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13 Destinations Perfect for May Travel

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If the travel bug has hit and you are looking for a May getaway, look no further. From off-peak prices to changing seasons, these 13 destinations are ready to be explored. Perhaps the coolness of California is calling your name or maybe a trip to tropical Colombia has your heart fluttering. Either way, get the best weather, minimal crowds and plenty of adventure. Time to get planning. 

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Bangkok & Phuket

Thailand
If you are looking for lower prices and thinner crowds, head on over to Thailand in May to experience the tropical climate. Take a visit to Bangkok’s ancient temples and modern shopping or head on over to the beaches of Phuket. While swimming might not be its best due to monsoon season, the views are just as breathtaking.
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Cartagena

Colombia
While May proves to be a wetter time for Colombia, this year-round destination boasts a tropical climate with less seasonal variation. Travel during the off-season and reap the benefits of lower prices while still experiencing the beautiful weather.
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San Francisco Bay & Los Angeles

California
While California is known for year-round sunshine, May in Southern California is less crowded with lower rates. Don’t forget to check out the Jazz Reggae Festival in Los Angeles. If Northern California is more your thing, beat the crowds with a smaller chance of rain. Experience Bay to Breakers, a race throughout the city starting from the San Francisco Bay and ending at the Pacific Ocean.
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Cape Town & Kruger National Park

South Africa
Enjoy the shoulder season of South Africa with beautiful weather, smaller crowds and lower prices - a win all around. Cape Town’s wineries start their annual wine harvest in May and safaris are in full force so you can experience the wildlife of the region with clear skies. 
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Rio de Janeiro

Brazil
Visit Brazil during their autumn season without compromising on tropical weather. Bonus: more affordable rates in May let you take advantage of this Amazon region for longer. Hop on one of the cable cars at Sugarloaf Mountain and experience the breathtaking sunset of Rio de Janeiro. 
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Byron Bay

NSW, Australia
May in Australia is fall, meaning minimal tourists, off-peak prices and comfortable temperatures. Head on over to Byron Bay to go surfing, take a dolphin sea kayak tour or snorkel with the sea turtles. If lounging is more your thing, take advantage of the Byron Bay beaches.
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Barcelona

Spain
The best time to visit Barcelona is May – temperatures are in the low to mid-70s making the city picture perfect. Beat the summer rush and enjoy the architecture of Gaudi and Park Güell sans the crowds. Don’t forget to enjoy a sangria or two. 
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Puglia: Stay at Masseria Moroseta

Italy
Puglia, Italy is known as the rustic Italian countryside and one of the least explored regions of Italy. The coastline borders the breathtaking Adriatic and Ionian seas. For off-season perks and slightly lower temperatures (Puglia is known for 300 sunny days per year), visit in May to go horseback riding or biking along the coast. Stay at: Masseria Moroseta.
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Mykonos: Stay at Bill & Coo Coast Suites learn more

If you are looking for sunshine and thinner crowds, travel to Greece in May to experience spring, island style. Stay at Bill & Coo Coast Suites in Mykonos for infinity pools overlooking the Aegean Sea. Within walking distance to the center of Mykonos, this all white and neutral haven lets you experience Greece in style. Indulge in their Mediterranean cuisine prepared by award winning chef Athinagoras Kostakos at this beachfront property.
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Mendoza Valley: Stay at Casa de Uco

Argentina
Celebrate fall in Argentina. With less humidity and fall foliage to inspire, traveling to Argentina in May also means lower prices all around. Check into Casa de Uco, a vineyard front property that boasts views of the Andes Mountains. With secluded villas for your privacy, this exclusive wine resort keeps your glass half full, all the time. 
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Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming
Experience Yellowstone National Park come out of its winter hibernation in May. Known as one of the best times to visit for nice weather and minimal crowds, Yellowstone National Park blooms before your eyes in spring. 
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Nantucket

Massachusettes
Nantucket is known as a vacation destination and May brings the start to warmer temperatures without the crowds. Mild temperatures on this beautiful island just South of Cape Cod make beach life the best life. Don’t forget to head on over to the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival, a five day festival with tasting events, wine panels, culinary tents and parties.
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Louisville

Kentucky
Louisville's rich history includes the home of Muhammad Ali, the Kentucky Derby and America’s largest Victorian neighborhood. With temperatures in the mid to high 70s in May, enjoy Louisville’s culinary scene during t-shirt season. Stay at: Omni Louisville
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