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Tips for enjoying an affordable vacation this year

Tips for enjoying an affordable vacation this year

Now that we’re more than halfway through the year, many are starting to think about taking a vacation to de-stress and recalibrate. However, for many travelers, funds for this kind of trip are limited and budgets can be tight, particularly if you’re trying to save money for other things.

To help you get the best of both worlds – a fun vacation but one that doesn’t drain your bank account into the red – you need to choose the right destination, look for a spot where currency conversions work out in your favor and steer clear of places too full of tourists. Read on for some destinations to consider today.


If you don’t mind traveling a bit of a distance, Asia is a great destination when it comes to affordability.

For instance, Thailand is a popular spot with backpackers and others on a budget because it’s not only easy on the wallet but also has a raft of great attractions and activities to enjoy. You could spend R&R time at some of the country’s many beaches or try different types of fresh Asian cuisine around the nation. In Khao Sok National Park, you can spot gibbons and other fascinating creatures; or you can take a memorable travel photo of beautiful pink water lilies blooming in groups across lakes around Thailand.

Vietnam is another destination to put on your list. Here you’ll find stunning countryside, such as beaches, rivers and other waterways, paddy fields, limestone karsts and more. There are numerous ancient temples to put on your itinerary plus many local stalls selling tasty street food.

Malaysia is popular with those on a budget, too. There are bustling cities to roam around; laid-back islands where you can feel like you’ve stepped back in time; and picturesque green highlands to explore. Malaysia is also well known for having some of the top night markets in all of Asia.

If you’re looking for low-cost destinations that don’t require such long-distance travel, then turn to Central America.

Costa Rica is a prime location. Around this country you’ll find all sorts of wonderful spots to dive, snorkel and swim, or you can work up a sweat by hiking through some of Costa Rica’s many rainforests. This option provides not only excellent opportunities to see local wildlife but also the ability to watch some of the country’s legendary sunsets from up high. Make sure you spend time in San Jose, Costa Rica. The nation’s capital offers a great dose of history and culture. You can check out its Spanish colonial buildings and see hundreds of gleaming artifacts in the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

When on a budget, Guatemala is another top vacation spot. Here, you’ll notice a fascinating mix of modern cities, tiny villages and colonial towns, many of which still showcase ancient traditions followed by locals. While in Guatemala, spend time in Antigua, so you can see its gorgeous architecture, and head into the jungle to admire the splendor of Semuc Champey, a massive natural limestone formation that lies over an underground river.


Of course, a trip to Europe is on most travelers’ must lists, so you’re probably curious about affordable options in this part of the world. While much of Europe is quite expensive, there are areas where you can get around more cheaply.

For instance, Greece has more value-based pricing than many other countries in Western Europe due to its ongoing economic difficulties. Steer clear of the tourist-heavy spots such as Santorini or Mykonos, though, as they’re still costly. Instead, make your way to Hydra, where you can set your palate alight by trying out wonderfully authentic souvlaki. Consider exploring the island of Cephalonia (also known as Kefalonia), to see Greek beauty. History lovers cannot miss a visit to the nation’s capital, Athens, either. This is one of the oldest cities on the globe and full of fascinating sites.

Another good European destination to consider is Portugal. The Algarve region in the south is particularly delightful. In this sun-drenched location, you can taste locally-made wines and eat and drink in the more than 100 different bars, nightclubs and restaurants in the area. The Algarve region is also known for its traditional Old Portuguese streets and plazas, many churches, great markets and numerous golf courses.