When you’re thisclose to losing your mind over piles of assignments, never ending meetings and crazy workloads, it’s time you take a breather by going away on vacation. Vacations are sanity-savers, de-stressors and basically, happy pills that you take when things get rough. However, in these financially downtrodden times, sometimes we think twice about going on travel tours. After all, going on a travel tour requires shelling out some of your hard-earned green. Travel and vacation expenses don’t come cheap. We all know that. Planning a trip is almost like having a baby, it’s very expensive. Planning for a trip includes tickets to book, airport fees, and food and sightseeing expenses to budget for. We hate to think of the expenses when planning a trip to say, the Caribbean or Maldives. Don’t pull your hair out just yet, though. While you can’t travel to Europe just yet because of limited funds, there’s hope and you can still go on that much-needed tours without smashing the bank.
It takes a LOT of research, some creativity and loads of resourcefulness to find those places to travel on a budget. There is a treasure trove of vacation destinations out there just waiting for you to discover. Plus, what’s great about these off-the-beaten-path vacays is that they’re unique and you’re guaranteed a truly one-of-a-kind travel experience. So if you’re planning a trip to unwind without withdrawing all your life savings, here are six not-so expensive countries travel agencies recommend:
1. the Dominican Republic
This country is in the Caribbean – home of heavenly stretches of fine sandy beaches and turquoise waters. It’s not as expensive as its neighbors and there’s a variety of things to do. When trip planning to this country, one can go and stay in budget-friendly hostels and inns and even the exclusive villas that are not that expensive. Unlike other countries that only offer tourists one or two things to do such as beachin’ and nature-trippin’, the Dominican Republic has festivals all-year round, which only means a lot of dancin’ and swayin’ to rhumba and jazz and reggae. Food is cheap and tasty as its cuisine has Spanish influences. A lot of specialty restaurants can be found near the resorts so you will never run out of choices. However, not all establishments accept credit cards so it’s better if you can procure Dominican pesos when you arrive.
2. Costa Rica
Explore rain forests, go zip lining atop lush forests and bike around this beautiful tropical Central American country. Costa Rica is one of those lovely countries you can backpack through with only a minimum budget in your pocket and feel like you’ve been to a very expensive paradise. The views are breathtaking and you’re sure to take home some pretty envy-inducing photos. Don your hiking shorts and boots and meet some interesting wildlife in the mountains and when the sun sets, get ready with your bikinis to go night swimming. With the influx of tourists in the past years, prices for accommodation and food have gone up as well, what do they say about supply and demand? People who review hotels mentioned the sky-rocketing prices of some hotels. However, there are still a lot places and resorts and restaurants that offer the not-so expensive fare this country has always been known for. So whether you want to take the rough road around Costa Rica’s topography or live the middle-class high-life, living within your travel means shouldn’t be a problem.
3. the Philippines
This Southeast Asian country has a history and culture that’s rich and evident in century-old churches and ruins that are worth touring. Despite travel warnings in the past years, tourists from all parts of the world still flock to this country aptly called the Pearl of the Pacific. There’s never a shortage of interesting places to visit as this archipelago boasts of 7,107 islands which can be reached either by land or sea, or a combination of both. Going from one fascinating island to the next is not that expensive as there are promo airfares as well as boat fares all year round. The locals are hospitable and the big cities are very cosmopolitan. It’s also like the Dominican Republic where there festivals almost all year round. White-sand beaches are a-plenty if you just want to tan, relax and sizzle, while for those who want to enjoy the Manila nightlife, bars and restaurants litter the major cities in this country’s capital.
Greece is usually associated with steep prices because of the surge in popularity of places like Mykonos and Santorini. However, there are more affordable alternatives available. The island of Ios is a good example. Despite budget constraints, one can still enjoy Greece and its cities, as long as you choose inexpensive hostels and restaurants. Bask in the sunshine on one of its beaches and feel like a true Greek god/goddess. Greece’s pride stems from its fascinating and ancient history so walking and trudging its cobbled roads and reliving their great ancestors’ lives should be well worth enough your expense, right? And it doesn’t even have to be a major expense. Greece travel websites and some travel agents advise tourists on when to visit this beautiful city to avail of bargain fares and accommodation so that should be a real treat. So aside from putting money into your travel savings account, make sure you also check travel advisory and travel tips so you know when to travel to Greece and spend the least amount of money.
The temples and the Taj Mahal… Need we say more? This amazing place, plus the non-expensive food and accommodation make India one of the best places to travel to. Any travel club would suggest India for low-profile travelers as you can always find something affordable to eat and stay in in this country of wonderful colors and love stories. Shop for beautiful saris and sample amazing Indian food. India’s allure probably lies in the exotic beauty of the place and its people. If you’re the type who wants to spend your summer vacation checking out magnificent temples and finding your inner self, then off to India you should be.
Ah, the land of leprechauns, shamrocks and four-leaf clovers. And yes, U2 and the Boyzone Ireland is definitely on the list of where to go to that’s cheap and easy on the budget. It’s probably one of those awesome cities where you can see the glorious sky, splendid rocky terrains and stunning seaview. And the super cute accent of the locals should add plus points, we say. Imagine a travel tour with your friends or family or significant other in a log cabin, atop snowcapped mountains. Or living in a quaint cottage in the middle of green, green fields. But if you’re one to enjoy the party scene, Ireland has a rockin’ nightlife as well. Well, it’s not U2’s country for nothing, yeah?
These are just 6 of the many fun and awesome travel destinations you might want to consider. These won’t burn a hole in your pockets and the experience will be priceless. These places might not be on everyone’s itinerary nor everyone’s top choices for a travel tour but we say go for it. Break a few rules without breaking the bank. What are you waiting for? Start packing!
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