There are expensive options and cheap options almost everywhere, but sometimes knowing a few simple tricks can allow you to visit and enjoy places around the world that you never dreamed were within your budget.
Here are some of the best destinations to consider visiting if one of your main priorities is keeping the cost of the trip to a minimum.
A European gem that isn’t talked about much, Portugal has a huge amount to offer the budget tourist. It has a fascinating and unique history, plus very friendly locals. The capital of Lisbon is quieter than most similar cities, which gives you a great opportunity to explore its charming streets, eat out every night and travel on the historic trams for hardly any money.
As an up-and-coming international tourist destination, many parts of China are starting to cost more than they used to for tourists, but that doesn’t stop it being one of the more affordable Asian destinations. This is especially true for cities deeper into the mainland.
Another Asian holiday destination that’s slowly growing in popularity, people are becoming increasingly fascinated by the unique personality of South Korea. Food and drink are extremely affordable and there’s a huge amount of nightlife to enjoy, plus a rich and complex culture to immerse yourself in.
Although certain areas have a reputation for being pricey, the whole island of Fiji does not follow that rule. It’s a common place for backpackers to stop off on their travels, so affordable places to stay and things to do (including diving and visiting the beautiful beaches) are actually easy to find.
If you’re interested in experiencing a rich new culture and exploring ancient ruins, there are a few choices in Central America that may offer everything you need for a great price. Food, accommodation and travel by bus tend to be very affordable.
One of the most famous destinations in the world for seeing incredible ancient temples and monuments is Cambodia, but the prices are surprisingly low. You can eat, sleep and travel in relative luxury for much less than you would pay elsewhere.