When May and June arrive some people feel it’s time to do some traveling before the peak summer season arrives and the crowds get thicker.
Prices are typically still low in these months and there are hundreds of great places to visit. These are 6 of the most fun trips at this time of the year.
1. Istanbul, Turkey
There’s plenty to see and do in Turkey’s largest city no matter how old or adventurous you are. It’s an ideal location for activities, relaxation, and exploring the ancient history, making it quite an educational place. In fact, it’s regarded as one of the world’s best cities for children to visit.
If you visit the Miniaturk attraction, you’ll be able to see more than 100 small models of famous buildings and sites, including the Sultanahmet Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Dolmabahçe Palace. If you head to the beautiful Mediterranean coast, you can check out Santa Claus’s original home in Demre. In addition, the Istanbul Toy Museum features thousands of antique toys.
2. Speyside, Scotland
The lovely community of Speyside is a fantastic area to visit, especially for whiskey lovers. There are several famous functioning distilleries here including the Glenliviet and Glenfiddich operations. It’s basically a whiskey festival and you’ll be able to visit many of the old distilleries and take tours of them. Of course, you’ll also be able to sample them as well as some of the great local food dishes.
3. Cocullo, Italy
This charming town is famous for its Festa Dei Serpari snake festival which takes place each May. The festival is in honor of St. Dominick, the town’s patron saint. St. Dominick was famous for healing people, especially from sicknesses and snakebites. The celebration features a colorful procession of snake catchers who travel through the streets while they’re draped in snakes. When the festival ends, the snakes are all released in the surrounding countryside.
4. Barcelona, Spain
This fantastic city is great to visit no matter the time of the year. However, it’s especially pleasing in the warm June sun. You can visit the Montserrat mountain ranges, the lovely sandy beaches, and everything in between them. Barcelona was originally a Roman city and it’s now known as one of the world’s leading centers for culture, art, shopping, entertainment, scenery, and cosmopolitan dining.
It’s overflowing with history and the architecture’s simply fabulous. If you have children with you, head over to Park Guell, which features a mosaic-tiled beach area and gingerbread houses.
5. Machu Picchu, Peru
The best months to visit this famous Incan city are May and June. It’s milder then and quite a bit drier. It’s not too crowded, as it is not the peak season. The temperature varies depending on your altitude and the days could be hot while the night may be cool. There’s a 2-day and a 4-day Inca Trail hike that you can take from Cuzco as well as a 5-mile hike that starts in Aguas Calientes.
6. Nova Scotia, Canada
This wonderful eastern province is home to some of the world’s best lobster fishing areas. The lobster season kicks off on the north shore of Cape Breton in May. You’ll be able to witness the blessing of thelocal fishing boats and enjoy lobster dinners all across the province. Make sure you visit the province’s largest city, Halifax, which is one of the best on the globe.