Looking to get out of town? You’re in luck: May brings with its some terrific shoulder-season fares, whether you’re looking to keep it in the country (just over $100 to New York) or really get out of town (how’s Iceland for under $300 sound?). All fares double-checked for May flights and still available, at least at press time.
Photo: Flickr/Tiffany Von Armin
You’re Going To: Seattle, Washington
Roundtrip: $149 on Delta
Briefly: Between recreational marijuana and the elephantine shadows of Mt. Rainier, Seattle’s natural bounty is everywhere. However, leave the umbrella at home and buy yourself a proper rain jacket, as the locals do.
Stay At: The Thompson Seattle, which is walking distance from the Seattle Art Museum and Pike Place Market. Pro tip: get a room with views of Puget Sound.
You’re Going To: New York City, New York
Roundtrip: $116 on Spirit
Briefly: Ah, New York. Still a thing. And it will always be a thing if airfares stay this low for the less-than-two-hour flight out east.
Stay At: The new Public Hotel in Manhattan’s Lower East Side — maybe steer clear of the Jean-Georges-helmed Public Kitchen.
You’re Going To: Montreal, Canada
Roundtrip: $245 on Porter Airlines
Briefly: Like a European vacation without crossing the Atlantic. Plus: eating. Oh, how there will be eating.
Stay At: The spiffy new Hotel Monville, where robots are at your beck and call
You’re Going To: New Orleans, Louisiana
Roundtrip: $138 on United
Briefly: New Orleans turns 300 this year, making it the perfect time to go and discover (or remind yourself) why The Big Easy is a world-class city.
Stay At: Catahoula Hotel, located in a masterfully rehabbed 1845 Creole townhouse and a stone’s throw away from Jackson Square, in the heart of the French Quarter.
Photo: Eli Noto
You’re Going To: Reykavik, Iceland
Roundtrip: $260 on Wow Air
Briefly: Everyone you know has been there, but it’s still great — especially if you do it better by renting a 4x4 with a tow-along teardrop trailer.
You’re Going To: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Roundtrip: $230 on Delta
Briefly: The truth is the Caribbean is still suffering from Hurricane Irma and Maria, but tourism is one of the speediest, most steadfast paths to recovery.
Palacio de Bellas Artes
You’re Going To: Mexico City, Mexico
Roundtrip: $270 on InterJet
Briefly: Edgy, creative and tacos al pastor. Is that Mexico City in a nutshell? Definitely not. But that’s enough reasons for you to go, stat.