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Best value destinations for 2016
March 13, 2016, 10:27 am
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Québec City, Canada

Bagging a good deal on the road can be almost as thrilling as the trip itself, so no matter what your travel budget, make your hard-earned money go further with the following budget-friendly destinations.

Québec City, Canada: If you are a North American resident with a desire to visit Europe but find yourself with a lack of time and funds, then consider Quebec City as your treat. It is definitely not in Europe, but there is enough of the exotic in this Francophone city to remind you of the Old Continent. You can tour the beautiful UNESCO-listed old town, dine in old-school bistros and get thoroughly lost in the timeless cobblestone streets. With a little more time and your own vehicle, Montmorency Forest and Jacques-Cartier National Park offer a wilder taste of the province and superb wildlife-viewing opportunities surprisingly close to the city.

 

New Mexico, USA: If you are looking for a beautiful, affordable, active, foodie corner of America’s southwest, then New Mexico is the one. Here, dry, sunny weather is a near constant. Albuquerque’s sights, made famous by the TV serial Breaking Bad, can be explored for the price of a trolley ride and washed down with a cheap eat from a hole-in-the-wall taqueria. Elsewhere, the winter sports are good and cheap, and the outdoors is outstanding and free;this includes hiking in Alpine forests, tracking down petroglyph sites and free wild hot springs. Given the richness of attractions all found within one state, New Mexico offers value from both a time and a monetary perspective.

 

Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast: If you are looking for an original experience of Costa Rica that isles tourist dominated, but with everything that makes the country such a big draw, then get to the country’sCaribbean coast. Here you will find a still-evolving destination that is likely to become a big noise over coming years; viewing nesting turtles at Tortuguero, rafting on the Río Pacuare and diving in the reefs of Manzanillo are just some of the highlights of your stay here. The southern coast is also best suited for surfers and fans of laid-back black-sand beaches.

 

Estonia: The country feels like a promised land, especially if you are coming in from expensive Stockholm or Helsinki. Upsizing from a hostel to hotel, eating-out more often and, best of all, experiencing a gloriously distinctive slice of Europe, where Eastern and Nordic influences mix together, become very affordable in Estonia.Beyond the irresistible capital of Tallinn there are little-known Baltic islands and the seashore and forest delights of Lahemaa National Park, which holds the distinction of being the first national park in the old Soviet Union.

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Regardless of where you come from,one of the few places in Europe where you willalways feel like you are getting a good deal is Bosnia and Herzegovina. Inexpensive accommodation, superb meals and fast intercity transport combined with historic cities such as Sarajevo and Mostar, and affordable adrenaline pursuits, including rafting on the Una River and skiing, reward both the impecunious and those seeking a less well-travelled Europe.

 

Galicia, Spain: Lying to the northwest of Spain is Galicia, arguably the country’s last frontier. Once you get beyond Santiago de Compostela, this wild region fragments into rocky coastline met by spectacular rías (inlets) and an interior of countless unspoilt villages. The region’s value comes not only from the lower costs compared with the more-visited parts of Spain, but also from the quality of seafood and meat found in abundance in tapas bars. And, if you are keen to save while sleeping over, aim for self-catering properties around the region, especially outside the school-holiday periods.

 

East Africa:Africa is one huge continent; the entire United States would fit within Sahara Desert and East Africa ismore distant from Ebola ravaged countries in West Africa than London, Madrid or Paris. East Africa’s tourism havens of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, as well as the rest of the region, offer some of the best bargains when it comes to travel, providing visitors with great experiences of some of the world’s great wonders, from gorilla encounters to Rift Valley scenery tosqueaky-sanded beaches.

 

Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam:Ranking of Asian cities based on price by more than one travel site confirms what many Asia-savvy travelers have known for a while — Vietnam’s cities are tops for budget options. Both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are among the top destinations for budget travelers. Finding food, lodging and sights for less than US$20 per day may take you into the territory of having to live like a local, but that is an integral part of experiencing these super-cheap city trips.

 

Timor-Leste: If you desire a little-known and highly affordable destination then Timor-Leste might be the one for you. Away from the pricey hotels of the internationally-influenced capital of Dili, you will find bargain beach shacks on the beaches of Atauro Island, and welcoming homestays in the misty hill country. Despite ongoing security concerns, traveling round Timor-Leste can be an old-fashioned adventure, complete with bumpy roads and packed local transport. As an added bonus, you will be able to stare down any travel bore with Asia’s newest country added to your list.

 

Western Australia: Currency fluctuations mean that the Australian dollar is a better deal for overseas visitors than it has been for a few years. This, along with the waning of the mining-boom of recent years, has put the dream-like landscapes of Western Australia firmly back on the tourist map and within grasp of any budget travelers. Beyond cosmopolitan Perth, iconic natural sights abound here, from the rocky coast and winelands of the southwest to the outback treats of the Kimberley, Kununurra and the Pinnacles.

 

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