When Memorial Day comes around each May, it kicks off the summer season and also seems to wake up everyone’s travel bug. The summer is the ideal time to travel for people all around the world, but demand can cause the summer to be expensive when it comes to airfare, hotels, and activities in popular locations. May is still considered to be off-peak for many destinations, so if you want to get a head start on travel before the spring comes to an end, these three places are fun to visit and affordable.
Depending on your departure city, you can get to Hong Kong for as little as $500 round-trip or less if you search for flights often this month and are flexible about when you can travel. Whether you want to get in touch with your spirituality at one of the many historic temples, go on a food tour or just wander in awe through Central Hong Kong, a getaway to Hong Kong will fulfill any travel urge you have this month, and it can be affordable with enough planning.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Need to relax after a busy school year? Ocho Rios has some of the best all-inclusive resorts around, and you’ll still get a great deal on packages before the hectic summer crowd heads to Jamaica. Airfare from many cities in the US can be found for less than $450 if you keep your eyes open for flight deals, and aside from a little rain, the weather will be beautiful while you take the perfect Instagram pictures at Dunn’s River Falls, visit Dolphin Cove, and tour the Green Grotto Caves.
Panama City, Panama
Panama is a lively country known for its food, beautiful beaches and culture, but it’s still pretty under the radar when it comes to travel. Visit in May to get a deal on flights before prices skyrocket in June, and be sure to get a tour of the Panama Canal, visit Monkey Island, and learn about the indigenous Emberá tribe during your time in the country.