Let’s face it – unless your last name is Rothschild, or you are taking a walk to the corner shop for chocolate, travel for pleasure has never been particularly cheap. Given today’s corner-shop prices, even those little trips are being subject to second opinion.
So, what do you do when vacation-time starts looming? Do you resign yourself to yet another staycation that involves spending a few days trying to convince yourself you are actually enjoying washing the dishes again?
No, you don’t. You forget about that, and about all the trendy destinations and their daylight-robbery prices, and head off the beaten track. Not too far off, of course, because it is supposed to be a holiday, and you don’t want to suffer too much while you’re on it. This is a big planet, and there are plenty of places worthy of a spot on any bucket-list that are only too happy to welcome travellers on a budget. These are a few that have been added to mine.
Zanzibar, an Island Paradise
An exquisite island off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is a pocket-friendly paradise. White, sandy beaches, warm tropical waters, an incredible array of fresh seafood, and affordable shopping in ancient marketplaces are just some of the attractions that await you.
If you really want to get there cheaply, you’ll need to fly to Tanzania and take a $35 ferry-ride from the mainland. Once you are on the island, you can spend long, lazy days lounging at the water’s edge, exploring a fascinating history, and even visiting the birthplace of legendary Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury. It is possible to find accommodation options for as little as $40 per night.
Naples – Food and History
Rome might have a reputation for ripping off tourists, but do not let that put you off visiting La Bella Italia. The southern city of Naples is an ancient one, and certainly fared better than nearby Pompeii, which you can visit while there, along with Capri and the renowned Amalfi Coast.
Situated on the Bay of Naples, the city is famous as the place where pizza was first created. It offers endless adventures while you explore its art, culture, castles, and catacombs. You will need to get in while you can, though, as its rising tourism profile will probably lead to rising prices in the future.
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Oaxaca, Marvellous Mexico
Dreaming of margaritas and mojitos in Cancun? How boring. How expensive. Enjoy a money-saving Mexican jaunt by spending a few days in affordable, beautiful Oaxaca de Juarez.
The old town features cobbled streets that come to life in a throng of people, colour, and music on the many local festival days. You can spend your days sampling regional delicacies and sipping on fresh coffee in markets and cafes, exploring galleries, churches, and museums, and even going on a few excursions to places such as the Hierve el Agua springs and the Mitla Ruins. You can find accommodations for as little as $86 per night.
Windhoek – Into Africa
Namibian capital Windhoek offers you an African experience unlike any other. The city was founded almost two centuries ago by German colonists, and their influences is still visible in much of the older architecture.
The place has retained a quaint feel, even though it boasts the luxury facilities and amenities one would expect from a world-class city. Thanks to the exchange rate, many luxury accommodation options are within reach, and can be found for as little as $150 per night. Beyond its limits, however, lies a stark, expansive desert that hides fascinating sights and experiences. Just some of the highlights include the Namibia Craft Centre and the Etosha National Park.
These are a smattering of countless destinations that make it possible for even budget travellers to have a darn good holiday. Get that passport out, and start packing.