A common concern when it comes to travel is finances. There are four solutions I have for you when it comes to not breaking the bank for a trip. 1) Do your research on the least expensive time to travel to your desired destination 2) Look for flight deals 3) Book your trips in advance 4) Travel to destinations where your dollar goes further!
Below you will find a non-exhaustive list of some travel destinations where your dollar goes furthest!
Between free activities, 5 star hotels for
$50/night, white sand beaches with aqua-colored water, friendly people, and delicious food, what more can you ask for of an island! In addition to the affordable stay this is a dream destination for sightseeing. If you are looking for things to do in Phucket, check out Wat Chalong Temple, Big Buddha or hike on Promthep Cape, all for free!
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Ironically enough, while La Fortuna means “The Fortune,” this is no indication of what you need to stay here. La Fortuna has a small town vibe with affordable dining and great sightseeing! You can pay as little as $35/day for meals. A 3-star hotel will cost you approximately $75/night. Recommended sights to see would be the La Fortuna Waterfall and the Arenal Volcano National Park!
If you are someone who appreciates architecture, art and shopping at local markets like Feira da Ladra, then you will love Lisbon Portugal! For less than $5 one way, you can get around the city by tram (particularly Tram 28) . For food, you can expect to spend around $35/day at restaurants that range from Michelin star restaurants to mom and pop cafes. Three-star hotels will run you about $80/night!
Mexico City, Mexico
If you have not heard yet, Mexico City, Mexico is a mecca for food and culture! When creating your itinerary, you can choose from thousands of restaurants and free attractions. It is also pedestrian friendly! But if you are not a huge walker, Ubers are still affordable! On average daily, look to spend $140 on meals, transportation and lodging.
When visiting Budapest, Hungary you must visit the Széchenyi Thermal Baths, picturesque dramatic skyline and a mix of old and new sights and medieval bridges. Additionally, you can cruise the Danube River, or grab a quick inexpensive meal or snack at the Great Market Hall. For both meals and transportation, I would expect to spend about $92 daily!The day pass for the Thermal baths is about $28. Not bad if you ask me :)
Capetown, South Africa
Between the vibrant arts and nightlife scene, multi-cultural dining and breathtaking natural beauty, Cape Town is an amazing getaway. For around $23, you can catch a cable car round-trip to Table Mountain. For meals, per person you would spend on average around $50/day. And for $63/night you can stay at a 3 star hotel or beautiful luxurious 2 story loft downtown for $1400/ month!
Talk about a jaw dropping destination! Cappadocia, Turkey is it! You literally feel like you are in a fairytale between the colorful hot air balloons that rise every morning for sunrise, the cobblestone roads, and the fairy chimney structures. You can plan your own sightseeing for free. Daily you can pay about $35 for dining and transportation and weekly for about two people, lodging can cost as little as $495!
São Paulo, Brazil
In São Paulo for about $33 per night, you can stay in 3-star hotels. And for $112/night you can upgrade to 5-star lodging! The average expense per day for meals and transportation is about $41 per person. Additionally, Avenida Paulista is a great place to eat, shop and browse!
Medellin is perfect for backpackers and sightseers and adventurers. In Medellin you can find parks, tours, restaurants, and nightlife. With budget accommodations, you can spend less than $25 per day! Food and excursion are also inexpensive!