May is typically a great month for those hoping to get away. For a start it boasts not one but two bank holidays, then of course for families there's May half term.

The pandemic has changed the world of travel with restrictions both in the UK and internationally, but for those who are hoping to plan a getaway, there are deals and bargain breaks to be found.

To give you a helping hand we've flagged where to find some deals and more tips for cheap breaks, whether you're planning a staycation or planning a trip abroad.

We've put together the guide below including the key dates in May 2021 you need to be aware of. Check out the guide below...

When are the May bank holidays and half term?

Family on a beach holiday

The bank holidays will be on Monday 3 May and Monday 31 May in 2021.

As for May half term dates, this can vary depending on your area/school, but it's likely to fall between May 31 - June 4.

We've also got a wider guide to the school holiday dates in 2021 to give you a helping hand.

Cheap UK holiday deals

Cornwall
Cornwall

If you're after a cheap hotel stay then it's worth keeping an eye on and Premier Inn as they both often have deals including school holiday dates, with rooms to be found from £29 a night.

, and can all be good sources for finding hotels that suit your budget. (When booking, check policies for flexible booking options in case your plans need to change last-minute).

Brighton Pier

Want to book direct? Brands including and offer price match guarantees if you book with them but find the same stay cheaper - and you can also sign up to their loyalty schemes for free to gain extra perks such as discounts.

We've also got a guide to some of the most affordable British destinations whether you're after a trip to the seaside or want to explore some quieter parts of the countryside, as well as a round up of some of the UK's best holiday parks sure to be a hit with the whole family.

(Always check the tier alert level for both your local area and chosen destination before planning, booking or going on a trip).

Looking for more inspiration? You may want to check out our UK holidays page which we regularly update with the latest deals, destination ideas and news that we think are worth being on your radar.

Cheap holidays abroad

Tourists on Cala Compte beach in Ibiza with colourful umbrellas and views of the ocean
Tourists on Cala Compte beach in Ibiza

If you're hoping to get abroad in 2021, then we've got a guide with some top booking tips including the key factors to consider when planning a trip.

currently has 40% off holidays for trips up to the end of June 2021 which includes half term stays, with prices from £250 for seven night breaks. (It's worth noting that this is to the likes of France, Italy and the Netherlands where travel restrictions currently apply).

Package holidays can offer an extra level of protection during the pandemic, so it's worth keeping an eye on brands such as TUI, First Choice, and . Thomas Cook has relaunched as an online travel agent and only sells holidays to destinations that are quarantine-free for Brits.

Comparison websites such as and Icelolly can also be good sources for comparing prices - especially if you can be flexible with your dates.

If you're only after flights, airlines such as British Airways, , and offer flexible booking policies such as free amends.