Looking for affordable vacation destinations this year?
Whether you’re going for a honeymoon, getaway, or family trip, it’s important you consider all the possible destinations.
With a little research, you can book the vacation of a lifetime without breaking the bank. To help you get started, we’d like to take a closer look at some of the places you might consider exploring. Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy, or something a little more unique – these destinations have one thing in common – they’re budget-friendly and unforgettable.
Affordable Vacation Destinations You Don’t Want to Miss
Want to experience the history of Europe?
How about the natural beauty of Asia?
These destinations may sound a little out of reach considering the budget you have in mind, but you may be surprised to find they may be a lot cheaper than you think.
Let’s take a look at some of the possible destinations.
Bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the North African country of Morocco* is a favorite destination for budget travelers in the know. Featuring exotic medina’s, delicious cuisine and a fascinating culture with a blend of Arabic, Berber, and European influence, Morocco has it all. Enjoy seaside cities and Saharan tent cities, exploring all of the winding routes in between.
For a true tour of the country, it is essential to experience each region, and starting in the famous city of Casablanca is high on many travelers lists. The actual city may not live up to its Hollywood image, but it is a fine first look into the country. From there, head for a bit more authenticity high in the Atlas Mountains. Spending time in tent villages and living among the Berber populations that reside in the area, brings you a true look into traditional Moroccan life.
For the grand finale, head to Marrakech, the jewel of Morocco. Get lost in the massive medina, shop for leather in the street stalls and lunch from the numerous street stands – the intrepid traveler’s best tip for becoming familiar with a culture.
Mexico* is the perfect affordable vacation destination for those without extended vacation time. Close to home and yet still exotic, Mexico offers up some of the best food in the world – extremely diverse regions offering up something for everyone and a friendly and colorful culture.
For beach lovers, head to Mazatlan. One of the most inexpensive beach cities in Mexico, Mazatlan features a thriving old town, delicious seafood and miles of gorgeous coastline, all for much less than the price of a similar vacation to Cancun, Sonora or San Jose del Cabo.
Travelers looking for history and culture should head to the colonial hill towns of Central Mexico such as Allegro, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo and Quintana Roo. Colorful, steeped in history, and featuring some of the most stunning architecture, these high-altitude towns are nothing short of amazing.
Although highly visited, Crete* is one of the more authentic Greek Island experiences. Regardless of your interests, Crete has something to offer for everyone – from the walled inner city or the Palace of Knossos, to the food of the region, Crete is for every type of traveler.
Foodies will embrace the vibrant cuisine of the island. In fact, the people of Crete are considered one of the healthiest in the world – where the residents walk miles in their regular, day-to-day life, eat fresh and local produce, and eat almost nothing overly-processed.
When not eating your way through another delicious meal, the options abound – whether to hike the hillsides at Samaria Gorge National Park, visit the Venetian Fortezza, and get some sun on one of the white sand beaches.
Southeast Asia, that hub of the backpacker crew, draws travelers to her shore like a beacon. One of the crown jewels of the region is Vietnam*. This country has moved on from its torn past and embraced a combined future and has amazing sights and tastes for visitors.
The diversity of the country is beyond compare. Heading north or south along the over 2,000 miles of coastline presents visitors with the cool, damp mountains of Sapa, the bustling and chaotic cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and history in the extreme at Hoi An, the prettiest town in the country.
Wander through history at the War Remnants Museum, sail Ha Long Bay on a restored junk and eat your weight in a cuisine that expertly combines the spice of Asia with the precise touch of the former French influence, all sure to create memories for a lifetime.
Home of fire-dancing ceremonies, delicious food, beautiful beaches and miles of terraced rice paddies, Bali has it all, but at a budget price.
While Kuta remains the cosmopolitan hub of the island, for beaches, consider the sleepy town of Lovina. While many travelers just come for the day or an overnight trip to see the numerous dolphin pods, savvy travelers spend a few days to truly appreciate traditional Balinese life. A few other vacation spots to consider include Jimbaran Bay, Candidasa and Seminyak.
Ubud has long reigned as the spot to see in Bali, and while it is certainly no secret, beautiful accommodations can still be had for bargain prices and walking mere blocks off the main streets can lead visitors to areas rarely seen by most tourists.
For travelers willing to make the trek, Mozambique* is a (nearly) undiscovered paradise.
One of Africa’s last frontiers, the country features a rugged northern edge, stunning coastlines and endless water sports opportunities. The culture is equally diverse, combining the influence of the indigenous African tribes who first settled here, the Arab seafarers, and the Portuguese who ruled until ruled until the mid-1970s.
Get in some city-sightseeing in the capital of Maputo – one of the only cosmopolitan spots in the country. After the civil war ended in 1992, this city was in shambles. In the last two decades, billions have been put into bringing the city back to its former glory.
However, the true glory of the country is in nature. Follow the animals at Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, hike the mountains along the Zimbabwean border or spend days swimming, sailing and diving along the extensive coastline, before sitting down to some of the world’s best seafood.
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