Unfortunately travel isn’t free, and although I do believe that it should be on prescription, it’s simply not the case. If you’re looking for travel inspiration but your bank balance is shaking it’s head, you’ll be pleased to know that there are several budget destinations coming up for the following year, some of which are certainly glittering, without the major price tag attached.
Obviously you can make any destination in the world cheaper by being careful with your money, eating away from tourist streets, and staying in a hostel rather than a large hotel, but the price of getting around adds up. Check out these five budget destinations for 2015 and see if you feel the need to book a little break of your own.
Yes, you did read that right, Bali. Literal paradise on earth and it doesn’t have to break the bank! You can get to the beauty by flying indirect to cut costs, but once you’re there you can live quite authentically for little. It has been stated that the cost of hotels in Bali has fallen by 12% this year, so that is certainly good news for anyone wanting to explore this beautiful, spiritual, and quite literal paradise island for themselves.
Package holidays to Turkey have always been cheap compared to the rest of Europe, probably because it isn’t part of the Euro zone, but this year the costs are lower still. The lira rate is fantastic against the pound and the euro, which means you get more for your money. The cost of a holiday on the south coast, in resorts such as Alanya, Marmaris, Icmeler, Kusadasi or Side, are still very low, and when compared to other countries nearby, you can stay for two weeks and still have money spare.
The Canary Islands
Belonging to Spain, although sitting closer to the north coast of Africa, the Canaries are perfect for winter and summer sun. Package holidays are cheap in winter especially, but you can do it yourself even cheaper if you look for flights and accommodation separately. The northern part of Tenerife is wild and untamed, perfect for hiking and walking enthusiasts, and the lunar landscapes of Lanzarote are like something from a movie.
There are a few destinations left on the planet which are unspoilt and still retain total authenticity; granted, they are few and far between, mainly because tourism is taking over the world, but Vietnam is certainly one of those destinations which has retained its charm. An ideal spot for backpacking, the Mekong Delta is simply stunning, and the good news is that Vietnam is relatively cheap!
Portugal has always been one of the cheapest European cities to visit, and this is also a summer and winter destination. The tourist resorts are a little inflated in cost in terms of eating etc, but you can get around this by heading away from the usual tourist traps. Alentejo is a great choice for foodies, offering a rather sophisticated holiday for a very cheap price.
See, you don’t need a bank loan to travel!