Everybody loves a foreign holiday, right? But most people are afraid of racking up huge expenses on their trip. They worry about all aspects: the flight tickets, the accommodation, costly food, and money for inter-city travel, the list is endless. So they settle for domestic destinations and wistfully tell themselves, “Maybe someday…”
If you think about it, going on a budget holiday is all about clever planning and a few smart budget cuts. Most of your money will be spent on flight tickets and accommodation. Simply solve this problem by booking your tickets early – two months before departure date is ideal – and look up budget hotels or hostels for your stay. You can even negotiate with these establishments for the best price, especially if you’re going during the off season. If you want cheaper air tickets, set up a fare alert with a reputed tour operator for your desired holiday destination. You will be alerted every time fares for the route drop, so you get a good chance to book tickets cheaper.
In fact, the best budget holidays can be enjoyed in the off season. There are fewer crowds everywhere, the places of stay are willing to slash their rates, and the eating places offer discounts as well. Plus, with the money you save you can travel on further, or increase your holiday time in terms of days.
If you want some ideas for where to go, take a look at these recommendations below:
1) Hong Kong
One of China’s best and most modern cities, it has the finest infrastructure and every modern amenity that you would desire. Home to the best shopping spots, dining places and tourist haunts, Hong Kong delights the senses in a heady rush. Plus, you can go to nearby Macau if you want to play at some of the top gambling dens in the world. Be sure to book yourself for a historic tour of Hong Kong.
Your holiday in Singapore can be fun, economical and memorable. It is an island state-country with an extremely welcoming vibe. Tourists flock to Singapore for its budget friendly hotels, scenic vistas (check out Sentosa Island, Gardens By The Bay, Merlion Park and Orchard Road, among many attractions) and huge variety in food
Many destinations in Europe are budget-friendly tourist spots, and you can get a cheaper holiday duringin the off season. All in all, Europe is stunningly beautiful with an unmatched diversity of culture. We recommend visiting Budapest, Prague, Vienna and Bratislava for a fortnight and booking an economical Europe tour package. Your tour operator can also help you with Schengen visa formalities.
Scenic and hospitable Sri Lanka is the go-to destination for tourists hankering after peace and quiet after their whirlwind city lives. It is safe to say that every kilometer in Sri Lanka throws up an unexpected surprise: choose from beaches, wildlife parks, rainforests, shopping bazaars, cinema theatres, cave temples, mountains, botanical gardens and so many more attractions – all on a budget!
Nothing beats Maldives when it comes to water fun and tranquility. You can completely relax and unwind in natural surroundings, and then take a walk around to visit museums, mosques, small islands close by and the most stunning reefs. You can make your holiday even more enjoyable with scuba diving and snorkelling
A luxury holiday to Malaysia will cost you an arm and leg, but you can have an economical holiday which is just as much fun. Take in such famous sights as the National Mosque in Kuala Lampur, Petronas Twin Towers, King’s Palace and the National Monument. Then there are the Batu Caves, Menara, Victoria’s Gallery, and the Kuala Lampur Bird Park.
India’s friendly neighbour to the North is an ideal holiday destination. It combines lush natural beauty with a deep emphasis on spirituality – its many monasteries and overall tranquility transport your weary soul back to a simpler, peaceful time. Check out gorgeous Thimpu and Paro, National Memorial Chorten, Punakha Dzong and the famous Weekend Market, among other attractions.
The glitziest, most exciting city in the Middle East is also a major tourist attraction for its world class architecture and throbbing pulse. There are numerous sights to see in Dubai and so many things to eat, you will need at least a fortnight to experience all its wonders. If you’re on a budget, however, you can book yourself into an AirBnB and get a tour package comprising of all the famous sights: Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium and Jumeirah Public Beach.
Visit Bali for a nice blend of natural beauty, cultural richness and adventure. Stay at a budget hotel or a hostel to save on accommodation costs, and then head out to see such stunning sights as the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Ubud Art Market, Mount Batur and Sunset Tanah Lot, among many other wonderful attractions.
Like Malaysia, Thailand has something for everybody. So whether you’re looking to explore it on foot or zip around in a sports car, you will have the time of your life, for sure! Be sure to check out Pattaya and Bangkok for pure hedonistic pleasure. Then head to Safari World, Jomtein Beach and Nong Nooch Tropical Garden for some family fun. We also recommend The Grand Palace, The Jim Thompson House and Wat Arun, among others.
These islands have long been known for their gorgeous landscapes, beaches and several tourist spots. Check out such scenic spots as Port Louis, Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens, Trou Aux Cerf and Caudan Waterfront. Then there are Champ de Mars and Curepipe to visit and sigh over as well.
This article is originally published on HuffingtonPost