Destinations that take your money further
Depending on where you’re going, if you plan your trip well and take into account seasonal (peak and off peak) considerations, there’s always scope to save some money while travelling. And don’t be put off with the cost of the airfares to get to some of countries – when you get there, you may find that you won’t have to spend much to have a good time.
Some countries and regions like Europe are considered expensive, and they can be if you travel to the locations most travelled. But if you look beyond those popular locations, you may be able to experience a very similar type of holiday, but without the high costs associated with such locations. For example, the Amalfi Coast and Venice in Italy can be expensive to visit, but if you go south to the lessor known places like Basilicata, Puglia and Calabria, you’ll get less crowds, cheaper prices, but you’re still in Italy!
The inclusions that cruises offer – accommodation, transport, food, and on board activities makes cruising a great choice for a budget holiday. You pay for everything upfront, and if you’re not tempted to spend at the casino, shops, shore excursions or alcohol, you won’t need to reach for your wallet at all.
South East Asia: Thailand (North), Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia (inland) and Cambodia.
A very popular destination area for Australians not only because the exchange rates are so favourable, everything’s so cheap to start off with and it’s a shorter plane ride (with lots of budget airlines vying for your patronage), but also because you get to experience a totally different culture. Cambodia is one of the poorest, but also one of the cheapest of the SE Asian countries, and boasts the vast Angkor Wat ruins and beautiful beaches. Keep away from the more popular locations and you’ll save even more!
Central America: El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala
Jungle trekking, volcanoes, ancient ruins and surfing – are all on offer for low prices (almost as good as SE Asia) in these small Central American countries. They haven’t had very good press in previous years, and the government’s smarttraveller website recommends that travellers ‘’Exercise a high degree of caution’’ when travelling there, but if you keep away from the bad neighbourhoods and act and travel responsibly, you shouldn’t have a problem.
Eastern, Eastern Europe: Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, the Balkans
Breathe in the history in these lessor known Eastern European countries through their architecture, castles, natural wonders, modern lifestyles and cheaper prices. You’ll get the same European experience, but definitely more value and less crowds than the more popular European countries.
Countries in economic difficulties
Greece, Spain and Portugal have experienced financial difficulties in the past few years, but that hasn’t diminished their attractions. To lure travellers back, these countries are offering great travel and accommodation deals. So what better way to have a great cheap holiday with fewer crowds at the island beaches, ancient ruins and museums and at the same time help to pump some money back into their economy?
South Pacific Islands
Not as cheap as SE Asia, but still good value if you want to spend a few days in a tropical paradise. If you don’t want to laze around the beautiful beaches, there are loads of other things to do, and a visit the local villages to experience the culture is just one of them!