Updated: Apr 12, 2018
Planning a Memorial Day trip? A May birthday trip? A graduation trip? The perfect travel itinerary includes not only where you should go but when you should go there. Peak seasons are great for once-in-a-lifetime events, but "dream season" is on the fringes when the weather is still perfect but the crowds (and costs $$$) aren't annoying.
These three cities are in perfect "dream season" in May:
1. Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech embraces its ancient heritage while offering modern edge, as well. This is a trip for those obsessed with culture, art, and exotic foods. Narrow passageways and bazaars are bright and vibrant with activity, while new museums and gardens house the latest works of indie Moroccan artists. Our one recommendation is to stay in a unique riad where you can feel like new-age royalty.
See how you can turn Marrakech into a dream trip through Morocco in May.
2. Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles has roots in Hollywood, but this city is so much more than that. It is more than 22x the size of Manhattan with distinct zones of activity for everyone. There's the beach of Santa Monica and Venice, the bustle of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and the boom of DTLA (downtown Los Angeles). Our one recommendation is to practice living healthy with a vegan dinner or a hike in one of LA's canyons.
3. Lisbon, Portugal
The colorful buildings, terracotta roofs, and old-timey trams will attract you to Lisbon, but the experimental food and creativity of the street art will beg you to stay. There's a definite revitalization happening in Lisbon where a new generation is taking a Old World gem and turning it into a global hotspot. Get there now before too many people find out. Our one recommendation is to venture out to Belem for some incredible pastries.
Honorable mentions for other locations that are in perfect "dream season" in May:
Tel Aviv, Israel