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8 AffordableTravel Destinations For Those On A Budget

Updated on March 5, 2019

While the internet is littered with seemingly endless resources related to budget travel, it helps to know some of the best budget-friendly destinations before-hand. Just by knowing the cheapest places to visit all year round, you can get the most out of your money and therefore your travel experience.

What follows are 8 amazing places that are both affordable and practical to visit whilst still offering up a unique experience filled with great local cuisine, mysterious cultures and traditions and most importantly of all; a relaxing and authentic holiday experience.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul has a rich and diverse history stretching back almost three thousand years. This ancient city was once named Constantinople and from there Roman Emperors ruled one of the largest and longest-living empires to ever have existed. Unsuprisingly then, Istanbul is filled with hidden historical gems and important, staggeringly beautiful architecture, from the famed Hagia Sophia to the Tokapi Mosque.

Istanbul has more than history to offer; visitors will be able to soak up the vibrant Turkish culture during their stay as well as being able to sample the world-famed food of the region.

Porto, Portugal

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon and has rapidly become a trending tourist destination for those wishing to travel on a budget. With easy access to some of Europe's most picturesque beaches and some of the best cuisine in the region, Porto is a must visit for anyone looking to traverse Western Europe.

Krakow, Poland

Poland is a country full of picturesque towns and cities, and Krakow is arguably the most beautiful. With a long history dating back to the 7th century, Krakow was the one-time capital of the Polish Empire up until its replacement by Warsaw later on.

Visitors to Krakow will enjoy, apart from the extremely low prices on everything, a stay in one of Europe's most distinctive cities. Those who do eventually go there must sample a wide variety of the Polish local food, as it is highly regarded throughout Europe.


Prague is a small, unassuming city straddling the banks of the Vltava River. Having remained unchanged since the end of the medieval period, Prague is a wonderful mix of modern and baroque influences.

Taking a wander through its narrow, cobbled streets allows visitors to see the charming Old Quarter, impressive gothic architecture, most notably seen in the large, brooding churches that are scattered around the city. Prague also plays host to the intricately designed Astronomical Clock that is famed world-wide for not only showing the time, but the relative positions of the planets as they orbit the sun.

Taking into account that all of this can be achieved on an extremely low budget cements Prague's place on this list of the best places to travel.

Cape Town, South Africa

Nestled between the frigid waters of the Atlantic and the baking heat of the African continent's interior, Cape Town and indeed the rest of South Africa is an ideal holiday destination for anyone who wants to get the most out of their money.

With the hcance to see some of Africa's famed wildlife, from the famous lions and elephants to the great white sharks and blue whales that can be seen off the coast, South Africa plays host to some of the most impressive biospheres on the planet.

If nature is not your thing, Cape Town is also a thriving, bustling community where one can sample exotic dishes and experience vibrant African art and music. Cape Town also contains some of the best nightlife in southern Africa. Definitely a place to visit.

Boracay Island, the Philippines

The Boracay Islands in the Philippines have been a longtime favorite of travelers because of its white sand beaches, clear blue waters, and budget-friendly activities.

Snorkeling is a must-do activity for spotting marine life. Try parasailing as well if you’re adventurous and don’t miss out on the scenic sunsets.

The Boracay Islands of the Philippines have been a favorite destination for travelers since the first time outsiders set eyes on their pristine shores. There is nothing to not love about the Boracay Islands. With white sand beaches, ocean waters bursting with life and a tropical setting, the islands are the perfect place to kick back and relax at extremely affordable prices.

Enjoy the wide variety of delicious Philippine food, dive in the crystal clear waters to see a startling variety of fish, coral and other sea creatures, or just laze on the beaches all day, sheltering under the breezy fronds of palm trees.

Barcelona, Spain

The Catalonian capital of Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain which is itself one of the cheapest holiday destinations in Europe. This doesn't mean that a trip to Spain is not worth it; far from it.

Visitors to Barcelona will be able to partake in the spicy nightlife of this famed city whilst at the same time being surrounded by the feisty Spanish culture. Enjoy yourself by gorging on paella, learning to dance the salsa, spend your time at one of the cities many tapas bars or just spend the days on the beach, sunning yourself in one of the true paradises of Europe.


Since the 1950s, when Southeast Asia first began to become popular with Western tourists, Cambodia has been a popular backpacking destination. This is a result of the country's welcoming attitude towards tourists, the balmy and tropical climate and the simple fact that it is extremely cheap - everything from food to accommodation is all readily affordable.


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