Vacation Places Guides May – June 2018
Gather Ye Rosebuds…
May and June are arguably the best months for taking a holiday in the Northern Hemisphere as spring turns to early summer, the weather tends towards warm and sunny, kids are at school so families are out of the destination squabble, crowds around sights are limited, accommodation is at low cost and high availability, and staff are cheerful and energetic – unlike their exhausted and irritable August selves.
Of course some tropical destinations – such as India and Burma – are starting to get blistering hot and sticky while Southern Hemisphere favourites such as Australia and New Zealand will be chilling into late autumn but generally speaking if you can take a vacation during these months, do it, and avoid midsummer like the plague.
Low cost vacation places in 2018
Currently the cheapest long-haul tourist destinations worldwide, based on typical holiday spending are:
1: Tokyo, Japan
2: Cape Town, South Africa
3: Mombasa, Kenya
4: Colombo, Sri Lanka
5: Hoi An, Vietnam
6: Bali, Indonesia
7: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
8: Orlando, Florida, USA
9: Penang, Malaysia
10: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (some hurricane damage but major tourist destinations, including Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, and Samana are operating normally)
US Vacation Places May – June 2018
Taking a walk in Bryce National Park, inside the rim. Bryce is part of the ‘Grand Circle‘ of awesome canyons clustered near Las Vegas that includes Grand Canyon, Arches, Monument Valley, Zion, Moab Recreation Area and much more. What a road trip that is!
Beaches in southern California such as Los Angeles’ Venice should be reaching perfect highs of around 77F (25C) and lows around 60F (15C) while on the other side of the country in Miami, Florida, temperatures could be heading towards toasty highs of 90F (32C), with lows of 74F (23C), the last months before the weather starts to get really muggy and oppressive. Still, two great months for southern USA beaches.
This is a great season to be travelling around the USA as school is not yet out so competition for rooms/views/restaurants/parking spaces is negligible but the weather – at least in central/southerly regions – should be brilliant. We are especially fond of the canyon country east of Las Vegas, aka The Grand Circle, a perfect destination for an American road trip in a rental camper (RV).
Canada May – June 2018
Jumping into Whistler’s Lost Lake in the summer, British Columbia.
Canada’s main vacation places
Canada hiking life and tourism begins properly in May and runs thru to September.
Best wildlife: Churchill (Manitoba), British Columbia, Alberta.
Best winter festival: Ottawa Winterlude, Ontario.
Best summer festival: Calgary Stampede, Alberta.
Best beaches: New Brunswick (Atlantic Provinces) and Vancouver (British Columbia).
Best cuisine: Quebec province.
Caribbean Vacation Places May – June 2018
For Americans who yearn for a Caribbean vacation on the cheap then May is recognised as being the most cost-effective month as the region is theoretically entering the rainy season (May-December) but generally the sunshine lasts well in May and the prices are way down.
Puerto Rico is the easy choice for Americans as US citizens don’t need passports or visas to travel there but there are questions about Hurricane damage, safety and mosquitoes. If those are a concern and expense is not an issue then USVI, such as St John (but check on status of recovery from hurricane damage!) are awaiting your custom, as are Mexican beaches.
If you’re determined to avoid any chance of precipitation (or hurricane damage!) and/or love scuba diving then take a look at ABCT, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Tobago, islands that are below the rain/storm belt and usually good in June too.See them on the map, they’re southerly, near the Venezuelan coast.
Bermuda’s not in the Caribbean, but the best time to visit the island – about 1,000 miles off the Florida coast in the Atlantic – is from June to October when the pink-sand beaches sprawl in temperatures of about 30C, with long daylight hours, low rainfall and warm seas around 25C.
If you’re looking for ‘exotic’ travel then Mexico is, like the Caribbean, heading towards the rainy season so May should be a good value month for seeing the some ancient Maya sights and have some beach time with a small risk of clouds/rain. June will be even cheaper but risks of unpleasant weather are growing…
Hurricane Irma did considerable damage in some locations, especially when compounded with the Hurricane Maria follow-up.
These destinations sustained severe damage: Barbuda (sister to Antigua); St Maarten/Saint Martin; BVI; USVI, especially hotels on St Thomas & St John; Anguilla; Turks and Caicos; Puerto Rico; south Bahamas; Anguilla; Guadeloupe; Dominica; Montserrat
Latin America Vacation Places, May – June 2018
Peru is an absolute must-see destination for any traveler interested in exotic surroundings with colorful people, amazing Inca structures, Andes Mountains, Amazon Rainforest, Nazca Lines and guinea pigs for dinner! Yum.
South in Latin American, May should be fine in Argentina, the Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Peru and of course Mexico – but not June! And don’t even think about the rest of the South American continent during May or June.