With the sunlight starting to linger into the evening hours and high temperatures beginning to resurface, you may find yourself craving some travel.
If so, you are not alone because travel and attraction websites see the most webpage traffic in May.
Below we talk about some travel ideas and tips for planning in May.
Let’s jump right in!
Where to Go
Deciding where to go on a trip can make you feel like a kid in a candy store.
You have an entire world at your disposal, but you can only choose one location (for this trip anyway).
Luckily, we have offered a few perfect suggestions for May travel to make things easier.
South Padre Island, Texas
Just at the tip of Texas in Cameron County, you will find the small resort town of South Padre Island. This cozy vacation spot offers pristine beaches, attractions like dolphin watching or jet skiing, and an average daily temp of 80°F in May.
Key West, Florida
Key West is a popular island located at the westernmost end of Florida. Travelers adore this town because of its peaceful daytime atmosphere, lively nightlife, soft sand, and countless activities.
Key West tourists spend their time kayaking, exploring the coral reef system, sailing at sunset, enjoying live music, and snorkeling.
Cashiers, North Carolina
Cashiers is the place to visit if you want to experience the genuine feeling of a small town while enjoying the beauty of undisturbed nature. Cashiers is a 1.1 square mile village home to 157 residents and some of the oldest mountains in the world.
Besides hiking the mountains and getting to know the locals, tourists enjoy exploring Whitewater Falls and Panthertown Valley.
There is something about Germfask that makes your vacation feel closer to fiction than reality. There are no fairies or mermaids in this town, but the rich history, refreshingly crisp air, soothing sunlight, and serene atmosphere bring feelings of pure bliss.
After spending just one day in Germfast, the town’s 500 residents will have already made you feel welcome and shown you their “Yooper ways.”
Whether you choose to visit the Seney National wildlife refuge, go fishing at Manistique lake, or relax in your cabin, you will not be disappointed with your decision to see the “Up North.”
Portland, a.k.a “Stumptown,” is the ideal travel destination for a person that needs to unwind and have a free-spirited adventure.
You may have heard the phrase “keep Portland weird” or rumors that Oregonians are “eccentric.”
People say these things because it’s true. For example, in Portland, you may stumble across the “annual naked bike ride,” see people walking their pet pigs, or notice the Vacuum Museum.
Suppose you are not a fan of quirky theatricals. In that case, Portland does offer a more mellow environment as well, like the International Rose Test Garden, Japanese Garden, and The Grotto National Sanctuary.
How to Plan
Choosing a destination is the easy part of traveling; planning the details is where it starts to get complicated.
When you plan a trip, you will want to decide what type of lodging you want, how you plan to get there, and what you want to do when you arrive.
Generally, your lodging options include:
- Short or long term rentals
Some travel options are:
- Personal vehicle
- Cruise ship or ferry
Some activities to consider are:
- Amusement Parks
- National Parks or Forests
- Local attractions
May is the month that tends to kick-start many events, so head over to the town’s local event pages or visit Eventbrite to find some fun attractions.
After you have some basic ideas about where you want to visit and what you want to do there, you can start expense planning.
When considering expenses, determine how much you think you will be able to spend on your trip. Then, look for discounts, compare prices, and create a list of plausible options.
Some expenses to consider are:
- Gift Shops
- Attraction tickets
For those planning a business trip, you should also consider the expenses of employee salaries, company mileage, supplies, and corporate event tickets.
When calculating costs and building a budget, remember to compare prices, look for discounts, join reward programs and check out company reviews.
The month of May sprouts more than just spring flowers; it sprouts enthusiasm, excitement, and wanderlust. Satisfy your urge to explore in the sunshine by visiting the beaches of South Padre Island, going hiking in Cashiers, North Carolina, or relaxing inside a cabin deep in the woods of Germfask, Michigan.
No matter where you choose to go, planning can go a lot smoother when considering your options, comparing prices, and creating a budget.