The world is an expensive place but there are several cities, regions and locations on it that aren’t. With smart use of your time, you can figure out which is which. To make things easier for you, here are a handful of inexpensive holiday destinations to check out. They are affordable and provide value for money. You can have the time of your life in these locations.
1. Mexico – Find an affordable flight and start your money-saving trip. Plan your holiday when there are none going on in the US, because that’s when plenty of Americans visit Mexico and crowd up the scene. Go off the established trail, it’s where you’ll find the most rewarding adventures in Mexico. Check out the blissful beach towns north of Puerto Vallarta. Chacala Town, for instance, offers you guesthouses for only US$40 and the ambience is stunning. The tourist hotspot of Yucatan Peninsula is one more amazing place to check out. Want to be part of the Mayan civilization? Take cheap bus trips to Tulum and Merida to check out the ruins that stand to this day. If you can make the trip yourself, it will only cost you a fraction of what Cancun-based tours have you pay. Beach destinations in Mexico offer palm-thatched-roof houses called cabanas that you’re to certain to appreciate.
2. Nicaragua – While infamous Costa Rica is expensive, the neighboring region of Nicaragua is the very opposite. One of the most sublime Central American tourist attractions has plenty in store, like a cheap trip to Volcán Concepción or a boat ride down Río San Juan. You can explore and enjoy Nicaragua for only US$20 a day, although truth be told a flight to the Corn Islands from the mainland can cost a pretty penny. Some of the most affordable beach living and diving in the Caribbean are found in Nica.
3. Palawan – This Philippines region has superb sights for a budget traveler. You can find sensational beaches, imposing limestone cliffs and mysterious jungle rivers. One of the region’s top attractions is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Another one is the Bacuit Archipelago. Both can be visited at reasonable costs. Make your way from Palawan to the Calamian Islands; you’ll see sandy beaches that inspired the locale in the Leonardo Di Caprio movie ‘The Beach’. May to October is monsoon season so it’s best not to visit at this time but if you do be aware that heavy rains often fall in the afternoons.
4. Portugal – As far as cheap European holidays go, Albufeira in the Algarve region of Portugal is touted as one of the cheapest. It’s great for a summer family holidays. While some summers can be sultry, Portugal is otherwise quite budget-friendly for a lot of travelers. For a nice big bag of sweet treats that come cheap and some sensational coffee, head to Lisbon. Cheap trams are also available for rent there. Portugal is an outstanding surfing zone where you can find amazing waves without the need to visit expensive surfing areas in other parts of Europe.