The cheapest travel destinations for 2016
With accommodations for £1 and delicious food for less than that, you will realize that Cambodia is cheaper than you are expected.
Once tourists crossed the border to Cambodia and overcome their fear of Southeast Asia travel scene, Cambodia becomes a quite preferred destination because for less money can afford a five-star luxury. You can’t leave Cambodia without visiting famous Angkor Wat Archaeological Park, if possible at dawn to watch the sun rise behind Angkor Wat temple itself, a soothing and spectacular experience. Entry to this UNESCO world heritage site costs just £13 for a full day, although it’s worth paying the £26 for three days – there are just too many temples to visit into one day and once the midday sun hits you’ll want to find some seriously strong air-conditioning or drink something cold and fresh.
Although the popularity of Vietnam has risen in recent years, it is still too cheap and at the same time beautiful and untamed. You can easily get by on £5 a day, including a guest house, local food, transport and a bit of drinking – a pint of Vietnam’s most popular brew, Bia Hoi, costs around 50p. Hanoi, the ex-headquarter of French Indochina and then the administrative centre of communist North Vietnam, was declared the country’s official capital in 1976. It retains so much to French flavour; you’ll find some great patisseries producing croissants, an authentic _pho _noodle soup shack. Hanoi’s Old Quarter, around Hoan Kiem Lake, is the best place to soak up some of the city’s post-colonial charm – it’s also a rare oasis of calm in this otherwise chaotic city, where locals go every morning at sunrise to practice tai chi. See the Vietnamese rural life and green rice terraces in and around the former French mountain resort of Da Lat in the central highlands, flower farms, local tofu factories, cashew nut plantations, and the iconic rice terraces.
Bolivia is also knows as the Tibet of the Americas. It is one of the two landlocked countries in South America (the other country is Paraguay). Walking on Calle Jaen, La Paz – the Bolivia’s administrative capital, you can feel the colonial control of Spain as whitewashed facades and ornate black grilled balconettes on some of the well preserved colonial buildings. Here you can find variety of museums such as the home of revolutionary Pedro Domingo Murillo, who was leader of La Paz Revolution of 1809. The ticket of museum is 40 p, including ticket for the Museo Costumbrista, where he was hanged. If is not enough for you to visit Bolivia, probably the best value food and drinks which make Bolivia most famous in all South America will attract you. For instance, a bottle of famous Pacena beer costs less than £ 1. Although Bolivia is humid and hot tropical country, La Paz is surrounded by the cool mountains Altipano that make refreshing. You should not miss the city of Oruro, in the heart of the mountains Altipano, which is famous with Carnival, each year in February or March to honour the Virgin of Candelaria. Three hours by bus from La Paz and you could be taking part in this UNESCO protected presentation of indigenous and religious Bolivian culture, with more than 48 folk dance performances and a traditional parade.
Budapest, the historic Hungarian capital on the Danube, is one of the must-see European cities. Although airfares are not as cheap as before, prices in the country itself will leave you satisfied enough to enjoy the wonderful cakes, strong quality alcohol and thermal spas. Stop for a sweet treat at Gerbeaud’s for gourmet pastries too pretty to eat or visit a traditional kávéház (coffee house) for a calorific slice of _kürtőskalács _or chocolate chimney cake. With meals for £2, train tickets for £1 and rooms for £10, Budapest is a beautiful bargain. And you can visit those beautiful bathhouses, such as Gellert, just for £10. Visit the Lake Balaton in Transdanubia, western Hungary. This the biggest lake in central Europa, which is a favourite summer destination for respite from the heat and noise of the city. Take a hike in the northern hills, swim in the lake or sail out on the cool waters, before enjoying some locally produced wines from the vineyards dotted across nearby Badacsony Hill.
There are so many places in Central America as Belize, Costa Roca, Guatemala, but for really cheap value, skip to Honduras. The country isn’t in the top list of the most-visited travel destinations. But is you want white beaches which to remain to the Maldives, diving as in Red Sea and very cheap food and drinks , all while spending around £20 a day, definitely Honduras is your place. One of the busiest cities along this idyllic stretch is Puerto Cortes, a bustling port famous for its trade in bananas with strong Spanish heritage, signs of which survive to this day. If you want to enjoy the post colonial city with quaint Spanish house, ornamental decorated cathedral, then you should visit the historic Comayagua. A small city two hours’ drive northwest from Honduras’s capital, Tegucigalpa, Comayagua was once the country’s religious and political centre, but today its main draws are the colonial buildings and cute plaza cafés – bag a traditional Honduran baguette or bistek (steak) sandwich from café La Casa de Sandwich for about £1.50 and picnic in the nearby Parque Central.
6. Sri Lanka
‘With gossamer-fine sands, cloud-wrapped mountains, waterfalls, tea plantations and palm trees wafting in the breeze, Sri Lanka is the picture perfect paradise’… That you can read on travel agency brochure. There so many things that you can do if you choose Sri Lanka for your next travel destination. What do think about feasting on fish curry, trekking in the jungle and staying in hotels on the beach for tuppence? All less than £25 a day. Modern tourism began to boom on this idyllic south Indian Ocean island in the 1960s, but it’s somehow managed to stay on the sidelines of many a Southeast Asian itinerary, so it’s still possible to pick up a low-cost luxury bargain. Stay at the five-star Cinnamon Lodge, located in Habarana, the epicentre of a cultural triangle encompassing Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy. Most of the apartments provide beautiful view of the tropical Habarana Lake and five-stars service – own private jacuzzi, while being served champagne by your on-call butler – or you can bag a single room, with all the same spa, swimming pool and dining facilities, from as little as £42 a night. If you can allow dragging yourself away from air-conditioned luxury, the temples, monasteries and stupa speckled throughout the surrounding countryside offer a window into Sri Lanka’s Buddhist culture – 70% of Sri Lankans are Buddhist. If you do it, stick to the highlights: the Sri Maha Bodhiya (Bodhi Tree Temple) in Anuradhapura and the Sri Dhalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) in Kandy, arguably the most sacred places on the entire island. Just to know that foreigner tourists usually pay higher entrance fees.
Located on a vast territory from the jungles of the central plains in La Pampa to the rugged Andes Mountains on the western border with Chile, Argentina is eighth largest country in the world. There are so many things to do and see there. The capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires has a reputation of one of the most exciting cities on the planet with dynamic nightlife. Experience the colourful, flamboyant life of the Argentinian capital by staying away from its most exclusive hotspots and you can easily get by on £25 a day. Tour the bright and bold murals that adorn many of Buenos Aires’s buildings, and come sundown slink along the streets of San Telmo and enjoy the cool bohemian vibe in the restaurants and bars in this part of town – much more fun (and kinder on the wallet) than a night out in the tourist traps of the city’s Recoleta district. If you want to get away from it all and see some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, then it doesn’t get much more impressive than a trip to Patagonia in southern Argentina, home to Tierra del Fuego, the most southerly city in the world and a popular departure point for excursions to the Antartic just get the bus which takes around 24-36 hours or cheap internal air flight and see the penguins, dolphins and whales which are protected by UNESCO.
8. Dominican Republic
Very cheap and the same time enjoy exotic beautiful scenes, where the accommodation, travel fee and food are around £30 per day. The beer is less than £1 and bus ticket around 50 p. You can get a bed in Bavaro Hostel just for £13 within a three-minute walk of the white sands and swaying palms of Bavaro beach. That includes free coffee and free Wi-Fi. The Dominic republic offers some incredible deals for all-inclusive holidays. The VH Gran Ventana also called Playa Dorada (Golden Beach) has four different restaurants, from gourmet Caribbean to casual beachfront grill, three swimming pools and water sports from water skiing and parasailing to banana boats and scuba diving .The prices starting at just £90 per room per night but definitely money worth it!
India is the seventh largest country in the world, where just for £15 you can live like in paradise in fully air-conditional room, which include meals and travel first class on the trains (the Rajdhani or the Shatabdi Express or to take a taxi to everywhere. Head to western India to Rajasthan for an assault of the senses in the state capital, the Pink City, Jaipur, or kick back on the white sands of Kerala in southern India. You must see the most famous tomb in the world, the Taj Mahal, in Agra, northern India – just don’t go on a Friday, it’s closed. And don’t worry about Delhi belly, you’ll find some of India’s best street food here in the capital, particularly in the narrow streets and bustling boulevards around Connaught Place in the centre of town. Pick your stall wisely – make sure they look clean and if they’re busy it usually means the food is fresh, but it’s still a good idea to pack the Immodium, just in case.
Although ongoing economic crisis, the price of the holiday in some of the famous Greek islands such as Santorini or Mykonos are still higher. Why not choose Paros or Skiathos? These are the Greek provinces in which you can escape from the oppressive heat and enjoy a cool drink – Mythos (between about £1.50 and £4 a pint depending on where you stay) for half the price. If you are looking for parties, there are so many small islands and boats with rave and alternative music and of course, plenty of shot drinks. You can organized a day trip to the Sardonic Gulf island of Hydra, just one and a half hours by catamaran from Athens and the spot for some of the best souvlaki (kebabs) you’ll find anywhere else in the Aegean Sea – Pirofani restaurant has been dishing up this delicious drunk food for over 20 years and takes some beating when it comes to flavour and value for money.
It is a pearl in the Aegean Sea, usually starting point to other famous island as Santorini, deserves more attention and holiday time. You can see gorgeous villages, white-washed houses and delicious homemade food.
It is a small and very stylish island. Here you’ll find narrow cobbled streets lined with local artisan shops, cafés and restaurants, jewellery, hand-crafted on the island, make unique souvenirs. Apart from shopping, the other two big past-times in Skiathos are sunbathing and swimming. Do both at any one of the 60 beaches on the island – Koukounaries and Kanapista are just a couple of the best spots.