As the world slowly tries to return to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic, many people started looking for a place to relax and recover. Countries all around the world are slowly reopening their borders so now it’s a great time to start planning for your next unforgettable trip.
If in the past years it was relatively simple to plan a holiday, the new economic crisis made it a little bit harder to squeeze some money for an exotic vacation. Prizes skyrocketed across the world as businesses are trying to recover. That doesn’t mean you can’t still have a great holiday on a budget, it just means you have to keep an eye out and plan ahead.
Even if most places are fairly expensive, here is a list of affordable cities that you should definitely check out if you are on a tighter budget. From the old continent of Europe to the exotic islands of the Caribbean, there is surely a place that will fill your heart with joy. Keep an eye out for the bonus offers to keep the costs down and start packing because there are so many incredible places to see in the world!
Let’s start the list with a beautiful little city in Hungary. Budapest is an excellent choice to travel on a budget as long as you don’t follow the popular places along the river. There are castles, thermal spas and plenty of impressive cathedrals with very low ticket cost. Also, the food is cheap if you choose the food stands and the accommodation is relatively inexpensive if you move a little further from the center.
The average price for accommodation is around €5, with only €1 for public transport and around €7 for food.
Istanbul is a grand city with plenty of history behind and absolutely gorgeous architecture that’s why it is considered by many a must-visit place in your lifetime especially since prizes are not prohibitive. Istanbul sits on both the European and Asian continents, and the Bosphorus Strait goes right through the middle dividing this colossal city.
A hotel room may get to around €170 with breakfast included depending on the location. Food is also quite cheap due to many kebab, raki, and mezes dinners spread all across the city. You can expect a cost of around €10-12 for a dinner which is fairly cheap.
Malta is, to put it simply, a true paradise island. It has stunning panoramic cliff views, crystal clear waters, open caves and megalithic ruins. You would expect that a luxury place like this would not make it on the cheapest places to visit, but believe it or not, the prices are quite affordable.
The accommodation is fairly low-price and as soon as you land, the airport offers you a 7-Day Tallinja Explorer Card. This card costs €21 and offers you unlimited travel on the buses network all across Malta.
The key of visiting Valletta on a budget is to pick the right time during the winter months (October – March) to cut some of the costs. Hotels are around €9-16 for a night while Airbnbs for around €10-20 per night.
You can find various restaurants, eateries, stores, and cafes all around since Valletta is an international food scene. With so many offers and a little bit of research, you can very well go as low as €2.50 for a meal.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jamaica has been one of the most popular destinations for tourists for years now, mostly thanks to its incredible beaches. Montego Bay or “MoBay” can be visited on the budget even if it’s a part of the natural Caribbean paradise.
Montego Bay is surely not the cheapest city on the list but that doesn’t mean it can’t be visited on a budget. Meals can take you around €20-50 for a day while the local transport can is just about €9. Depending on the location of the hotel, you can find rooms from €110 to €209 for a night.
George Town, Malaysia
Malaysia is an exotic country that draws thousands of tourists each year. Luckily, George Town is a paradise for food lovers. The city is packed with street food stands, dinners, restaurants and eateries with prizes going as low as €1 for a meal.
We will be not including the cost for transport for George Town as it is best explored on foot. Local and international artists have picked the streets and the walls as their canvas creating stunning works of art.
There are plenty of places to visit in George Town since no less than three different cultures meet in this lovely city. The city has UNESCO world status and it is buzzing with life therefore you would miss so much not to explore its every single corner.
Accommodation is also fairly cheap, safe, cozy, and modern, from €60 to €80 for a night.
Located in the central highlands of Guatemala, Antigua is another city on this list designed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its gorgeous Baroque-influenced architecture and numerous ruins.
As a holiday destination, Antigua is a bit different from the other cities on the list as it is quite relaxing and often used as a destination for museum and architecture lovers and less by those seeking thrills. It’s almost impossible to visit all the monuments, ruins, churches or villas so expect to walk quite a lot, but I guarantee you, the places are definitely worth it.
You should expect somewhere around €50 per day as the local transport goes around €7 on average and meals around €8-10 since the city is packed with many restaurants of all sizes, small eateries and local stores.
The above destinations are just a few of the many affordable places that are definitely worth a visit. No matter what continent you choose, a holiday can be as expensive or as budget-friendly as you make it and no destination is really “too expensive” if you plan well ahead. Pick your favorite destination and go out to make some unforgettable memories!