While it’s true that beautiful destinations add value to your life, they can be heavy on the wallet. We present some awesome tourist spots that bring unforgettable adventures-without breaking the bank! Here are the Top 10 Tourist Spots for the Traveler on a Budget.
10. The Turkish Riviera
When you hear the word “riviera”, the next thing in your head is probably “French.” After all, the French Riviera boasts some of the finest beaches in the world, but at a hefty price. For those who wish to enjoy the same beauty but can’t quite get past the large cost, we have one thing to say to you—the Turkish Riviera. Eastern Europeans have been drawn to the stunning southwestern Mediterranean coast of Turkey for years now, and it’s high time we get in on their secret. Hotel prices go for around $150, which is quite a bargain considering the quality and competition they face. With the nearby Catalhoyuk Mound, adventure seekers and architects will squeal in delight as this is one of the oldest and most well-preserved Neolithic site to this day. What are you waiting for? Book a flight and go have the time of your life!
Looking to channel your inner Indiana Jones on a reasonable vacation? Look no further, because Egypt is the answer. Adventure seeking sightseers have more than just the pyramids to enjoy, however. You can trek through the dunes of Egypt or soak up some sun on the beach, Egypt’s got a lot to offer. Not many know that this African country is one of the best diving sites in the world, with the rich Mediterranean coastline they enjoy. Instead of going for the other overpriced countries bordering the beautiful sea, Egypt gives you the same stunning sights for as low as $20 per night. Eating street fare will also save you a lot money-wise, but if you’re willing to splurge on their amazing cuisine, you won’t regret it!
As we go along our list, you’ll be delighted to encounter both popular and relatively obscure locations. Bulgaria is something of an in-between. While people are generally familiar with this country in Eastern Europe, even travel geeks will be hard pressed to name a city other than Sofia, the capital. This doesn’t mean there’s nothing interesting to see in Bulgaria. Quite the contrary, cities like Varna are part of the beautiful Black Sea riviera. No need to spend more than $30 a day, and with cheap flights from the UK, you’re sure to find Bulgaria a great bargain. With reasonably priced rooms and transport, enjoying your stay in this country will be filled with rest, relaxation, and unforgettable memories.
Morocco! Doesn’t it just roll off your tongue? The waves certainly roll off the stunning coastline of this North African country. With a beach industry that fully takes advantage of the country’s simultaneous Mediterranean and North Atlantic location, Morocco boasts untouched coasts and sparkling waters. Morocco gives Spain, Egypt and even Italy a run for their money. Apart from the astounding beauty of the place, the affordable cost is an instant edge over competitors. Guesthouses go for as low as $40, while hotel rooms overlooking the endless blue will cost you around $70.You’ll be sure to fill your belly with their colourful cuisine with just $6 per heaping plate!
For budget travellers looking for an intense gastronomic experience, Thailand is the answer! Widely revered for some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, this Southeast Asian country has got diverse cuisine to tickle your tastebuds and delight your inner foodie. The rich culture and variety of sights to see aren’t the only things that contribute to its popularity. The ease of travel and low cost makes it one of the best places to go backpacking. With endless options for beaches like Lonely Beach with $3/night bungalows or Koh Tao’s diving and snorkelling spots, its every tourists dream! Western food is pricy in this Eastern land, so why not experience the local Thai food? You can’t go to Thailand without experiencing authentic Pad Thai!
5. The Philippines
The Philippines is a common vacation spot for those looking to stay within a budget. This unique archipelago in Southeast Asia, offers hundreds of lovely beaches, with white, black, and even pink sand! When it comes to experiencing untouched nature, Palawan is your best bet. This island features an underground river, amazing limestone cliffs and stunning beaches, all set in a land away from the smoke, noise, and bustle of the city. Boracay is another well known tourist destination, known for it’s raves and thriving night life. With room rates within an average range of $15-50 a night, the Philippines’ 7000 or more islands will leave you with unforgettable memories. With the world renowned hospitality of the Filipino culture, you’re sure to feel right at home.
Not everyone is lucky enough to say that they’ve been to one of the 7 Wonders of the World. With such a prestigious title, there’s bound to be an equally high price tag to balance things out. What if we told you you could go see one and still stay within your budget? The Angkor Wat is a temple in Cambodia, and is incidentally one of the 7 Wonders of the World. You could bunk down in the nearest city and take a bike out as the sun rises. Siem Reap for as low as $2 per night, so you’ve got no worries on that front. Nothing beats the natural landscape of Cambodia, and you’ll find your daily woes wiped away as you enjoy this amazing country.
Once the seat of Western civilisation, Greece has taken an economic beating for the past few years. Despite this, it continues to do what it does best- provide a thriving place for tourists from all over the world to enjoy. Whether you’re looking to soak up some sun or immerse yourself in ancient culture, Greece won’t fail to deliver. What with prices dropping in an attempt to spur tourism, you’ve got a chance to explore without burning through your savings. For as little as $12 per person, you can find basic accommodation in Halkidiki, Thassos and Zakynthos. Dinner in a taverna goes for about $10, so you can eat your fill!
2. Gozo, Malta
Anyone with a thirst for travel has dreamt of going on a trip to Europe. The hefty price tag attached this culturally rich continent is something of a downer, though. Today, we’re letting you in on one of Europe’s best kept secrets- Malta. It doesn’t get the same crazy attention heaped upon it, and that leads to some great perks. Lucky travellers who visit Gozo, one of the loveliest islands in Malta, will find the uncrowded beauty it offers quite alluring. With amazing beaches, historic fortifications and churches, you get an authentic European experience devoid of tourist spot prices. Rooms in Gozo go during peak season for about $50 each night- what a steal!
1. Bali, Indonesia
The Balinese have a singular culture that you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Temples like Uluwatu and Tanah Lot are only two of many, all steeped in history and Indonesian culture. Canggu and Kuta Reef cater to the needs of veteran surfers, while beginners and beachcombers can enjoy the mellow swell of Seminyak. While the beauty Bali offers comes with a price- it’s significantly lower than most other tourist-swarmed beach spots. You can find decent private accommodation for about $10 a night in Ubud, the cultural center. Hostels, resorts, hotels, and villas abound, giving you a plethora of options suitable to your needs. Adding to that, the Balinese culture is so welcoming that you’ll want to stay for much longer- and with prices like that, you can!