7 cheapest holiday destinations in May

Friday, May 4, 2018

Everyone wants to see more of the world, but price can often be an issue when travelling abroad. Fortunately, we have done the research for you and identified the cheapest places you can travel to in May! One important thing to note is that flight price is largely dependent on distance. Therefore we have tried to include some destinations slightly further from the UK, rather than simply choosing the cheapest flight available.

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Number 7 - Iceland

While not the cheapest country to buy commodities (beers can cost up to £8!), flights to Iceland from the UK are surprisingly cheap next month. This destination makes our list because it is honestly one of the most geographically stunning countries in the world and is a must see. Travelling on a budget in Iceland is definitely possible, but if you are looking to make your money go further, the rest of our list might suit you better.

Flight Price for a round-trip in May: starting from 48 euros (Luton-Keflavik)

Flight time: 3 hours

Main Language: Icelandic, however a majority of the locals speak fluent English, so getting around as a foreign tourist is extremely easy.

Top sights: Blue Lagoon Spa, Whale watching, Glacier Hiking and Ice Caving

Fun fact about Iceland: Iceland is host to the world’s largest phallological museum (museum of different penises), including specimens from blue whales and other large animals.

Number 6 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is often the number 1 choice for groups of young people looking to go wild, however the city has a lot of culture and great museums as well. It is also very conveniently situated just across the chanel, so flights can be extremely cheap. However, the prices are similar to thaose in the UK, which is why this destination doesn’t place higher in our list.

Flight price for a round trip in May: starting from 24 euros (Luton - Amsterdam)

Flight duration: Less than one hour

Main Language: Dutch, however almost everyone in the Netherlands speaks english. Travelling around this city is very easy thanks to their well designed public transport.

Top sights: Red light District, Anne Frank House, Keukenhof

Fun Fact about Amsterdam: Cycling is so popular in the Netherlands that there are more bikes than people in Amsterdam!

Number 5 - Berlin, Germany

Berlin is a city of arts, culture, science and entertainment. If you are looking for an exciting vacation this May, Berlin will not let you down. The city is full of affordable attractions and open spaces, both during the day and at night!

Flight price for a round trip in May: starting from 35 euros (Stansted to Berlin)

Flight duration: 2 hours

Main Language: German, however (and you might be noticing a theme here) english is widely spoken across Germany, particularly in Berlin. So travelling around and exploring this city is no struggle for foreign tourists.

Top Sights: Jewish Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin zoo

Fun Fact: Museums can be rented out for drinking nights from 8000-12000 euros. While it won't do your travel budget any favours, this is still interesting to know!

Number 4 - Algarve, Portugal

If a cheap, relaxing, beachy holiday is your kinda thing then Portugal may be the destination for you! Algarve has multiple destinations that are characterized by beautiful coastline, suited to both tourists looking to take it easy or party. With cheap flights and cost of living, budget travellers can definitely find what they are looking for here.

Flight price for a round-trip: starting from 72 euros (Stansted to Faro)

Flight duration: 3 hours

Main Language: Portuguese, however Algarve is used to tourists and English is often widely spoken.

Top Sights: Benagil Caves, Ponta de Piedade, Slide and Splash waterpark

Fun Fact: The Algarve has over 3000 hours of sunshine a year, so bring your sun cream!

Number 3 - Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofias landmarks reflect more than 2000 years of history, as the city has been under Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Soviet occupation. Bulgaria is also an area with a comparatively cheap cost of living to the UK as beers cost the equivalent of 70p! If you are looking to explore a city that has a different culture to countries in Western Europe, Bulgaria may be the place for you!

Flight price for a round trip: starting from 70 euros (Luton - Sofia)

Flight duration: 3.5 hours

Main Language: Bulgarian, this is a language using the cyrillic alphabet. This can make travelling around slightly more difficult, although english is becoming more widespread across the region.

Top Sights: Boyana Church, Vitosha Mountain (Skiing), Ivan Vazov National Theatre

Fun Fact: Bulgaria were allies with Nazi Germany during world war 2 but saved 48’000 Jewish citizens.

Number 2 - Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a cultural, economic and historical city within europe, that caters for tourists of all kinds: partiers, travellers, families and the elderly. With numerous museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres and exhibits, there is plenty to do in this lively city. Efficient public transport also makes it easier to get around the city. All this coupled with much lower prices of basic commodities makes Prague an ideal city for a cheap vacation in May!

Flight price for a round trip: starting from 62 euros (Stansted to Prague)

Flight duration: 2 hours

Main Language: Czech, but like most capital cities in Europe, you will not have any issue communicating in English.

Top Sights: Old town square, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge

Fun fact: The locals in the Czech Republic drink more beer per capita than any other country in the world.

Number 1 - Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is one of the largest capital cities in Europe, with great commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. It is also cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and ranked as "the world's second best city" by Condé Nast Traveler (travel magazine). On top of all of this, Budapest is very cheap as long as you steer clear of the most touristy places along the river. Definitely worth a visit this May!

Flight price round trip: starting from 44 euros (Stansted - Budapest)

Flight duration: 2.5 hours

Main Language: Hungarian, but English is also widely spoken, especially in cafes and bars.

Top Sights: Danube River, St Stephen’s Basilica, Széchenyi Spa

Fun Fact: Rubik, the inventor of the famous Rubik’s cube, was born in Budapest

Making the most of a bad situation

After reading this article you may find time off work, organise a trip with your friends and then book the cheap flights advertised above. However, that does not give you the guarantee of enjoying a perfectly smooth holiday, as around 20% of all flights are delayed! A delayed flight can be a minor inconvenience or even ruin the whole holiday. However, at Flight-delayed our goal is to make sure that our customers come out with nothing but positive memories of their time abroad.

One way to do this is by helping you claim compensation if your flight is delayed! Under EU regulations all passengers are entitled to compensation (up to 600 Euros) when their flight is delayed for over 3 hours. If you have been delayed and you would like to see if you are entitled to compensation, submit your details with our free flight checker. This is completely free and non-committal, so there is no harm in checking! We hate to end a happy post on a downer, so here’s a happy fact to take with you on your travels: Otters hold hands while they sleep so they don’t drift away from one another!