I love to travel, but as someone that is paying off their loans, jet-setting doesn’t always fit my bank account. Weekend getaways, staycations, and last-minute discounts help me make the most of my travel budget, but what about budget travel to more exotic destinations? I havnt been overseas yet in my travel journey, but I hope to end that this year or early next year.
Here is my list of the top ten budget travel destinations, with the underlying theme being very favorable exchange rates and extremely low costs of living.
Denver takes the top spot as the most budget-friendly destination of the year. Besides being great for your wallet, Kayak says it’s also good for sightseeing, its history, and adventure. Throughout the year, the median cost of airfare to Denver tends to stay below $250.
You can buy meals for under a dollar and enjoy river cruises for rates lower than what you’d spend in nearby India. Bangladesh may be a non-traditional travel destination, but don’t overlook it.
With the exchange rate, you will be able to stretch your travel budget enough to sail by the Irrawaddy River Dolphins and see tigers in the Sunderbans National Park outside of Khulna. Bangladesh also has a wide range of handmade crafts such as coconut masks, bamboo sculptures, and folk dolls. Leatherwork and pearls are also popular exports.
If you want to travel to Southeast Asia this year, Cambodia is an amazing option. Not only is it one of the cheapest places to visit down there, but it also has some of the richest history! You can explore the Angkor Wat ruins, Tonle Sap the largest body of fresh water in Southeast Asia, and the Banteay Srei temples!
Cuba is a well-known destination because of their rich culture, sandy beaches, and colourful 60’s cars. You can explore their beautiful colonialist buildings, rent one of their unique cars and cruise along the waterfront, and eat and drink delicious foods and cocktails every night!
Turkey is an amazing destination to choose for 2019! Hop on a flight to Istanbul and experience rich culture, delicious Turkish coffee and treats, unique marketplaces, natural sites like the salt hot springs and so much more!
Fort Myers, Florida
Fort Myers has a lot to offer, from its downtown area to the former mansions of the Edison and Ford families. If you have a sweet tooth, head to Daddy Dee’s Ice Cream. It’s a retro ice cream parlor that’s a local favorite. The best time to visit is now, when airfare costs around $180. Throughout the year, it stays between $250 and $300.
Hungary is an affordable travel destination. You can get huge meals in markets for $5, public transportation via train for $1, and hotels for $20 a night.
The city seems like a curious mixture of 14th century architecture and modernization. Highlights include the gorgeous architecture of the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Buda Royal Palace, and the tranquil Margaret Island.
The Dominican Republic is an attractive budget travel destination for baseball fans and suntanners alike. The island comes alive during Carnaval Dominicano in February and Semana Santa in April.
The Dominican Republic is home to a wide range of lodging options to fit any budget, from luxury resorts to affordable hostels. Although it’s not the cheapest country in the region, there is a good mix of sun, safety, and affordability.
Argentina is a super popular destination in South America because of their breathtaking natural landscapes and European-style cities. You can see glaciers, miraculous mountains, unbelievable landscapes in Patagonia, and try tango in the streets of Buenos Aires! Honestly, there are so many amazing things to do in this country.
Thailand is probably at the top of everyone’s list at this point and for good reason! They’re home to unbelievably beautiful beaches, lush forests, rugged islands, and bustling city streets to explore. It’s an incredibly cheap country considering you can get Pad Thai on the street for less than $1 if you want to and there’s no shortage of temples to explore as well!