Where to Go in May 2023

If you are looking to go on holiday, here are our suggestion for where to go in May from the shores of Africa to somewhere closer to home.

Africa, Americas, Culture & History, Europe

Images from packed airports demonstrate the desire to wander has lost none of its lustre during the last couple of years. If you are looking to go on holiday next month, here are Travel Begins at 40’s suggestions for where to go in May from the shores of Africa to somewhere closer to home.

Where to Go in May for Music Festival

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn Music Week 2022
Gram-Of-Fun at the Tallinn Music Week

Looking for a music festival then put a pin in the map and plump for Estonia. The Tallinn Music Week is one of the most eclectic contemporary music festivals in Europe. The festival consists of a music festival, and a Creative Impact Conference, and will attract thousands of people. If this is not enough then you can explore the beautiful medieval city which dates back to 1248.

Where to Go in May – Further Afield


Niagara Falls Tourism
c. Niagara Falls Tourism

Spring is the best time to see this vast and beautiful country as the snow has melted and nights grow shorter. Watch Canada emerge from its long winter slumber. Get here before the tourists and mossies come out. Explore the wilderness, visit multicultural Vancouver, or just take a trip to Niagara Falls. There is so much to experience in the second largest country in the world.


Alternatively, if you really want to venture further afield, consider Madagascar. In May the rainy season should be complete, so this offers you the perfect time to see the unique wildlife on offer in this amazing country. Described as a biodiversity hotspot and the eighth continent, 90% of the island’s flora and fauna is endemic, with 80% of its plant life found nowhere else in the world. Quite literally there is no place on earth like Madagascar.

Where to Go in May in the UK

Chelsea, London

Chelsea Flower Show Where to Go in May
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The end of the month sees the return of The Chelsea Flower Show in London. The world’s most famous horticultural show dates back to 1862 although it has been held in its current location since 1913. While in the capital you can always combine your visit to a trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to see its wonderful Bamboo House.

Alresford, Hampshire

Alternatively you could head to a tiny village in Hampshire for the Alresford Watercress Festival. One of our most favourite quirky festivals in the UK, here you can see the wide range of products people can create from watercress as well as the World Watercress Eating Competition.

Travel Advice

Rules and regulations upon where you can travel, and how, are constantly changing, we recommend you consult https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ to check each country’s current entry requirements and covid restrictions before you book anything.

Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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