Got itchy feet but don’t want to break the bank? Here are 10 destinations where you’ll find you’ll be able to make your money go further.
1. East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
This often overlooked region of Indonesia rewards those who hit Bali and keep going – and going. These islands are home to pristine beaches that are quieter than those further west, and one of Indonesia’s best diving scenes can be found on the Alor Archipelago.
2. Budapeset, Hungary
Of all the grand dames of Central Europe, Budapest is one of the most rewarding on your pocket, while serving up highlights memorable enough to rank high on continental explorers’ lists of big hitters.
3. Madya Pradesh, India
There’s wildlife spotting with a difference in this state of India. The first difference is the price – wildlife-spotting excursions come with a far lower cost than in Africa.
4. Buffalo, NY, USA
Buffalo’s resurgence continues. Plan a visit now to take advantage of expanding budget air routes and a fast growing hotel and restaurant scene.
Azerbaijan is a near-unique destination with a low visiting cost for the quality of accommodation, food and experiences on offer.
What’s this? An authentic, characterful European country, rewarding slow exploration and barely discovered by travellers? Serbia can’t even be said to have been hiding away – it’s capital, Belgrade, has for centuries been one of the continent’s great crossroads.
Tunisia is a wonderful place to first dip your toes into North Africa at a reasonable cost. While Morocco offers a similar instant immersion, Tunisia’s efforts to win back visitors means that it offers terrific value and also shines a light on what makes the country unique.
8. Cape Winelands, South Africa
South Africa is a regular fixture in lists of places that offer a friendly exchange rate for those looking for world-class safaris and other wildlife spotting, but there’s so much more to the country than Kruger and other reserves.
9. Athens, Greece
The best things in Athens are free. Yes, the simply wondrous Acropolis Museum charges a modest fee, but you can gawp at the Parthenon itself from various vantage points for nothing. In fact, admiring the glowing Acropolis at night is one of the most magical experiences in Europe, let alone Greece.
10. Zanziber, Tanzania
Such is the evocative nature of the word ‘Zanzibar’ that there’s anticipation of adventure before you’ve even landed. And if arriving on the ferry from mainland Tanzania, you’ll get an unusual internal passport stamp: bonus! Two passport stamps for the price of one.