It’s often said that the memories you get from traveling are priceless. Yet for most people, it costs a lot of money to reach those priceless experiences—especially if you travel with the entire family. This year, however, there are a number of popular destinations that you can travel to without destroying your piggy bank. Take a look at the list below.
Vietnam often appears on lists of the top budget-friendly traveling destinations. When most travelers visit Vietnam they stick to the southern areas of the country. Yet the northern area of the country around Hanoi, should not be overlooked. In 2010 Hanoi marked 1000 years of existence and features numerous cultural landmarks. If you really want to travel cheaply while in the country, you should consider renting a motorcycle.
In 2012 Kyrgyzstan created a law that permits many international travelers to visit the country visa-free for up to 60 days. Bishkek is the country’s capital, and it’s surrounded by natural beauty. It’s very cheap to stay in the city and dining is inexpensive as well. English is not widely spoken in Kyrgyzstan, so it’s a good idea to learn some basic Russian and Kyrgyz words.
Each year Lisbon seems to become an even more popular travel destination. Portugal is known for its exquisite coffee, so don’t leave the country without drinking some café. Lison tends to be cheaper than some other European destinations. Staying in a hostel is one of the best ways to save money during your trip. Many travelers agree that spring is the best time to visit the city. Visit Portugal’s tourism site to learn about some of the top activities to do while visiting the city.
Seoul, South Korea
South Korea has a reputation for being friendly to the US dollar. If you plan to visit, you should start with Seoul, the country’s capital and largest city. The city is home to delicious Korean BBQ, the largest underground shopping mall in the world, and tons of free WiFi. When you visit make sure you visit Gyeongbok Palace to get a taste of the country’s royal past.
If you want to visit Greece on a budget, Crete is your best option. You’ll find many beaches, bars, and restaurants on the island. Crete is much more affordable than Athens Santorini and has a lot to offer travelers. Lonely Planet has a great overview of Crete that is definitely worth reading. One of Crete’s most famous destinations is the Palace of Malia, an archaeological site that’s a must-visit for every traveler.