When you're dreaming of foreign shores, it pays to look outside the box towards destinations that offer the culture, beaches or adventures you're seeking, without the hefty price tags. Here are five amazing travel destinations that won't blow the budget in 2020.
Budapest is still one of Europe’s cheapest cities.
If you’re considering Europe, Budapest is still one of the cheapest cities to visit on the continent. While its facade is undeniably grand, delicious food, accommodation and attractions are decidedly inexpensive, as far as capital cities go. Plus, there’s an incredible variety of free things to do. Climb to the top of Gellert Hill to admire panoramic views, stroll up to Castle Hill to see the gardens of the Royal Palace and simply lose yourself along the romantic banks of the Danube.
Can’t really afford a trip to the Caribbean or the Maldives? Those dazzling blue seas, underwater worlds and blinding-white strips of sand await on a budget, in Zanzibar. Laze away the day on the sugary sands of Nungwi Beach and explore the Arabic-style buildings, mysterious alleys and bargain markets in Stone Town. Don’t miss out on a tour of the spice farms, as Zanzibar is one of the world’s largest producers of nutmeg and cinnamon.
Travel costs have been rising in Thailand but it’s still a relatively cheap destination, especially if you give the touristy prices of Phuket a miss this year. Just a few hours away by speed boat, Koh Lanta is made up of several islands, with Koh Lanta Yai as the hub. You’ll find a chilled-out vibe with a range of accommodation from budget-friendly to private villa luxury at a fraction of the cost you’d expect. What is there to do? Snorkelling, island-hopping and cooking classes, but most people simply swim, eat, repeat.
Luxurious surrounds on a budget, in Jaipur.
In terms of bang for your buck, the luxury offered in Rajasthan is straight from a fairytale. The state’s capital city, Jaipur, displays its fascinating royal heritage within the endless buzz of modern-day life. Spend your time visiting the ‘Pink City’s’ top sights, including the Old City, the City Palace and the impressive astronomical instruments at the Jantar Mantar. Stay in a palace, simply because you can.
East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Looking for an alternative to Bali? Why not pop over to the islands of East Nusa Tenggara? You’ll find uncrowded beaches, fantastic surfing, cultural performances and the famous Komodo dragon within this archipelago that includes the islands of Sumba, Timor and Flores. You can fly into the capital city of Kupang, which features fantastic markets for bargain hunters.
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