Source: 07-01-2018 – www.addtobucketlist.com
9 Best Budget Friendly Travel Destinations For 2018
If the wanderlust bug has bitten you and your new year resolution is to travel some more, let us help you pick some of the world’s most epic places that are surprisingly easy on the pocket too. You don’t have to rob a bank to make the most of your time here. Here’s our expert list of the world’s best budget travel destinations for 2018. Fasten your seats belts, we say. It’s going to be one helluva exciting journey this year!
Colombia offers brilliant value for money when it comes to travel experiences. The destination has witnessed a huge influx of tourists due to rapid development. Art buffs will love sampling the flourishing art scene at Cartagena and Bogota. Plus, one doesn’t need a lot of money to explore Columbia.
Its cobblestoned city centers are walk-able and highly explore-able, with colonial style structures and vivid murals that reflect the country’s cultural magnificence. Lots of eateries in Bogota offer authentic local cuisine at unbelievable prices.
There are also plenty of inexpensive hotels and hostels to accommodate cost conscious travelers.
Malaysia is a great alternative for the touristier and crowded Thailand. It features an amazing array of street food and flea markets. Not just that, it is surprisingly affordable too. A three star accommodation in Kuala Lumpur will set you back by a mere $15/night. Similarly $10 is enough to help you enjoy three meals.
Langakawi is an inexpensive island destination, while Penang is known for its cheap and awesome street food. Malaysia offers everything from highlands to beaches to islands to buzzing metros and more.
This off the radar Asian destination offers something for just about everyone. Did you know Gaya Island is one of the world’s best secret escapes?
While tourists throng to the neighboring countries of Greece and Italy, Albania deserves a chance too for its jaw droppingly gorgeous castles and coastlines. You’ve got to witness the beauty of the Albanian Alps to believe it.
The destination is perfect for budget travelers and backpackers looking for affordable accommodation, food and public transport. Three star hotels are priced below $18/night. You can enjoy a king-size meal on a peasant’s budget.
There are plenty of public transport options to take you around on a budget too. Visitors can go on hiking tours, visit national parks and explore the region’s fortresses. The country is beautiful and inexpensive.
Nepal is a nature, adventure and culture lover’s dream manifested. It is incredibly budget -friendly, sprinkled as it is with innumerable affordable hotels (as low as $10-15 per night). A couple of meals here will cost you $8-10, which is good value for money.
There are plenty of small villages to explore along with trekking to the mighty Mount Everest basecamp.
The country is famous for its visually breathtaking mountain landscape and old temples. Nepal, though tiny, packs plenty of punch, and is ideal for budget travelers seeking a break from more tourist Asian countries.
Argentina is multifaceted, vibrant and exciting. It has something for just about any traveler from food to culture to little known natural wonders. Backpack through the Mendoza wine county or hike along Patagonia’s stunning peaks and lush valleys. Then there’s Buenos Aires with its colorful streets and mouth melting steaks. Who can forget the passionate and feverishly paced tango dance? With an attractive exchange rate and a lifting of VAT tax on hotels for international visitors, Argentina can offer you plenty of experiences, while helping you get far more value for your money. Watch tango performances, go museum hopping, shop at vintage boutiques and visit a parrilas for a real Argentinean barbecue experience. The wine and steak here is really affordable. Hey, and did we mention visiting one of the planet most gorgeous waterfalls? Iguazu Falls should not be missed.
Featuring a good mix of inexpensive food, succulent wine varieties and the stunning Azores islands, Portugal is a traveler’s delight. Smack in the center of the Atlantic Ocean, the Portuguese islands are a paradise for nature enthusiasts and make for great romantic hideaways.
There are several unspoiled beaches, coastal villages and three star accommodation options (along with lots of backpacker hostels) throughout Portugal. The hotels will set you back by around $60/night, while a good meal in a local restaurant will come to around $10.
Mexico is culturally gifted, and known for its vibrant, colorful traditions, amazing food and friendly citizens. With an attractive exchange rate for the U.S. dollar, it makes for a promising budget friendly travel destination.
The cultural hotspot is known for its buzzing vibe, shopping and nice assortment of restaurants. Then there are the absolutely stunning sapphire beaches of Cancun if you move away from the metro.
Witness the region’s tryst with history at Puerto Vallarta and the ancient region of Punta de Mita. There’s plenty to keep culture vultures satisfied here. Foodies, explorers, romantic vacation seekers and adventure enthusiasts, Mexico delights them all.
It’s the time of countries that have been below the radar to come up and shine in the tourism world. Estonia is one such hidden gem that will see a surge in visitors during the coming years. This means prices will soar too later, which is why you must consider visiting this beautiful nation now.
Estonia looks straight out of a fairy tale, with its castles, grand palaces and a stunning blue coastline. Three star hotels rooms are available for as low as $40 (night), and a day’s meal will set you back by around $20. There are free walking tours and free museum entry bargains all through the year, which you should keep an eye out for.
Flights to Chile may not exactly be budget friendly but you’ll make up for it once to land here. The nation offers magnificent savings because almost all the good things to explore here are free. Witness the beauty of Andes Mountains, go on an exciting Incan Trail, visit the famous Torres del Paine National Park and sunbathe at one of its innumerable serene beaches. Chile is a treasure chest of natural beauty, waiting to be unlocked.
With a heady mix of mountains, coasts and deserts, this destination can be enthralling for any traveler.
Three star hotels prices start at around $20/night, while daily meals and wine set you back by $10/day. And you also get to visit the planet’s driest place – the breathtaking Atacama Desert. Any wonder then that Chile is on the bucket list of most budget travelers?