As the cost of living continues to rise for Americans, getting to spend a few days or weeks abroad is no longer a guaranteed reward for their hard work but rather a luxury that few can afford to indulge in.
With airfare and accommodation prices reaching all-time highs, travelers are forced to make well-thought-out decisions when it comes to their destination of choice.
The good news is that there are still certain places that can provide visitors with a memorable experience without breaking the bank.
A recent report by The Times has discovered some of the most affordable holiday destinations of 2023.
These are the countries that made it to the top eight:
If you’ve been keeping up to date with the economics section of the paper, you already know that the U.S. dollar has lost some of its buying power due to inflation.
However, there are certain currencies that have lost far more value than the U.S. dollar during this worldwide economic turmoil, one of them being the Turkish Lira.
The same amount of money that could get you 6 Liras two years ago can now get you 27, marking an increase of 350% in your buying power in Turkey.
That’s why some of the country’s most gorgeous destinations, such as Bodrum, Cappadocia, and Istanbul, have seen a steep incline in visitors this year.
Tourists can access 5-star resorts and all-you-can-eat buffets for far cheaper, all while getting to enjoy the stunning nature, sandy beaches, and exquisite food that Turkey is famous for.
Portugal, represented by its colorful capital Lisbon, has earned a rightful place on the report by boasting some of the most reasonable prices in all of Western Europe.
With accommodation costs starting at $33 a night, it comes as no surprise that so many tourists are choosing to spend their holidays basking under the Portuguese sun.
And, when it comes to a place that provides its visitors with so much to see and do, such prices offer unbeatable value.
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3. Sri Lanka
If you’re not in the mood to spend your summer roaming through the busy streets of Lisbon, an island getaway might be more up your speed.
Sri Lanka provides just that for hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, many of whom are on a strict budget.
There’s no shortage of world-class beaches here, with some of the most popular being Hiriketiya, Mirissa, and Bentota.
The soft golden sand and crystal clear waters are unlike anything you’ve seen before.
Though there are some safety concerns to take into account before embarking on a trip to Sri Lanka, as long as you take proper measures, you should be able to enjoy a stunning, adventure-filled vacation at a remarkably low price.
4. The Gambia
The smallest country in mainland Africa has a lot to offer to its hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
Whether you’re planning on enjoying a beach vacation, observing the wildlife, or experiencing one of the richest cultures in the world, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for in The Gambia.
Though more touristy areas are starting to catch up with the prices of other hotspots around the globe, there’s still a lot to do and see (and eat) here for under $10.
5. Bali (Indonesia)
You’ve seen the Instagram pictures – the stunning nature complemented by luxurious villas that seem to have come right out of a TV show. None of that screams “budget,” so how come Bali made it to this list?
While higher-end accommodations located in busier areas can rack up quite a bill, those strategic enough to choose the right timing and itinerary can still enjoy the paradisical beaches of Kuta or Kelingking without spending more than $50 or $60 a day.
Those wanting to travel a bit closer to home will adore this Central American gem. Don’t let the facade of 5-star resorts and upscale nightclubs fool you – the main attractions of the country are either free or extremely cheap to access.
If you were to visit the Mayan Ruins, see the Great Blue Hole, and sunbathe in San Pedro, all within one day, $25 would be enough to cover everything.
Coming in at number seven we have another Caribbean destination that gives The Maldives a run for their money.
Between accommodation starting at $35 and Jamaican rum being sold at $15/kg, your beach vacation will finally give your wallet a break.
However, as of September 1st of this year, the country is requiring all tourists to complete a new digital entry form in an effort to make the arrival process more seamless, so make sure you get through all the logistics before boarding the plane.
Though not the typical beach destination, Bolivia can still provide the trip of a lifetime to travelers on a budget.
Between Salar de Uyuni, Lake Titicaca, and Reserva Eduardo Avaroa, you’ll be too busy staring at the one-of-a-kind view in awe to even think about sunbathing.
Since most of the country’s attractions are comprised of natural landscapes, you won’t have to spend a dime to have a great time here.
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