Budget travelers are sure to enjoy locations where they do and experience plenty of local sights, tastes and visits without spending through the nose. There are indeed such locations, even among cities that you might have thought way out of your budget range.
1. Taiwan – You’ll find attractive value for money here but be sure to check out cities that do offer it. Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong have practical budget friendly areas but for the most savings head on over to Taipei. Homestays and dorm beds are plenty and cheap, in addition to being wonderful and comfortable. Veritably islands, Taipei’s national forests and parks open you to a world of camping possibilities. Fast and modernized railway lines come with standard prices, which are quite cheap. Many of Taipei’s attractions and temples are cost effective and so are their museums, meaning you can be part of the history and culture of this amazing city and pay much less than you would in more high-end cities of China. Dumplings from street stalls come cheap and delicious, rounding up your experience of sheer affordability. Don’t forget to grab a pitcher of Taiwanese beer for NT$120 (US$4). It’s cheaper from grocery stores.
2. Uruguay – Brazil buzzed with travel-hungry tourists who came to partake of the World Cup. In comparison, Uruguay may not have been the hub for a global football event but its way cheaper. You’ll find better value on short trips into South America’s very own affordable city. Montevideo’s sensational beach scene is something worth visiting. The steaks are to die for, they’re so yummy. If you visit at peak time, the costs are sure to soar but Uruguay is still comparatively inexpensive than most other South American states. The riverside town of Fray Bentos is a must-see. The name might be familiar because it belonged to a former world-famous beef processor. The factory has long since been turned into an artful museum filled with Brazilian culture.
3. Romania – Eastern European nations often make it onto lists of affordable holiday destinations, and Romania is a shining example of such inexpensive travel. It’s connected to the rest of Europe through myriad budget airlines. Compared to high-end destinations in the region, Romania’s accomodations are cheap and alluring. Bucharest has superb hotels that cater to the corporate crowd during holiday seasons, meaning you’ll find a small tourist crowd here at the time. Nearby are budget-conscious stays in medieval villages. You can explore castles at low cost or take a ride on the Danube delta for a small ferry fee. Maxitaxis or private vans are the cheapest mode of travel. Buses and minivans are also available, helping you save transportation costs all round.
4. Portugal – The Algarve region is the place of note, because the prices are more than affordable compared to other European resort areas. As surfing regions go, these are family-friendly with amazing seaside views. Lisbon is a hip and happening place and is somehow cheaper than Barcelona even though it exposes tourists to a culture and experience just as rich. Low-cost airline Ryanair is set to open here, making travel fare cheaper. If you visit locations that are off the common tourist trail, you can indeed save more money. Tram 28 gives you a tour of the whole city of Lisbon, including the Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Alfama district; you only pay €2.85 for it.