Many buy into a belief that traveling is a luxury for those in high economic spheres and untouchable for them. The possibility of world travel is dismissed as an idealized fantasy for dreamers. The impossible mindset needs to be changed. Believe you can reach all of your dream destinations, remember that if you truly desire to travel you can make it work.
To keep within budget, review costs in terms of these points:
- Research, compare and book flights
- Review airports of arrival and departure
- Time of the year when journey is planned
- Length of stay
And here are 25 incredible and affordable travel destinations you should check out in 2017!
1. Tanzania – East Africa
(The Highest Peak in Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro Credit: Kilimanjaro: Africa’s highest summit)
Tanzania is blessed with natural landscapes that are treasures in the world. It is not a very expensive country but if you aim to explore all they have to offer, you will run over your budget as the list is never-ending. Highlights include the paradise island of Zanzibar and Mount Kilimanjaro. For exploring the best African wildlife, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti National Park are two of the most common destinations.
Vietnam needs to be on top of travel lists for all. With the dramatic landscapes embodied in a fascinating history in a country full of energy and epic food, Vietnam can electrify all senses capturing you from all angles.
Vietnam is culturally and historically rich. It is a beautiful amazing country. It is a mixture of serenity, relaxation, and thrill. It is a popular destination for low budget travelers looking for bargains! A safe and friendly place where, with some common sense, the trip is destined to be trouble-free and smooth.
Young Girl with Animal in Asia (Credit: Girl with Animal.Asia)
Laos is all about relaxation. Surrounding countries and a bustling industry make Laos a haven in South East Asia. Along with the relaxed atmosphere, in Southern Laos, there is an area called the 4,000 Islands, referring to the small islands that dot the Mekong River. Laos offers some travel costs that are fairly relaxed too. There are plenty of options for affordable food and drink, transportation and lodging.
Buddha Statue in Thailand (Credit: Buddhist Statue)
Ready for a vacation getaway to a culturally stimulating place? A foreign, exotic and affordable destination, Thailand is rich with relaxing beaches and atmosphere. If that doesn’t win you over, the people and the food will. It is one of the most beautiful places with endless sites, excursions, and attractions for any kind of traveler. You will find affordable guesthouses next to very expensive resorts.
China has tourist appeal that is enhanced by cultural uniqueness. It is an exotic destination packed with new experiences and sights that are refreshingly different. This exotic culture is a combination of spectacular scenery and a buzz of activity. Whether you are backpacking on a shoestring travel budget, or a pensioner trying to stretch your buck, there are various ways to cuts costs when touring China after efficient planning and research.
Beach (Credit: Burgas, sunset on the sea)
Bulgaria is a country that is affordable and comes with amiable locals, beaches, scenery and an incredible history, not to mention the nightlife. Everything about Bulgaria is a winning experience, even though you may have thought of it as an underrated country, you will not be disappointed.
Nicaragua is one of the most beautiful places in Central America and is sparsely populated. The Pacific coastline; with lengthy gentle Caribbean beaches; freshwater lakes along hilly inland and volcanoes. Tourists flock to discover the ancient towns, rainforests, pristine rivers, and lakes.
Backpackers and intrepid travelers have taken notice of Nicaragua. Nicaragua became the alternative to the overcrowded destinations of Panama and Costa Rica. Nicaragua appeals to retirees, backpackers, and families for cost-effective activities of surfing, hiking, and drinks. It has amazing natural beauty and is filled with warm people. High expectations will not result in disappointment.
Panama (Credit: Central American archipelago)
The palpable excitement of Panama is in the delectable culture, the food, innovative architecture and new industries adding to the local offerings. Panama has it’s own International Film Festival and jazz festival. Major international summits take place at the convention centers in Panama. There is golf, sailing, tennis fishing, birding and surfing, birding and all imaginable activities. Socialising is extremely easy. Boundless possibilities await in Panama.
Honduras is a rewarding destination with 700 recorded bird species. There are whale sharks and sea turtles in the ocean. Monkeys inhabit the jungle reserves along the Caribbean coast. Travelers rave about Honduras in Central America as a frequently overlooked travel paradise.
The least visited country in Central America is Honduras, where all is low key and laid back. Since there are low tourist numbers there is little competition between hotels and agencies working out inexpensive accommodation and food. Buses are affordable and comfortable. Many planning a mere transit through Honduras end up staying on for a longer time.
In the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji has tropical islands which are home to the happiest people on the planet. The private islands feature all inclusive resorts with culinary destinations and top spas. Intrigue and lustrous outdoor adventure are celebrated here making for a lively and active tourist experience. White sandy beaches and crystal clear ocean offer an ideal getaway for honeymooners, budget globetrotters, and families.
If you are on a budget, Cambodia is one of the best budget-friendly places in South East Asia. There is historical Angkor Watt temples to explore and modern Khmer Rouge history with a mixture of ancient architecture, beaches, and cities.
As the sun rises it reflects off the stone temple complex and the surrounding dense green jungle, creating glowing blue and purple hues that mystify onlookers. Angkor Wat draws over two million visitors yearly and this ancient site is not the only one worth visiting. Cambodia is filled with wonder.
Every cliché about living large on a small budget is true when it comes to Ecuador. Ecuador is in the northwest corner of South America. It’s bordered by Colombia and Peru and despite the small size of Ecuador, there is incredible diversity.
Mountains with rain forests, pacific beaches with natural wonders, amazing culture and climate. Envision it as a dream location with bustling cities, unspoiled beaches, mountain villages and university towns. Ecuador has it all.
Care to venture out to a trendy, picture perfect island? The cost of living varies, depending on where in the country you want to go. A lesser known beach destination like Corozal, Punta Gorda, or the San Ignacio Districts are far more affordable.
There are fragrant mangoes, papayas, pineapples, ripe watermelons, crispy green beans, and firm avocados. Enjoy delicious fresh fish, even catch and cook them yourself! If you love nature you are going to love Belize. A slow paced life in the sunshine with gentle and kind neighbors. Belize is one of the most welcoming places on the face of the earth.
Aveiro – colorful houses in Portugal
Cobblestone villages, medieval castles, and captivating cities along with golden beaches make Portugal an unforgettable experience with the great food, history, exploration and idyllic scenery. The beauty of Portugal unfolds in a startling variety of activities including hiking granite peaks or taking in the pristine scenery. Splendor abounds at the sandy islands and dune-covered beaches. Dolphin watching, kayaking, boating and bike rides will make your visit to Portugal memorable for years to come!
Above it all, this joy-packed country is for travelers that are on a budget. Portugal represents one of the most affordable countries in Western Europe offering stunning beaches and fascinating citiesPortugal has cheap modes of public transport, accommodations that are reasonably affordable and good prices on food.
AustraliaAustralia is a huge island with surrounding oceans offering diving, snorkeling, surfing, sailing, or swimming. If you weigh your options and assume Australia is out of the affordable price range, reconsider it.
A trip to Sydney and surrounding areas may be far easier on the wallet than expected. Public transport is available and inexpensive. Tourists can indulge in succulent Australian meals at affordable rates and the best attractions are free of any cost. It is possible to cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge or climb steps of the Opera house, wander the Botanical gardens and spend days enjoying the surf at no cost. That saves your budget for buying more souvenirs.
Experiencing Madagascar is exploring incredible nature from Baobab trees to rock forests, remote beaches, and adorable lemurs. No place on earth is like Madagascar and the wonders you’ll see once you land there.
There are various local transport varieties from rickshaws to busses and cabs. Always remember to bargain with the taxi or rickshaw drivers to get around at a lower cost. Local eateries are affordable offering sumptuous Malagasy meals!
Budapest is known as the ‘Paris of the East’ and remains a popular destination with low prices, youthful spirits and beautiful architecture. Pair that together with vibrant nightlife, and interesting history for a wonderful travel experience. It has a gritty Eastern Europe ambiance adding to its appeal.
18. Dominican Republic
Sunrise at dawn: Dominican Republic (Credit: Sunrise at dawn)
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern side of the Hispaniola island. It is a popular Carribean destination. The sun kissed sandy beaches are framed by crystal clear water and palm trees. This gorgeous island boasts tropical rainforests, alpine wilderness, and mangrove swamps. Adventure and ecotourism at its best. In a single week, you can mountain bike on remote dirt tracks, make your way up a rope beneath a waterfall, and get on a fishing boat to marvel at whales.
There is a passionate swing of intoxicating rhythms with the national Bachata and Merengue music permeating all activities. Overall, this destination provides an excellent value comparable to most Caribbean destinations.
Located in the northwest of Europe, international travelers rave about its beautiful landscapes, stunning views, and welcoming nature.
The rugged and romantic landscapes are steeped in an ancient lore and filled with geological richness. The warming Atlantic effect produces astonishing natural diversity on the tiny island. It is splashed with lakes and surrounded by a primeval bogland. Unhurried rural living and unending history, the scenic array is open to leisurely exploration by bicycle or foot.
The diversity of Ireland with its compact size makes it easy for navigation and travel. It offers guests everything from ocean beaches to castles, to spas and quaint pubs. A valued experience for the aggregate travel budget.
The Greek sun is synonymous with a carefree lifestyle in a mild climate. Complete with excellent infrastructure this is a favorite destination all year round. Traveling to Greece is really accessible, you can go by road, sea or train.
The aquamarine coastline comes with a pathway for island hopping along sun-bleached ruins and local festivities offering a menagerie of Mediterranean cuisine. Between taking in the thriving art scene in the streets of Athens and venturing out on remote Peloponnese hikes, get ready for a memorable Greek experience.
Major roads link Asia and Europe with Greece. Like every other country, there is a variety of budget options. You can travel cheap or go on a spending spree. People assume Eurozone countries are expensive, this is not true for Greece which boasts affordable accommodation and food even though it is in the Eurozone.
With icebound peaks, deserts of high altitude, exuberant rainforests, and vast savannahs, Bolivia represents a landscape that is astonishing in its range. Mystical terrains boast breathtaking attractions with salt pans, towering volcano peaks, and Inca trails. It is at the remote end of South America rewarding adventurous travelers with exoticism and mystery. The cultural diversity and the ethnic combinations are quite fascinating as well. Bolivia is one of the least expensive countries on the continent.
White sandy beaches, quaint towns tucked away, striking architecture, blue water and, of course, the renowned Cuban cigar are all a part of this lovely country. Take tours of tobacco farms and heritage sites. Ride in and admire classic American cars that will take you back in time. The Cuban people are the island’s treasure, with their creativity, lively culture, and welcoming hospitality. There are many new discoveries to be had in Cuba. It is important to think about budget and planning carefully ahead of time, as wifi is scarce for checking online bank balances.
Martinique is part of the Lesser Antilles Islands with the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic ocean bordering it. The island is diverse in ethnicities and cultures due to a rich history of various inhabitants.
Martinique has sightseeing possibilities on foot. Fort-de-France, the capital, offers architectural wonders, winding, narrow streets and landmarks including the Saint-Louis Cathedral. Touring the city on foot allows you to shop for souvenirs in local shops and visit a local fish market, where you can purchase lunch or dinner in the form of fresh seafood caught that same day.
Martinique Island is part of France officially. It is a volcanic Caribbean island with a coastal spread of towns and settlements. It is known for excellent beaches and a cuisine that combines French delicacies with Creole cooking styles. Martinique is ideal for budget travelers as it has a large residential population with many accommodation options. Plan and build an easy budget for traveling to Martinique in advance, taking into consideration the Euro currency.
24. Galápagos Islands
The Galápagos Islands will entrance those that visit and inspire visions of the future. The unmatched biodiversity of these isolated volcanic islands is one of the few things on Earth that will imbibe a sense of lasting appreciation.
A guaranteed journey of a lifetime, this archipelago has a unique biological richness. The fauna and flora have been the main attraction for travelers, nature lovers, and scientists, who have grown to love this ecosystem.
One of the main reasons for visiting Galapagos is the multitude animals that are unknown to most people. They burst with friendly wildlife like huge sea tortoises and sea lions. It is an archipelago of nineteen islands surrounded by smaller islets, sprinkled along the Ecuadorean coast of the Pacific ocean. The Galapagos islands have good weather all year round. Each island has a unique landscape ranging from volcanic rocks to white sand beaches that melt into the blue waters.
Indonesia is an amazing spectacle in a myriad of flavors. Whether there are Orangutans that lounge in the trees or Balinese dancers moving in rhythm, the sites are sure to please even the impoverished traveler. The idyllic desert, relaxed sandy beaches, and surf breaks are an intriguing adventurous mashup of serenity. The vast and inspiring elements of the 17,000 islands makes visiting Indonesia an intoxicating exploration of diversity.
It is an inexpensive country and budget deals can be found without intensive searching. Accommodation and travel are fairly reasonable and costs only escalate with additional activity participation.
Travel and Experience the World
Traveling is more than just a challenge. It is an escapade of new discoveries. A soul expedition into a lifetime bubbling with experiences. The initial round is sparked off by something you see or hear about a certain destination. The calling has arrived to piece together an ideal route. The venture to fulfill an essence of an all-rounded human and journey into self-discovery. A motion into getting an outer glimpse of your daily inner circles and spheres, traveling is reaching new heights, learning new dialects, perspectives, and visions. A live encyclopedia of world flavors and human existence with vastly diverse languages, cultures, and living spheres.
Get ready to travel, change your life, create a positive influence on others. Be free of ‘the nine to five’ everyday hustle and bustle of the ‘real world.’
PS/ Credits go to the Author: Nena Tenacity