Every year is a new opportunity to discover a new part of the world. When money is tight, however, it might seem like the world’s most exotic and exciting destinations are out of reach. But you couldn’t be more wrong. Here are just some places you can discover in 2016 without going bankrupt:
Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam
According to the Price of Travel’s Index, which ranks various Asian cities by price, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi grab the second and third spots respectively when it comes to value-for-money destinations. So now is the time to get to know these two Southeast Asian cosmopolitan hubs: wander through their timeless alleys, bargain endless at local markets and get to know the incredible people who are pushing Vietnam forward. You can do all of this and more while spending less than $20 USD a day.
The Balkans are turning traveling to Europe into an affordable reality again. While the whole region itself is worth a visit, Albania is arguably the country that best combines stunning white sand beaches with ancient castles and excellent opportunities for mountain trekking. And it’s your cheapest option as well!
If you’re looking for a more under-the-radar destination that will allow you to relax and explore without the bothersome crowds of tourists, Timor-Leste (formerly known as East Timor) is your best option. With bargain beach lodges and welcoming homestays in the countryside, Asia’s newest country is the place to go for an untouched (and rather bumpy) journey to discover what the rest of the world has been missing out on.
Many travel to Africa to experience an adventurous safari – and nowhere on the continent is that more affordable than in Namibia. Africa’s best kept secret, Namibia is home to Etosha National Park which allows for self-drive safaris through more than 30 watering holes where you will be able to spot giraffes, rhinos, elephants, lions and more. You can spend the night within the park starting from just $65 USD per night.
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Many words have been used to describe Ashgabat: eccentric, absurd and bizarre are just some. And the Turkmenistan capital is truly a one-of-a-kind destination. Set between the Karakum Desert and the Kopet Dang mountain range, the city showcases lavish marble palaces, perfectly groomed gardens and gleaming gold domes. It might be tricky to get a tourist visa, but if you manage to be approved, you’ll have the chance to visit one of the world’s strangest places at an incredibly affordable fare.