5 Cheapest Travel Destinations
There are a lot to consider when budgeting for a holiday, and while cheap flights and accommodations are important, so are all those hidden in-resort costs – no one wants to have to sell an organ just to finance sundowners in that swanky rooftop bar. So, while getting to these budget destinations might cost a few bob, once you’re there, these 5 Cheapest Travel Destinations will sort it out for you.
For those who love to try new food but are on a budget, George Town, Malaysia, is the place to go. The cuisine is a blend of Malay, Chinese, and Indian specialities, and local hawker centers and street food stalls offer dozens of delicious options for just $2-$3. Wash it all down with fresh fruit juice for $1, and you can easily eat well for under $10 a day. Accommodation is cheap, with an abundance of budget-friendly hostels and Airbnbs. Additionally, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so when not eating, you can spend hours walking around the city, visiting temples and taking in the beautiful colonial architecture and colorful street art.
While the Philippines is nowhere near as cheap as its neighbors Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, the less developed and more unique experience more than makes up for it, and it is still just a fraction of the price of traveling in North America or Europe. Most people, however, get straight out of congested polluted, and noisy Manila as soon as possible. The problem is they’re wrong! Manila, in particular Metro Manila and surrounding areas, has a huge amount to offer, both in and out of the city.
For those traveling on the dollar, the Euro is in our favor right now. In Barcelona, Spain, you can live the good life with $2 beers, $10 bottles of cava, and completely-filling $11-$13 set lunch menus. In between bar-hopping, you can spend your day relaxing on the beach in the clear warm Mediterranean waters or admire Gaudi’s architecture with a walk around the city or up to Park Guell — even if you don’t pay to enter the central part of the park, you can still get a beautiful view over Barcelona completely for free.
A new discovery for us is the little-explored Thrace region of Turkey, which starts from Istanbul and stretches north-west between the Black and Aegean Seas, absorbing more of the cultures of Bulgaria and Greece, creating a whole other side of Turkey, in complete contrast to the traditional Turkey of the East. Wine-making has been a tradition in this part of Turkey for over a thousand years and mythology has it that the first vines were the product of a love tryst between Zeus, his jealous wife, and the goddess Semele.
This is one of our favorite European countries and best of all, it won’t break the bank. Take a scenic summer break on the Adriatic coast in Split and Dubrovnik. Or, catch a ferry to the rustic island of Brac, home to Zlatni Rat, consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in Europe. And, the kids will love the shopping center in Split with a slide taking them from one floor to the other or the free indoor playground with attentive staff.
Pro Tip: If you’re planning to visit these 5 Cheapest Travel Destinations, make sure to do your research first; also try looking to book your flights using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com, JustFly.com or Expedia.com.