Cheap May Vacations

cheap may vacationsIf you want to get away and take a refreshing and affordable vacation this May, look no further—this is your guide to cheap May vacations. Spring is a great time of year to venture out—the kids might be out of school for the summer, or perhaps you want to visit a popular vacation destination before the summer crowds hit.

The most important thing you can do to secure cheap May vacations is to plan in advance for the best rates on airfare and lodging. First, think about what you want to do on vacation. There are so many different ways to enjoy leisure time. Here is a list of popular vacations:

  • Sun, water and beach activities
  • Amusement park fun
  • Adventurous outdoor excitement that includes hiking, river rafting, mountain climbing, or backpacking
  • An educational historical experience
  • Experiencing a whole new culture
  • Golfing
  • Gambling, shows, and nightlife

Cheap May vacations are a great opportunity to bring together family or friends into one place and explore somewhere that you've always wanted to visit (Italy, the Grand Canyon, or Disney World, for example).

The next thing you'll want to do is figure out a realistic budget that includes lodging, transportation (to your destination and while you are there), food, and even souvenirs for everyone in your group. Decide whether to prioritize cost over location or activities. Again, be realistic about what you can spend—then leave a cushion of at least 10 percent for unforeseen expenses.

Now, based on your ideal type of vacation and activity preferences, along with your budget, it will be easier to narrow down a destination. Here are some ideas.

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Domestic Travel

If you love the outdoors, Lake Tahoe offers beautiful scenery (breathtaking mountains and a clear, glassy lake) with miles of hiking, kayaking, and water sports. Meanwhile, Denver has a nice mix of outdoor adventure and urban class, with hiking, cycling, running trails as well as restaurants, breweries, and culture. For a vacation on US history, head to Washington DC. Spring is a great time to visit because there are fewer tourists, and you can explore all the many historic sites and museums, including the Smithsonian, which is actually 19 museums including Air and Space Museum, Freer Gallery, and the National Zoo.

If you are into surfing and beaches, try North County—Encinitas, Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and Solana Beach are all fun, quaint surf towns that are not too pricey. This area is loaded with great beaches, including Coronado Beach (voted in the top 10), Swami's, and Mission Bay. There are plenty of delicious restaurants and hiking trails. This is also one of the yoga meccas of the US, hosting almost as many yoga studios as Starbucks locations! Check out Yogananda's Self Realization Fellowship (SRF), including the meditation gardens, while you are visiting.

International Travel

  • Due to the Euro's strength against the US dollar, a European vacation will be one of the pricier ways to go. For a cheap international vacation, consider one of the following instead:
  • Argentina: the sophisticated city of Buenos Aires offers culture, great restaurants, and nightlife - a good opportunity to learn the tango!
  • Mexico: from Cancun to Mexico City, the American dollar goes far. Cancun is a popular beach getaway; meanwhile, Mexico City offers culture, museums (the Museum of Modern Art features works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera), a historical architectural revival, and an active arts and music scene.
  • Bali: featured in Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling book, "Eat, Pray, Love," the Indonesian island of Bali is truly a tropical paradise and is exotic yet affordable. Along with some of the world's most lovely beaches, Bali has a rich history and culture, which incorporates festivals, traditional dance, music, ceremonies, temples and palaces.

Even if you weren't inspired by our tips for cheap May vacations, remember that Vacation has plenty more destinations and deals!