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9 Budget Travel Destinations

Updated on March 12, 2019
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Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology

Cutting travel costs

The Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, Machu Picchu, the Roman Coliseum and many other fantastic travel locations may be out of the reach of the common traveling manor family. Unfortunately not every tourist is a Daddy Warbucks or internet billionaire, so they do not get to visit such ideal and luxurious locations.

Who wouldn’t want to go see the Easter Island heads, or the Temple of the Sun and other historical sights in such exotic locations? A lot people would yet their budgets or bank accounts just do not allow them to be so extravagant in their travel plans.

What follows is a guide to some of the destinations you can visit and still remain in your budget.

Good Old America

If you want to travel to some American sights, then these next three places would fit your plans quite comfortably.

  1. Yellowstone National Park—Who wouldn’t want to see the buffalo roam or see Old faithful pew its geyser to the sky? A small entrance fee keeps this location in anyone’s budget and the hiking or ski trails along with the beautiful views will be worth the cost of admittance. There is a lot to see in Yellowstone, too much to list here and the surrounding towns can always provide great hotel rates and food costs.
  2. Yosemite national Park—Ansel Adams and his photography made this park famous with his wonderful black and photos of the surrounding beauty. This is a great place to unwind and get rid of any stress and you do not have to worry about high hotel rates as a tent would suffice. If you like roughing it, this is the place to go. Don’t forget to pack some great camping food that can be roasted over the campfire.
  3. Nashville—Why would anyone want to go to Nashville? Well its ports some of the cheapest hotel rates in Southern America and if you like country music and bar-b-qs then this is our ideal destination. Rediscover your country music roots by seeing a few live bands

Try Canada

Then if you want to get out of America but do not want to leave North America, then a trip to Canada might be in order. With the exchange rate the way it is, this country may be a great way to see great sights and stay within one’s budget.

  1. The Columbia Ice fFelds—If you haven’t seen a glacier then this is the closest one to the American border. Found high up in the Canadian Rockies this glacier is shrinking so you will want to hurry and see it before it is gone. There are great hidden Canadian cities you can visit as you travel north as well as a lot of friendly Canadians to make this a very memorable vacation
  2. The Rockies in General—Even a drive through the Canadian Rockies will provide a great budget destination as they provide beautiful scenery, rushing rivers and wild animals which will cross the road when you least expect it. To make this trip better, you can make stops at Banff and Lake Louise, two great crowd pleasers. You can also pack a tent to save money and avoid hotels until you need one. Buying your own camping food is another way to save on this trip
  3. Niagara Falls—You may think this may not be a budget destination but it can be if you find the right motels to stay at and drive to both New York and Canada to see them. You really do not have to cross the border to see all the falls but if you want a complete vacation experience then you should travel to the Canadian side and see the falls from an international point of view.

Outside of North America

Then for those who think a budget destination should include a trip outside of the North American continent then the following international destinations may be for you. Make sure you contact a good travel company to help you with passports and visas as well as provide you with some low cost budget tours.

  1. Lisbon, Portugal—Filled with history, museums, a night life and cafes to watch the world slip by. You can get budget hotel rooms for around $30 making this one of the cheaper destinations in Europe to travel to. The character of the city will make you fall in love with it. If you drive in Portugal not only will you need an international license but you should travel off the main roads to get the full flavor of what that city and country have to offer.
  2. Vietnam—It is not the disgraced out of bounds for tourists country that it once was. Along with its cheap food you can find a budget pace to stay that won’t be hard on your wallet. Speaking of food, there is a cheap 20 dollar food tour through the streets of Hanoi that may whet and satisfy your appetite. Again, look to your travel agent to help you find the right travel package for you that will keep this a great budget destination.
  3. Costa Rica—If you want to travel on a shoe string budget then consider this country as your choice. This country offers some great national parks with small entrance fees and you will be able to walk and interact with the wildlife. Food can be found for as little as $2 or $3 and quaint places to stay along the beach runaround $6 making this a great budget destination for the cost wary traveller.

Some final comments

As it is with any list, better deals may and can be found but these suggestions start your mind and vacation investigation off on the right root. The options for finding a budget destination are innumerable ad you will find one that suits your preferences and bank account.

It is just a matter of deciding where you want to go and how much you want to spend on airfare, driving costs, food and hotel rates. Your travel agent will be glad to help you pick the right spot to go on your next vacation and fill you in on all the details you need in order for you to be prepared for any travel problem or situation that may arise.

They may be able to package them all into one neat cost efficient tour that will save you even more money. The sky is the limit when you are looking for a budget travel destination and when you sit down to decide where you want to go don’t forget to include some of your children’s ideas as they would not want to be bored going to adult only sights.

© 2019 David Thiessen


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    • david tee profile imageAUTHOR

      David Thiessen 

      2 years ago from Philippines

      I had a friend and co-worker go to Vietnam and he said that he was inundated with child beggars. Sad to hear about as some people in this country also uses child beggars to make money.

      Both places are cheap to live and travel in. Thanks for your comments

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      I can vouch for Lisbon as being a great destination. Porto also is well worth a visit. If it's sun, sand, sea and a dramatic coastline you like, then I would recommend the Algarve. In our view, Portugal is one of the most reasonable west European countries to stay in.


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