The top 10 value for money travel destinations revealed
A recent online study has revealed the top 10 value for money destinations across the world.
The study, which was conducted Lonely Planet, pulled together opinions of editors, researchers, local people and prominent travel influencers. The locations chosen by the study take on many different forms and range from city breaks to adventure holidays and beach escapes.
Spanning across Europe, America, Africa and beyond, the value for money aspect of the travel destinations has been based on exciting, beautiful locations that can be explored on a budget in a varying type of ways.
Let’s get to it.
Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia, is located in southern Central Europe at a crossroads of important European cultural and trade routes bordering Italy, Hungary, Austria and Croatia.
Well known for its outdoor adventures, Slovenia has the ability to offer more ambitious seasons like skiing at a much more affordable price. With major tourist attractions like Lake Bled and the Triglav National Park, this country has a lot to offer.
From Europe we jet across to South America to explore the luscious green of Ecuador.
Ecuador is a country with vast natural and cultural wealth and has the Amazon rainforest to show off some of the world’s greatest beauty. That, coupled with the likes of the Galápagos Islands, Yasuní National Park and capital city Quito allows Ecuador to become the alternative to the likes of Brazil and Mexico.
As Greece continues to dominate the Mediterranean island destination, Albania is quietly building a travel force to be reckoned with.
The country, located on Southeastern Europe’s Balkan Peninsula, is characterised by its rich archaeological and cultural heritage dating back to the Ancient Greek era. Consider that with the unspoilt beaches, Albania is the perfect alternative for an unsuspecting beach trip on a budget.
Bangladesh, to the east of India on the Bay of Bengal, is a country marked by lush greenery and many waterways.
With a culture as vibrant as the free-flowing scenery, Bangladesh offers a cheaper route to South Asian with all of the same benefits. With attractions such as St. Martin’s Island, Lalbagh Fort, Somapura Mahavihara and more, this country will never let you down.
From its bustling capital of Buenos Aires, to its mountains and crystal clear lakes, Argentina has it all going on.
Repeatedly competing with Brazil for the top tourism spot of South America, Argentina is famous for the tango dance, the music and all-round good fun. Find the right spot and the locals will be as welcoming as anywhere in the world.
5. Houston, USA
Houston is a large metropolis in Texas and will always be linked to the Space Centre and NASA’s astronaut training and flight control complex.
Looking beyond that though, Houston is a huge foodie city and their Chinatown can rival any across the country. On top of that, the city has an impressive 19 high-profile museums and plenty more galleries to get your culture on a little bit.
4. The Maldives
What more can we say about The Maldives that the pictures don’t already say?
This tropical nation located in the Indian Ocean is composed of 26 ring-shaped reefs which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. Without doubt one of the most magically tropcial locations that you’re ever likely to visit. Unsurprisingly the Maldives is well known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. A ridiculosuly beautiful place.
3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA
Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. If it’s nature and adventure you’re looking for then you’ve found it.
Hikes, forests, waterfalls, year-round wildflowers and all the rest. This UNESCO World Heritage Site flirts with the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains and is the perfect camping spot.
If you are looking to travel off the beaten track. Lodz, in Poland, is the backpacker’s dream. With cheap flights from London for as little as £29. It is the perfect destination for those looking for hidden pockets of paradise in unfamiliar surroundings.
Egypt has endured a rollercoaster of a ride in terms of making it into the travel big leagues. Once a major tourism hotspot, the country endured a dip in popularity before its now triumphant return.
Lonely Planet says the “world-class ancient sites hugging the Nile south from Luxor to Aswan are accessible for a few dollars” and “it’s easy to make inexpensive arrangements for all but a handful of big-ticket temples and tombs, which are more than worth the admission price themselves”.