May 30, 2017
15 Cheap and Beautiful Places to Travel
Summer is the perfect time to travel – the kids are out of school, the weather is warmer and everyone is soaking in the rays. Whether you need a quick escape on your own or you’d like to show the little ones a new area, there are numerous places to travel around the globe. Let’s explore some of the best places to travel for those of you on a budget.
- Thailand: Thailand is the ideal location for backpackers on a budget. With some of the most mouth-watering cuisine, crystal clear beaches and plenty of excursions available, this is truly paradise. For the foodies out there, stop by Nakhon Si Thammarat and indulge in some delicious Thai food. One of the best things about Thailand is that everything is cheap! You can find Ari’s trip reports for Bangkok and Phuket through these links.
- South Africa: Love the outdoors? South Africa has become increasingly popular for travelers who are looking to save some money and enjoy nature. Here you can experience safaris, white rhinos in Hluhluew-Imfolozi, or you can venture off to one of the biggest travel destinations in South Africa – Cape Town. This magnificent peninsula boasts an amazing night life, beaches perfect for surfing and romantic getaways. Checkout Ari’s Cape Town trip report for full details on hiking Table Mountain, cage diving with Great White sharks, and seeing wild African penguins!
- Greece: While Greece may be having some economic challenges, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t add this to your list of places to travel. Greece is actually becoming one of the best places to travel to, not only for its scenic views but also for its significantly low prices. You’ll have some extra money leftover to view more of Greece’s many different islands.
- Portugal: If you’re looking to remove yourself from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, head to Portugal for a dazzling Western European vacation. Alentejo has some of the best seafood in Portugal from savory scallops to fresh fish, this certainly beats a “Boston lobstah’ roll.”
- Mexico: Mexico is a nice retreat for those who’ve never been outside of the country. For first time travelers, this can be your first taste of life outside the U.S. Not only is Mexico seen as a party hot-spot, but you can certainly find quiet beaches to rest on or sign up for excursions such as snorkeling, parasailing, surfing, paddle boarding and more.
- Morocco: There aren’t too many hostels in Morocco but they’re surely growing. Maybe you’re done with your European vacation but still want to do a bit more exploring. Morocco is essentially right around the corner from the Spanish coast of Europe! It’s a convenient way of experiencing North-African Arabic culture. If you aren’t budget-conscious, treat yourself to one of the grandiose hotels and lush gardens.
- Indonesia: Unlike other travel destinations, Indonesia is covered in breathtaking rain forests and blue flame volcanoes along with white sand beaches. Indonesia is filled with different terrains and scenery, allowing the needs of every traveler to be fulfilled. Whether you want to watch the waves roll in, meet some orangutans or go cave exploring, there’s no shortage of adventure in Indonesia.
- Colombia: Colombia is extremely cheap for Americans due to the currency exchange. On top of that, the weather is warm, the people are friendly and the nightlife is like no other.
- Guatemala: Many people choose to venture to Costa Rica and Nicaragua but Guatemala is truly a hidden gem, especially for those seeking adventure. Explore the small villages which are surrounded by breathtaking views of volcanoes or light a candle and peruse the river caves.
- Dominican Republic: You’ve probably heard of Punta Cana, which is located In the Dominican Republic. This resort town attracts many visitors each year, not only due to the price but also because the beaches are filled with warm, white sand. Ari loved his his trip to the Westin Punta Cana a few months ago and received a free suite upgrade due to his Starwood platinum status.
- Vietnam: Working in the city or in a fast-paced environment can be absolutely draining. When you need a quiet getaway, Vietnam is the place to go. The gorgeous countryside, waterways and tea plantations are absolutely magical once you get out of downtown Hanoi.
- Bolivia: Adventure dwellers and backpackers adore the majestic country of Bolivia. You won’t have to compromise anything when traveling to Bolivia as there are various hotels and restaurants for every budget. This is also a magnetic destination for those who love camping and there are plenty of hiking trails.
- Fiji: Surrounding islands are quite expensive but Fiji is relatively cheap. Of course there are resorts that are well over $1,000 per night but hostels are plentiful. If you need transport, that’s cheap too and you don’t have to worry about paying to use the beach.
- Bulgaria: If you want to experience living like royalty on only $40 per day, head to Bulgaria. Beer enthusiasts only have to spend a little less than $2 for a liter and you can stay in a lavish hotel for next to nothing.
- Jamaica: Especially for those of us living in colder climates, Jamaica is the ultimate destination for winter months. Families gravitate toward Jamaica as the beaches are calm and relaxing for the parents while there are plenty of zip lines and outdoor attractions for children.