Two Public Holidays in May! 5 Places You Can Visit for an Amazing 2-Week Holiday with Just 8 Days of Leave

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Plan a long vacation – and by long, we mean an extended two week break! Here’s how. With May Day on the 1st and Vesak on the 10th of May, all you have to do is take 8 days off, add your weekends to the mix, and you’re set to visit foreign shores!

Here are some suggestions for travel destinations in May.

1. The Cairo experience for culture vultures

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Make your May vacation all about exploring civilizations. Spoil the culture vulture in you and head to Egypt, focussing on Cairo. May is a great time to visit since the high season for hotels wanes off in April, and the shoulder season before the scorching summer takes over offers plenty of great deals.

The temperature does play mild spoilsport, but it’s dry at the same time and evenings tend to get pleasantly cool. You will not have the place to yourself though; tourist crowds at the main archaeological sites are steady, but on the lower side.
The usually cheap prices in the city will be even cheaper, now that off season is on its way. So get your explorer hats on, head to one of the oldest places in the world, and admire its iconic structures at leisure.

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2. Head to Pokhara for an active holiday

It is holiday time and the mountains are calling! In Pokhara, Nepal, they take their peaks seriously. A holiday to this part of the world is all about trekking. Though May is one of the four months of the year that is traditional trekking season for the country, end May is also when it rains here.

Since you will be heading to Pokhara in the beginning of the month, you are going to be welcomed with great weather, good visibility, and bargain rates for accommodation.

Pokhara can get a little busy at this time with all the serious trekkers, so it is advisable to book in advance just to get your hands on good deals. Alternatively, you could just show up and try your luck. Food and drinks are cheap through the year, so you can look at one long, comfortable and action packed trekking holiday without burning a hole in your pocket!

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3. Beach bum alert for Cancun, Mexico

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Beach bums, pack your slippers, swimwear, switch to chilled-out mode, and head to Cancun for your super long May break. Experience perfect weather with a spot of rain and refreshing ocean breezes fanning you into a lazy lull on not-so-crowded beaches.

During the hot bits, you could duck into that luxurious hotel you got such a stunning low-season deal for, or those air-conditioned restaurants where there will be absolutely no waiting. With rates spiralling downward steadily post Easter, this should turn out to be quite a value for money vacation – relaxing for both you and your budget!

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4. Lots of family fun in Punta Cana

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Book a family holiday at an all-inclusive hotel in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Known for its fabulous resorts and beautiful weather through the year, Punta Cana is best visited after peak season.

May is one of the most affordable months to head to beach-lined Punta Cana. All the big hotel chains will be going a-begging at rock bottom prices so you can comfortably stay at some of the best places for a large chunk of your vacation.

Keep the family occupied with fun water sports like kayaking, sailing, and windsurfing and make the most of your time on land zip-lining, beach hopping, or luxuriating in the fantastic property you booked for next to nothing.

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Also read: 6 Theme Parks in Asia That You Must Visit with Your Kids

5. Get a slice of Europe in Lisbon

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Fulfil your European dreams with a trip to Lisbon and around. May is right before the beginning of summer – which is peak season for European travel – so you will end up with some great deals and a fraction of the tourist crowd to jostle with.

That is not all; the weather would have started warming up, so a few days on the beaches just outside of Lisbon are also possible. Spend your days exploring this charming old city with its monastery, castle, colourful buildings, and museums.
And since you have the time and it’s raining deals, you could even head off to the beautiful Algarve area to the south – all gorgeous cliffs and golden beaches.

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