Top 10 cheapest holiday destinations in 2018
If the Caribbean looks like a dream, think again! You may pay more for tickets, but the cost of living is incomparably cheaper if you know where to go. See the top 10 cheapest holiday destinations in 2018 that offer unforgettable experiences without emptying your wallet.
Vietnam is not accidentally in the top of our list of top cheap destinations. With the neighboring Thailand being hit by over-tourism, Vietnam is steadily rising to the preferences of tourists heading south-east Asia to enjoy exotic beaches, mythical temples and authentic Asian flavors. In the capital of Hanoi, in the north of the country, you will admire the remnants of French colonial architecture and drink thick egg with about 1.5 € on one of the picturesque cafes in the streets around Lake Hohn. You will taste delicious Vietnamese street food, such as nudels Phön soup, children’s chairs spread out on the sidewalks, among locals and artists who sing karaoke with a portable audio system! The famous local beer costs only a few cents here, and you will find a hostel bed for under 6 €.
The best deal, however, is probably offered by Phu Quoc, a green Vietnamese island in the Gulf of Thailand. Follow fashion here and rent a motorbike to go to the distant beaches and waterfalls on the island with less than 4 € a day.
As you would have already realized we are huge fans of Morocco. It can be a luxury travel destination but also it can be one of the cheapest countries to backpack. From the bustling markets of Marrakech to the tangled cafes of Tangier and the Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains, cosmopolitan Morocco is full of tastes and colors that full the senses. Train trips here are trusted and economical – the seven-hour trip to Fes from Marrakech will cost you less than 30 €. The double room with a breakfast in a lovely traditional ryad in the city’s heart can cost you just 25 €. The atmosphere in medieval souks is just fabulous and the street food is delicious. Discover the seaside Esaouira, from € 7 with bus from Marrakech , where you can have relaxing walks alongside the traditional blue boats. If you are staying in a rented apartment with a kitchen, it is best to buy fresh fish directly from a fisherman, since in restaurants you can pay it much more expensive.
With the Turkish pound at extremely low levels this year, holidays in neighboring Turkey are more appealing. Especially in areas such as Antalya, in the so-called Turkish Riviera, the summer lasts until mid-autumn, and despite some rainfall the temperature reaches 25 degrees. Ideally, rent a car and head to the peaceful seaside village of Çıralı, about 65 km from the airport.
You can stay in a tree house on the beach from 18 € per person with breakfast. Visit the adventurous archaeological site of Olympus, next to the beach, towards 4.50 € per person and sip pomegranate juice in the hammocks under the trees. Especially in October, we highly recommend a road trip along the coast to the dream lagoon of Ölüdeniz – where it becomes unbreakable in the summer, but at the end of the season you will swim in absolute tranquility alongside the sea turtles Caretta Caretta at very advantageous prices. For adventures in the streets, try the natural “pools” of the Pamukkale travertine, but also Cappadocia, in central Anatolia, with the alpine volcanic “chimneys”. According to thebrokebackpacker in Cappadocia you can survive with just a sleeping bag. This is awesome!
4. Lanzarote, Canary Islands
The fourth largest island of the Canary Islands, a few hundred kilometers from the Northwest coast, combines over 200 km of coastline, groundbreaking art and unique volcanic landscapes in an economic package that is accompanied by sunshine all year round. Renting a car here costs from 7-16 € per day, depending on the season – and you will travel to La Geria’s volcanic ash covered vineyards, admire the waves that crawl in the Los Hervideros caves, you will dive into the crystal clear waters of El Papagayo and cross the space landscape of the Timanfaya National Park.
To enter the impressive house of the famous local artist César Manrique, where architecture is shaped by lavas, will cost you 8 €, but you will also find several incredible outdoor galleries to browse for free. In Lanzarote surfing is a big deal, and in villages like Caleta de Famara you will find schools like Lanzasurf, which offer surf fitness courses for 10 € and stay in the modern apartments next to the beach from 20 € per person.
Europe in general is expensive, but there are some undiscovered diamonds and Lithuania is one of the best inexpensive places to travel in Europe. On the most upscale and economic destinations of Europe, Lithuania, and more specifically, the capital Vilnius will give you one of the best reasons for short escapes. With cheap air flights with Ryanair and Aegean, you will admire a collection of Baroque, Neoclassical, Gothic and Renaissance buildings in the old town cobblestone streets.
Go to the opposite side of the river, in the Užupis neighborhood, to have some coffee in a bohemian style cafe. There you will find a variety of local beers to 2.5 € 0.5L, and Lithuanian dumplings didžkukuliai to 4 € in hospitable pubs like Šnekutis. Other Lithuanian cities such as Kaunas have a great interest, while heading for the beautiful Nidas for something completely different, where you will walk the dunes of Kouroniani Ammos, separating the Baltic Sea from the Krononian lagoon. Discover also Klaipeda, and other 9 fairy-tale cities in Eastern Europe for a few short trips.
Although air fares cost, Mexico is one of the most beautiful places to visit for cheap. There are plenty of cheap solutions for visitors who want to explore Latin America. In Mexico City you will wander in historic neighborhoods such as Coyoacán, which has an impressive variety of cafes, a local market to barter souvenir prices, inexpensive street food as authentic tostadas, and amazing museums like the pre-Columbian art of Anahuacalli, with only 4 € per entry.
According to goatsontheroad another advantage of visiting Mexico these days, is the struggling peso that if we added to the already affordable cost of living makes the perfect cheap destination!
Accommodation, food and beverages remain inexpensive and rich in color and history. Oaxaca, a city full of cultural and gastronomic delights. If there is no cenote (underground lake) on the track you are traveling, head to the beach side. In Puerto Escondido and sandy beaches such as Carrizalillo. If you are interested in Mexico’s culture don’t miss the opportunity to travel there while they celebrate the day of the dead. Spooky but authentic, right?
Starting from the incredibly cheap airfare – you can find under 40 € in July – Bulgaria is next – and combines summer and winter pleasures. You will find very affordable holiday packages from the Black sea resorts to the ski resorts like Bansko. The capital Sofia is full of museums and cultural monuments such as the Cathedral, while modern restaurants such as Aubergine gourmet seafood dishes will cost you 6-9 € and a large glass of homemade beer 2.5 €.
Visit also historic cities such as Philippines – the European Capital of Culture for 2019 – combining must-see attractions such as the atmospheric Roman Amphitheater, and active nightlife.
8. South Africa
A country with exciting modern history, lively music festivals, good local wine, dream-like road trips next to the waves – and, of course, affordable prices make South Africa one of the top value-for-money destinations. If you do well with the hostel and you love walking in nature you can spend here less than 30 € a day. The emblematic Trapezoid Mountain reigns over Cape Town and offers breathtaking views and abundant activities in the homonymous National Park – such as the search for African penguins in Boulders Beach!
You can travel almost everywhere in the city with mini bus – a naughty but authentic and efficient way of transport that will cost you from € 0.40-1.20. It also deserves a visit to the historical monuments of Robben Island, such as Nelson Mandela’s cell, which will cost you about 21 €. On the other hand, the all-day safari at Hluhluwe Umfolozi, near the Swaziland border, will cost you around € 62 with breakfast and lunch, including coffee and soft drinks. If you dream to do safari once in your life, here you will find some of the best deals.
9. Dominican Republic
Friendly residents, white sandy beaches surrounded by palm trees, lush tropical forests and dances in the meringue rhythms offer enchanting moments here – from couples to ecotourism fans. Taste authentic rum or popular Presidente local beer on one of the beach bars next to the waves, and enjoy rich Dominican flavors for 3.50-5 €.
Discover the Ciudad Colonial in Santo Domingo, with colonial architecture dating back to the 16th century, or get lost in the mangrove forests and the nature of Cape Samana. You can stay in a comfortable studio for two with kitchen and balcony in hotels like De Luz, for excursions to the paradise El Limón and elsewhere on the peninsula, under 30 €.
Although good hotels, or shopping in cities like New Delhi and Mumbai will cost you more if you do not look for it, the vast India continues to attract travelers with budget and remains one of the cheapest countries to backpack! Street food is always cheap and affordable, on the stalls and the most economical hangouts of Chaupati beach in Mumbai will cost you 3-7.5 €. Popular Goa beaches, such as Palolem, remain a good choice, but if you go north to Agonda you will find even better offers for your stay. The Galaxys Beachhuts Hotel, with charming palm-shadow chalets overlooking the ocean, costs some 28 € a night in high season.