While summer’s almost over, there’s still time to book a well-deserved vacation. But where can you travel without breaking the bank? If you’re planning a late summer getaway or fall adventure, here are 10 beautiful and budget-friendly travel destinations to consider.
Indonesia has it all: beaches galore, crystal clear waters, wonderful weather, a lively buzz, endless things to do, wonderful food…and a price tag that’s shockingly low. Sure, if you go to all the fancy resorts, dine at the most luxurious restaurants, and hire a private boat between islands, the cost goes up. But you can also make lifelong memories on a shoestring budget.
India is a true traveler’s dream come true. It’s not for the fainthearted (unless you go to the most touristic places). But it’s certainly one of the best destinations on the planet if you’re on a budget. Oh, and everything from the culture and history to the natural beauty and mind-boggling local traditions – and how could we forget the curries?! – will blow your mind.
8. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is beautiful, historic, full of friendly people, blessed with wonderful food, and offers a huge array of things to do. Depending on where you are in the country, you can surf, do safaris, climb ancient monuments, visit ancient temples, and explore epic natural environments. Oh, and it’s cheap as chips, too.
Thailand is a dream come true for anyone seeking a unique, exotic, and budget-friendly vacation. Sure, the flights aren’t exactly cheap. But once you’re there, everything from the food and accommodation to the activities and transport costs a fraction of what it does in the US. Even better, it’s stunning. The beaches are epic, the local cuisine is to die for, and it’s steeped in history and culture.
Mexico is huge, vibrant, beautiful, historic, oft-misunderstood, and 100% budget-friendly. It has something for everyone. Want to relax on white sand beaches? No problem. Party the night away? Always an option, too. Explore ancient monuments? No shortage of those. Eat your fill of traditional tacos? Oh yes. Dive into a crystal-clear cenote? They’re never far away. Mexico honestly has it all.
Good news: Greece’s white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and pristine whitewashed properties are more accessible when you’re on a budget than you might think. Sure, it isn’t the cheapest place on this list. And you can 100% spend a boatload of money in Greece. But you don’t have to!
Like most destinations, the best way to save money is to go outside of peak season. Travel just after summer, and you’ll enjoy both smaller crowds and cheaper prices.
Croatia should be on everybody’s bucket list – especially if you want to travel in Europe on a budget. It’ll be busier and more expensive in July and August, but outside those months, you should be able to enjoy this magical destination without overspending. Get ready to island hop, explore ancient fortresses, enjoy breathtaking natural beauty, swim in crystalline waters, and just generally have the time of your life.
Didn’t expect this one, right? London’s notoriously expensive, so what on earth is it doing on this list? One reason, really: it’s packed to the rafters with unforgettable activities that are 100% free. If you stay in self-catered accommodation and stick to the free tourist activities (e.g., the endless museums, galleries, and parks), you can enjoy a surprisingly cheap trip to the UK capital.
Nestled at the intersection of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia isn’t a country you’ll find on many people’s bucket list. But, trust us…it should be. The place is STUNNING. Like, “holy cow, how is this even real?” stunning. It’s also incredibly historical, unique, welcoming, and, yep…cheap. Got $30 to $50 to spend a day? You’re totally set (within reason, of course).
Laos, in Southeast Asia, is a treat in every way. The locals? Friendly as they come. Pace of life? Leisurely. History and culture? No shortage of both. Food? Oh my – divine. Nature? Honestly, second to none (this place is famous for its National Parks). And yes, it’s one of the cheapest destinations you’ll ever visit. As in, you can live like royalty on $50 a day kinda cheap…
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