May is a great month to travel! The weather is mostly perfect, no matter where you are on the globe, and with Easter break over, chances for overcrowded sightseeing are drastically reduced. Here are our recommendations for 5 great destinations to explore this month:
Puebla, Mexico – Cinco de Mayo Celebrations (May 5)
Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date marks the Mexican army’s victory over the French empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.
Though the victory only held for a short period of less than a year, it was considered a great moral victory, symbolizing unity and pride with an unexpected victory of a clear underdog. If you happen to visit mexico on that date you might want to visit Puebla, the place where it all began.
Nowadays, the win is celebrated with a battle reenactment on the original site, followed by a big parade of Mariachis, dancers and colourful costumes, as well as street food, lively music and fireworks. Puebla keeps the party going after 5 May with a programme of cultural events, from dance performances to concerts, plus a family-friendly carnival atmosphere at the Puebla State Fair.
Tel Aviv, Israel – Eurovision Song Contest (May 14-18)
Tel Aviv, “the city that never sleeps”, offers a lot all year round. This year, with the Eurovision contest taking place in the city, “not sleeping” is more appealing than ever. Whether you are a party animal, an iggure foodie, or sunbathing obsessed, this city is sure to deliver. Even for those not planning on attending official contest, TLV will be celebrating unofficially, with parties, karaoke nights and dressup celebrations.
Want more recommendations? Stay tuned for our next Tel Aviv article, in which the people of tel aviv will be telling us about their favourite places in the city.
If it’s your first visit to Tel Aviv, you can find our “Things you should know about Tel aviv” here.
Whale watching in Monterey, California
The Monterey coast is one of the best places in California, or perhaps in the world, to watch whales and other marine life. The bay has more than 30 species of marine mammals, 180 species of seabirds and shorebirds, and at least 525 species of fish living in it.
From May through mid-December, humpback whales and blue whales feed on anchovies and krill in the Monterey Bay, often spending several days in the same spot, and spending a lot of time near the surface, giving you a close look at them.
Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
Don’t miss the last chance to take a skiing holiday before we all start missing the cold weather again.
The ski resort of Whistler Blackcomb is located in the Squamish-Lillooet regional district of British Columbia, Canada. The ski resort consists of two mountains: Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, offering 200km of slopes and 50 km of ski routes for skiing and snowboarding. This is the largest ski resort in Canada and features slopes of all difficulty levels plus a nice ski village.The resort is open for skiing until late May.
Cusco, the city in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture.
It’s been the base camp for many of the most famous hiking trips in south America, maybe even in the world. The most famous being the Machu Picchu.
May is the perfect weather month to visit Cusco, just before the peruvian winter.
Explore the local markets, visit the inca historical museums, take a day off and enjoy the great coffee shops, take a day trip to Inca ruins and of course, visit the sacred valley and the breathtaking Machu Picchu.