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If you postpone your traveling due to high prices, you no longer have a valid excuse. There are many destinations in the world that make up for amazing yet inexpensive getaways, you just have to adjust your itinerary.
From economic crisis to currency conversion, some of these countries can be visited for as little as $20 USD per day. The secret for frugal traveling is simple; explore off beaten track countries, travel in shoulder seasons and do your research in order to avoid tourist traps.
Cheap traveling is something that everyone with a desire for adventure can do, therefore, we have selected some of the best destinations for those on a tight budget. So, run while it’s cheap!
If you desire to explore breathtaking sights, eat delicious Fish amok or Khmer red curry, and enjoy a rich culture under the warmest of suns without breaking the bank, then Cambodia is for you! In the country you can have filling meals for less than $3 USD, hotel rooms for under $10 USD and public transportation for around $5 USD.
The country is relatively safe and locals are super friendly. Around the country many attractions can be done for free like visiting the Chroy Changvar Bridge or Phsar Thom Thmei (Central Market) for the best fried insects, mango juice or some serious window shopping.
Financial crisis has made Greece an incredibly cheap destination. Home to some of the most beautiful islands and beaches in the world, and a food to die for, the country pleases all types of tourists for very budget friendly prices. With budget hotels for around $20 USD, Gyros for as little as $3 USD and a lot of nice beaches for free, makes it for a good opportunity to help out in the country’s economy.
Although airfare tickets to the island can get quite pricey, once you arrive at the country you can save some serious dough while having the time of your life. From deliciously cheap street food and accommodations starting for as little as $10 USD per night. You can easily spend an enjoyable day with $40 USD per day or live as a king for $100 USD per day. The country has beautiful cities to be explored such as Chiang Mai or Mae Hong Son for even cheaper prices.
If you love delicious meat, flavorful wines, lively nightlife and breathtaking sights, then Argentina is the best option for you. Enjoy the scenic Patagonia, dance the traditional tango in some of the local Milongas, for very budget friendly prices. The economic depression has hit the country hard, therefore prices are more affordable than ever before. You can easily spend a pleasant day with only $50 USD in your pocket.
Vietnam is also a great option for those who would like to travel to an exotic yet affordable destination. You can spend a nice day of sightseeing, eating delicious local food and drinking reasonably for around $20 USD per day. For organized excursions such as touring the Cu Chi tunnels you can expect to pay $7 USD. Halong Bay tours from Hanoi start at $25 USD for two-day trips and increase exponentially from there.
2. Bulgaria/ Ukraine/ Romania
If you envision an Eurotrip on a budget, you should dodge the pricey western countries and flock to the pocket friendly east. These countries can be thoroughly enjoyed for as little as $50 USD a day. Eating tasty local food for around $5 USD, beer for $1.50 USD and accommodation for around $8 USD, you can have the time of your life on a tight budget.
With a lively night scene, natural and cultural beauties and especially with its friendly locals, Hungary makes one of the best and cheapest places to explore around the world. Enjoy the local market food for as little as $5 USD, transportation for $1 USD, and hotels for around $25 USD per night, Hungary is one of our favorite places in Europe for a cheap yet incredible vacation.
If you would like more information about these and other countries, please let us know on the comments below!
Who hasn’t heard about the iconic cities in Europe? From the romantic Paris, to the hip Berlin to the open-minded Amsterdam, all of these cities are usually a top priority when planning an Eurotrip.
The old continent is an endless source of culture, art, food and landmarks which are not necessarily restricted to big cities. Furthermore, their outstanding attractions have been incessantly milked to the bone for the sake of tourism, causing them to lose a bit of the flair that made them so iconic to begin with.
We have selected some of our favorite tourist dodging alternatives, which will certainly provide you with a genuine insight on the people and culture of these particular countries.
The city house of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, Strasbourg is a city famed by their traditional Christmas markets, the Cathédral de Nôtre Dame, which is the tallest medieval building in Europe, and their astrological clock.
Petite France with its scenic views and photogenic atmosphere is a great option for an inspiring afternoon. Do not forget to eat their tarte à l’oignon or the world famous quiche Lorraine.
The historic yet modern city is a great destination for those who want to experience the real German lifestyle yet enjoy what a big city has to offer. Cologne is sprawled across the river Rhine, and offers over 2,000 years of history, for a cultural and exciting getaway.
You can start your expedition at the Cologne cathedral, one of the most visited landmarks in Germany, as it is the biggest in the world. Walk around the Padlock Bridge, where lovers lock their love with padlocks in every shape and size, festooned with ribbons and gems stretching from one side of the bridge to the other. Spend your afternoon immersing yourself in the arts of the many museums, and cease the day sipping the deliciously local Kölsh.
The stunning fishing villages are a great location, if eating locally grown wine, cheese, pasta, seafood and homemade bread sounds like a plan.
Among its hidden gems you can find a century-old complex of hiking paths which offer some of Italy’s beautiful coastal views. The Blue Trail connects all five villages and is a great attraction for the whole family. Enjoy the view of green hills that make up the Terre National Park while sipping on delicious wine in the terraces dating back to hundreds of years.
It is a great option for a tourist dodging day, the city has a lot to offer from beautiful canals to the relaxing parks. Visit the Dom Tower to experience a panoramic view of the city as well as learning about the origin of the square with the same name. Enjoy a night out in the many brown bars or visit some of the many museums the city has to offer.
3. Bristol, UK
Bristol is a city that has been getting a lot of attention lately, from its environmental friendly fame to the many museums available in the city, the place has a large variety of options for a pleasant weekend.
You can visit the flagship museum to get some insight on the roots of the city. Visit the Bristol cathedral for a taste of medieval architecture and after climb up the Brandon Hill on a clear day for a spectacular view of the city, as well a small nature reserve,ponds and informal gardens. Do not forget to shop at St Nicholas Market on Corn Street for clothes, candles or books.
Visit the picture perfect Bruges for a very romantic weekend. Enjoy the scenery of a city which could possibly be the background of a fairy tale. Walk around the historic center for the beautiful architecture or the Markt if you’ve had enough of the peace and quiet.
If you prefer some shopping you should flock to Belfry and Market Halls, which was a bustling marketplace presided over by a gothic bell tower. Today you can hear the echoing chimes of the carillon bells or check the view on the tower’s top. Don’t forget to taste one of the best beer, fries and chocolate in the world.
The city, which is the third largest in Spain, is located in the Gulf of Valencia and close to Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza. With breathtaking architecture, blue skies and amazing cathedrals, it make a perfect destination for those who crave for culture. The city sports many museums and galleries and very lively plazas. Drink some sangria and eat your way through the city.
Technology has made traveling easier than ever before. Nowadays, with the availability of many online tools, the avoidance of holidays’ mishaps is only a few clicks away. We have all the information at our reach, therefore we are now able to make consistent decisions regarding any sort of bookings.
There is also a downside to these platforms. Some in the travel industry are striking back(even legally) against these review websites. Claiming that they still enable reviews which are false or damaging to their businesses, as most of these websites still allow people to rate hotels anonymously.
We believe that hotel reviewing is a positive tool, if used wisely. Now, people can definitely foresee their purchases and make sure that they will get what they are paying for. It is important to be an avid participant of these tools, especially if you are a frequent traveler. However, it is also important to know how to do it well, how to actually contribute to the world with your comments.We have selected a couple of tips for your hotel reviews, and how it can work effectively in not exclusively penalizing hotels, but in providing constructive criticism.
When do I write a review?
A British couple was invited to leave a Blackpool’s resort due to a negative review online. It is something that we should keep in mind. It is never a smart idea to write a negative review while you are still staying at a hotel. Wait until you leave or get the reimbursement (if applicable) before you write. Even when angry at some bad aspects of the hotel, try to hold on for a few days, until you get your cool back and you are able to provide an analytic and factual review.
What do I write?
Images speak louder than words, take pictures! Try to get evidence before ranting on one of these review platforms. However, take in consideration the willingness of the hotel to assist you after learning about your complaints.
Don’t hold a grudge until you have to check out of the hotel! As soon as the problem is spotted, talk to management in order to find a satisfactory solution.
Most importantly,write a factual piece of text, provide room number, hours and specifics about the problem in question. This will be a deal breaker for other travelers, as your review will sound more credible and less like a spoiled brat’s tantrum.
Beware of false reviews
It is not an uncommon practice to get influenced by false reviews posted by the hotels themselves or by competitors. Be extremely suspicious of reviews that sound too good or too bad to be true. Dodge comments fueled with superlatives and shallow complaints. Use common sense and your gut feeling before booking.
Also look for a consistent flow in all reviews. If many people are complaining about the same things, those are more likely to be true. However, if there’s a discrepancy in some of the posts, red flag!
People’s perceptions of comfort are very different. While some people might complain that the hotel does not offer a pool or ice-makers, this could be irrelevant for you as a traveler. Read a couple of reviews before you reach your verdict. Focus on people that have been to the hotel with the same purpose as you ( ex: business, backpacking, family…).
Hotels strike back
Hotels are striking back . As an example, a hotel in Quebec has sued one of its guests, when he wrote a less than flattering review on TripAdvisor. The guest complained about bed bugs and the hotel’s little interest in trying to solve the problem. He was sued for USD 950,000 for damage and lost profits.
The lesson we take from these different situations is that we should focus our reviews not only on the problems but also in the solution. Maintain the posts as factual as possible. Don’t hang on to small details but also in the overall stay experience. Mention good things in the hotels you stayed as well. The front desk clerk maybe rude but the cleaning lady made nice animals with your towels.
And finally take notice if the hotel has been refurbished or if comments have substantially improved. It is also important to believe that places learn from their mistakes, reflecting in the bettering of their services.