There are too many choices in mild May
Snows have melted in Canada and North America, Europe (especially the east) hosts a multitude of cultural festivals and tempting temperatures, and some mountain destinations (Morocco's Atlas, Spain's Alpujarras) start to open. Much of southern Africa is still in (Kenya, Tanzania) or just emerging from (Botswana, Zambia) the wet season - damp, yes, but lush, green and potentially cheaper to visit.
Luxurious lodges, magnificent wildlife, beautiful sunsets - and just the two of you: nowhere screams honeymoon quite like this most pristine chunk of southern Africa. Come May, temperatures cool a little (averaging a pleasant 25°C), and the heaviest rains have just swept through, leaving the skies dry, the vegetation vivid-emerald and the Okavango River in full flood, feeding the parched plains and attracting all manner of wildlife to the water's edge.
New adventures are possible too. Sometimes small channels suddenly open up, and new sections of the Delta become accessible by boat; the Selinda Spillway, for example, had been closed for 30 years but has recently filled and become a prime route for canoe safaris. Other options include horse-rides through the papyrus grass, galloping alongside the wildlife, and guidedmokoro(dug-out canoe) trips.
Moremi Game Reserve protects part of the floodplains, and thrives with the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino); private concessions near the reserve also offer great safaris (and plush camps), and allow walking trips and night drives, which are not permitted in the reserve.
Spring is sublime in southern Spain: hot but not oppressive (making this a good time to sight-see in cities such as Seville and Granada), relatively crowd-free and full of festivals - try Córdoba's Cruces de Mayo (May Crosses) floral fiesta.
Medieval Prague is the place to celebrate in May. The mild weather draws people out for Labour Day picnics, Liberation Day parades, the Spring Music Festival the Czech Beer Festival. Lovers should head to Petrin Hill: a May ritual sees couples placing flowers by a statue of a renowned 19th-century poet.
Sea breezes, warm days and green landscapes: spring is the best season to visit Morocco. In May, the centre and south are gloriously sunny, the Atlantic coast is heating up and the mountains are crisp, fresh and prime for hikes. Combine Marrakesh with trips to Berber villages in the nearby Atlas mountains.
Finally the harsh Canadian winter has melted away and most of the snow that had buried the Rocky Mountains since November has gone with it. Go now for active adventures: rivers are bursting with snow-melt, ideal for rafting thrills, while hiking trails open up again.
Spring (Apr-May) is short but very sweet in the Chinese capital. Smog-free warm days make exploring palaces and parks a pleasure, and offer fine views of the Great Wall, just north. Avoid early May, when locals go on hols en masse.
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