travel is affordable. I love the idea of the series highlighting the cheapest destinations for each month. I will be following this blog. I have bookmarked it.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks, Janice. I’m compiling these partly for my own purposes too, since many places in cheaper parts of the world have some months of terrible weather, and they aren’t always predictable. The June one will be out soon, and the others should be following to allow more time to plan.