We all suffer with a bit of wanderlust sometimes, to book an overseas flight and travel to far off places in the world. But sometimes that can be tricky, where can you go travelling that isn’t just going to be safe but also cheap for even the most modest of budgets?
Whether you’re students who have just completed that all important paper using a custom writing service or a couple that’s looking for cheap travel destinations to spend some romantic time together, why not check out these five amazing destinations that are cheaper than you think!
San Diego, CA
If you want to visit somewhere in the North America region, then why not head towards the city of San Diego? This Californian paradise is not only more southerly than Los Angeles and San Francisco, meaning the weather tends to be warmer and less rain, but also it’s very reasonable to get to.
In addition to cheap flights, you can also easily travel here on a budget by using train to the Santa Fe depot, or by bus. There’s also a port so if you were feeling a bit flush you could travel in by cruise ship.
The city itself is busy and thriving with many different options for hotel accommodation ranging from the slightly more luxurious options for couples to the cheap and cost-effective student options such as hostels. These hostels can start from as little at $20 a night.
Sat on the shore of the Pacific, there are amazing beaches across the state but San Diego benefits from amazing seafronts such as Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. You can also visit some great attractions such as LEGOLAND and the famous San Diego Zoo.
If you wanted to rent a car and travel a little further, then this can be done at an extremely affordable price. Within a three-hour drive of San Diego city are places like Joshua Tree National Park and Los Angeles.
Newcastle, United Kingdom
When most people consider visiting England, they think about London and Buckingham Palace. The United Kingdom, despite being small, has a real range of cities and interesting places to visit. Where often the UK may not seem one of the cheapest countries to visit, and London in particular can be pricey, it’s often best venture more northerly to cities like Birmingham, Manchester and our pick, Newcastle.
You can get to Newcastle either by flying directly into Newcastle airport, where there are non-stop flights from Newark six times a week.
If you prefer though you can fly into London Heathrow or Gatwick and take a train from Kings Cross (made famous by Harry Potter) to Newcastle in under 3 hours. There are a lot of websites in the UK that you can pre-book your tickets and get excellent deals for as little as $80.
Newcastle city has lots of different places available from the big hotel chains, to small independently run “bed and breakfast” establishments. The city has an extremely large student population as well, which means that there are many budget-friendly options and hostels available starting from just $11.
Newcastle is the home of the “Geordie” and the accent often makes it tricky to understand the locals. You will however, find they are extremely friendly and are often famed for being able to brave the cold of the North-East with no coat. There are many clubs, bars and restaurants in the city and there is a rich diversity of food from around the world.
There is a major soccer club in the city called Newcastle United, that are also known as “The Toon Army” and “Magpies” for their striking black and white kit. They can often be found playing at their home ground St James’ Park.
Thailand is often one of the cheapest countries to visit in the world that is slightly westernized in order to stop you from feeling totally alien.
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and also boasts the title of one of the world’s longest place names (Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit)!
With beaches and resorts either a cheap bus ride or a flight away, it’s a great place to explore the cheap South-East Asia region in a safe way.
Travelling to Thailand is very easy, if a little bit long, wherever you are in the world. It’s very easy to find extremely cheap flights from across the globe, into the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport. This airport, opened in 2006, is large enough to deal with over 40 million passengers a year.
Flights from the US are usually around the $800 mark, which is slightly more expensive than others on this list, but the daily cost when you are in Thailand more than accommodates for this.
Where you stay in Bangkok can be a total extreme. Whether you want to go for total opulence and indulgence, but you are paying a fraction of what you would in the States. There are all the major hotel chains including the Four Seasons, Marriott, Hilton and more, but for around $150 a night if you wanted to splurge a bit.
If you are looking for really budget friendly accommodation, then there are a great many of cheap, and safe, hostels in the districts of the city. Many of these can be secured from as little at $10 a night.
Bangkok is a vibrant city that never sleeps. It is famed for its clubs, bars and nightlife, including singers and traditional performances that can be viewed in many of the larger hotels.
The entertainment in Bangkok is often at a very reasonable cost and there are often many cheap, and free, things to do.
If you are a fan of shopping on a tight budget, then Bangkok will have a lot to offer. For the best bargains a trip on the Skytrain to Siam will lead you to MBK.
MBK is six floors of a shopper’s paradise. With everything from handbags and suitcases, to electronics and clothing, you can even head to the cinema or have your nails done at a knock down price.
For a more high end experience, where you’ve saved so much of your money on finding cheap deals, then check out Siam Paragon on the same Skytrain line. Here you can browse Chanel, Armani and even check out the Ferrari and Lamborghini show rooms in the mall.
For a budget trip a bit further south, then check out the second city of Colombia, Medellín. A city that was once deemed one of the most dangerous and has now undergone a massive change and is now a safe haven and viewed safer than many US cities. It is also filled with many exciting attractions and interesting things to see and do.
You can fly from the US into Jose Maria Cordova Airport, for under $500 or into Bogota for $700. You do not need any additional Visa requirements if you are staying for less than three months.
Traveling from Bogota to Medellin can be done in an hour flight or by bus, which takes over 7 hour so it’s recommended that you fly.
To book a simple double room within the city, prices start at around the $20 per night mark. There are nearly 100 hostels within the city, many of which include free WiFi and room service in this modern age. For that added bit of luxury as well the majority of them also have lovely swimming pools for you to relax by when you aren’t off seeing the sighs.
To sample a real flavor of how the city has thrown off its chequered past, you only have to take a look at the number of attractions that are on offer to those visiting the area.
Having been named Innovative City of the Year in 2013, there are an array of activities such as AV trails, the interactive Parque Explora and the famous Medellin cable car.
If you’re looking for something completely free to do, then take a trip to one of the many parks in the city. The Rio Claro Valley is excellent for seeing native birds and wildlife.
For a truly interesting overseas trip, that is not only cost effective but also gives fascinating insight into other cultures around the world, then Casablanca, Morocco is ideal.
Morocco, in the northern most part of the African continent is where the new world and old world collide, with a mixture of Arabic, French and African culture.
Plus you can relive the romantic film of the same name if you head off as a couple.
Flights to Morocco may not be as straightforward as they are to other destinations, with most flights demanding a layover in places such as Paris or Istanbul. But for the cost of the $700 airfare you get the opportunity to experience an additional country on top of the historic Morocco.
Taxis and private hire services run from the airport into central Casablanca, making getting to your hotel a very easy task after a long period of travel.
The first thing that will strike you about Casblanca is its amazing architecture. It’s buildings, designing for the arid dry desert climate, are unlike anything in the Western world.
With large, brightly coloured buildings, adorned with mosaic style tiles and slightly washed out warm colours, there is an obvious difference between these and the more modern buildings, standing alongside them.
To stay in one of the lower cost hotels costs around $50 a night, however if you are staying for over a week then this is likely to drop considerably.
There truly is a lot to do in Casablanca, whether you stay for a few weeks or just a few nights.
With mazes of markets and souks, selling wares, you can spend your days getting lost and admiring the fine craftsmanship of the carpets, leather and other local items.
You can visit the striking Old Medina, where you can not only buy the freshest of ingredients to add to your tagine for dinner but you can also get all manner of things repaired.
Or if shopping isn’t what you are after, then sit down at a sidewalk cafe to sip traditional Moroccan mint tea and watch the world go by.,
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