The lust to wander creeps in every vacation. But where would you head with those unfortunate holes in your wallet? Turn that fortune around because there are indeed breathtaking holiday destinations abroad which can fit into your little pocket. Read on to know some lesser-known, yet beautiful alternatives to your pricey, over-rated holiday destinations.
As much surprising as you may find it, Greece is indeed worth featuring on this list. All thanks to its economic slowdown, you don’t need to shell out a bomb to soak yourself in white citadels and blue waters. Santorini and Mykonos are still little pricey spots. Head out to islands of Paros or Skiathos to experience tranquillity in quiet. Los, known for rave nights and young backpackers, is an amazing option for a full-on island-hop. Alternatively, visit Sardonic Gulf Island which is a heaven for food lovers. Don’t miss out the very famous Pirofani’s kebabs. To indulge in some meat cravings, look ahead to Kefalonia.
If you love exploring the exotic culture, Bulgaria’s Sofia is the place for you. It’s Europe’s second oldest city and houses great museums and galleries. A comfy stay in Sofia could cost you anywhere around £20 a day. Do your morning unwinding sessions at Liulin Beach, which has three outdoor swimming pools, a sand area and a footie field. In fact, the further east you go in Bulgaria, the cheaper it will be. Visit Nisebar to start your budget tour of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast.
Buenos Aires is THE place for a sizzling nightlife experience. And don’t worry, £25 a day would be enough to sustain you here. Ditch Recoleta for a breath taking sundown slink at San Telmo while you soak yourself up in the bohemian vibe of the city. Patagonia in southern Argentina offers splendid scenery and happens to be one of the prime departure spots for excursions to Antarctica. Almost a single tenner can take you to Península Valdés where you can spot cute dolphins, penguins and whale.
Experience the South American life under Spanish colonial era while you stroll along Calle Jaén in La Paz. A cluster of museums and rich cultural heritage, Bolivia is way cheap. Whats more, it boasts of best value food-drinks in all of South America. A bottle of Paceña beer costs less than £1! Head to Oruro, a city in the heart of the altiplano famous for its Carnival, held each year in February or March to honour the Virgin of Candelaria. Also, you cannot afford to miss the Salt Flats.
5. Sri Lanka
Closer home, Sri Lanka is a haven for all things beach and sand. You can live right royally for under £25 a day. Stay at the five star Cinnamon Lodge, located in Habarana, the epicentre of a cultural triangle encompassing Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy. If your pampered soul still wants to explore this country by all means, head to the monasteries, stupa and temples. Sri Maha Bodhiya (Bodhi Tree Temple) in Anuradhapura and Sri Dhalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) in Kandy are arguably the most sacred places on the entire island.
Spending less than £18 a day, you get the best of everything here. Palm beaches, lip smacking delicacies, cheap booze and peace like nowhere, Honduras is one of those hidden gems. Puerto Cortes is one of the fundamental ports standing as the souvenir of Spanish culture. Omao is a perfect town with a colonial fortress. Dig out the prettiest post-colonial towns, look no further than the quaint Spanish houses, ornate cathedral and packed plazas in Comayagua’s historic town center. A cozy picnic at Parque Central will make sure you leave your city troubles far behind. Oh, of course, all money woes too!
Hungary’s Budapest promises exotic spa sessions and droolworthy cakes. A sweet treat at Gerbeaud’s
for gourmet pastries is unmissable. A traditional kávéház
(coffee house) for a luscious slice of kürtőskalács (
chocolate chimney cake) will satisfy your sweet craving like nothing. All this at rock bottom prices. Imagine, a £2 meal, £1 train tickets and rooms for £10! Lake Balaton in Transdanubia, western Hungary gives you a calm, countryside experience. Also, don’t forget the alluring vineyards at Badacsony Hill.
Vietnam is a super-affordable hub for everything which speaks relax-n-chill. £5 a day for a guest house, local food, transport and a bit of drinking will sail you smoothly. Try the most popular brew, Bia Hoi which costs as little as 50p. Vietnam has a strong French background and you can spot some exotic patisseries stores here. Hanoi’s Old Quarter, around Hoan Kiem Lake, is like the hub of the city which sees tai-chi practices every morning. The former French mountain resort of Da Lat in the central highland offers an authentic, rural experience. Drive off along the coast towards Ho Chin Minh street as soon as you soak in the cultural vibes of country side plantations and rice terraces.
Find five star luxury on dirt cheap prices here at Cambodia. From £1 beds to £250 royal stays, you will find it all. The world famous Angkor Wat Archaeological Park is a must visit for nature lovers. It’s a sight to behold as you watch the sun go up. It’s a pretty hot city so its recommended to squeeze in your list in morning and evening.
I hope you are backpacking soon folks! Such exhilarating spots at such slashed prices, you can’t miss them!