You want to go on a vacation yet don’t want to a blow a fortune? Want to save big on food, airfare, accommodation and sightseeing without compromising on enjoying a memorable holiday? Hey, how about inexpensive beer and cheap hostels? There are plenty of places off the hackneyed tourist path where you can enjoy unforgettable travel experiences. These places are relatively inexpensive, offer varied experiences and more value for the traveler’s money in 2017. Here are our picks for the year’s most value for money offering destinations. Get your backpacks ready!
A five star resort in Morocco will set you back by less than $70 a night. Surprised? The flights are also extremely reasonably priced (Think Ryanair). Savor the aroma of shisha or the taste of freshly brewed mint tea in local Kasbahs. Oh and there are beaches at just about every corner. Head to Rabat instead of Marrakech, which features a lesser tourist population and better value for money. Find good bargains on souvenirs at local souks or markets, and dig into a plate of inexpensive curry for less than $4. Sign up for a camel safari with a local company, where meals are often included in the package.
Malta offers an unbeatable value for money holiday if you are looking for a quick European getaway. It has everything from stunning beaches to erstwhile ruins to attractive neighborhoods. Malta is one of the best places to get more bang for your Euro. Inexpensive public transport, reasonably priced drinks and a multitude of bargain accommodation options, Malta spells blow-out time. Heck you can enjoy a ferry ride to Isle of Gozo for under $2.50. Don’t miss the vibrant and infectious vibe of Paceville, which is fittingly referred as Malta’s clubbing capital.
ucharest has pretty low average airline fares from the United Kingdom, and the entire vacation can be budget friendly. You can tuck into filling meals for less than $15 a day, while most cultural and historic sites offer free access to visitors. Head to the ancient town, Lipscani or the communist monument, Palace of Parliament. If Bucharest isn’t up your alley, go to the lesser known yet equally stunning Timisoara. Visit the innumerable fairy-tale like castles sprinkled throughout Romania to witness the erstwhile European glory.
If the blue Aegean coastline doesn’t impress you, the gorgeous resorts of Bodrum and Fethiye sure will! The adventures aren’t limited to pricey marinas and super luxury yachts. You can grab an accommodation at a 3-stat resort here for less than $15/night. Well, and then there are stretches of stunning sandy beaches that can be accessed for free. Head to the Instagram favorite Oludeniz or savor a plateful of sweet baklava pastries. Also want a slice of history? No problemo! Head to the Patara ruins or the famous Ephesus located stadium. There are lots of popular street foods that can be enjoyed for a fraction at the cost of a full meal in a fancy restaurant.
There are lots of urban and day trip options (Porto is wow) in this emerging European hotspot. Lots of budget airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet offer inexpensive flights to Portugal from the UK. Head to Faro to explore its charming old town, majestic salt pans, beautiful island lagoon and sandy beaches. Visit the fortress of Silves , or savor a coffee with locals at one of the town’s al fresco style cafes. The public transport service that shuttles between major stops in Algarve is good, and sets you back by a few Euros.
Though a seemingly tiny island, Cyprus has a remarkably varied persona and stunning Greek/Turkish influences. There are lots of fresh farmers’ markets that are a self caterer’s bonanza plus a huge array of tasty yet inexpensive street foods (think pitta souvlaki and olive pie). Live in Limassol, which boasts of not just a fascinating old port town but also a nice line-up of events including the Wine Festival held in September. Akamas has cheaper and less crowded beaches compared to Ayia Napa. Oh! And who can resist the endless azure blue beach stretches that offer fantastic sunbathing and beach bumming opportunities.
Wherever you decide to head to in the diverse land of India, you’ll almost always find more value for your money. It’s not just incredibly varied but comfortable on the pocket too. For instance, eating out can be amazingly cheap. Veggies can head to South India for a traditional vegetarian thali (full meal generally priced at $10 for 2). Visit the Periyar National Park for an up, close and personal encounter with elephants or laze on the palm fringed shores of Cherai beach. North India has the Taj Mahal, Jaipur (innumerable forts and palaces) and old Delhi tourist attractions.
Hungary is another non-hyped east European destination that offers enticing airfares and good value for money. If a piping hot bowl doesn’t do the trick, its magnificent pieces of architectural delights sure will! You can’t miss the thermal baths (the one on Danube banks is priced at just under $10). Keep you expenditure low by staying on the Pest region of Budapest (For travelers not in the know – Budapest is divided into yokes Buda and Pest on the two sides of Danube River) since that is where all the food and shopping destinations are located.
The gorgeous Adriatic shoreline is only the tip of Croatia’s inspiring beauty. Combine this with good value for money, and as traveler you’re sold! There is no dearth of inexpensive accommodation option in Croatia. Start with Split or head to Diocletian’s Palace, an erstwhile Roman ruin that has been restore, and if currently sprinkled with a bevy of waterfront bars and shops. If that doesn’t seem impressive enough the charming port town of Sibenik has many story book pretty cobbled streets and structures. You can tuck into a fixed-price meal for less than $10 at Sibenik.
Comprising hundreds of islands, exotic culture, innumerable beaches and delectable local cuisine, there’s just no reason to skip an Indonesian vacation. Activities such as surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling can be much cheaper here compared to other luxury beach destinations. Witness some of the most breathtakingly beautiful temples in Bali, and national parks such as Nusa Penida. A backpacker’s haven (lots of bargain hostels), Indonesia’s popular dish nasi goreng can be savored for under $4. Enjoy surfing lessons in Kuta or go shopping at one of Bali’s several markets or witness the lush rice paddies in Ubud! Its glorious experiences all the way.