I love to travel, but my budget doesn’t always let me jet set around the world. There seems to be an abundance of flight glitches that can get you across the world for just a few hundred dollars, but unless you have a travel fund/account or just a few hundred dollars lying around, these deals don’t really do you much good. Despite this, we all deserve to experience other cultures and see new places.There are ten destinations that have been deemed budget friendly that I would love to visit:
5 Budget Friendly Destinations Millennials Will Love
According to Forbes.com, budget travel is at an all time high in 2017 because the value of the dollar is high and airfare prices are projected to drop this fall. Whatever the reason may be, I’m welcoming this trend with open arms and hope that I get to see one of these many beautiful places before they’re no longer considered budget friendly.
- South Africa – According to multiple travelers, the exchange rate is what makes a trip to Africa so affordable. Supposedly 15 rand is equivalent to 1 US dollar and you can find small boutique hotels for $10-15/night. Because South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are opposite of what they are in the US. Subsequently, it is advised to visit during the low season (our summer) for extra savings.
- Vietnam – Flights from the US can be pretty price, but when you get there it’s apparently a budgetnistas dream. Hostels seem to be a dime a dozen, but if you want a private room you can expect to pay 425,000 VND (or $19 USD) per night. Forbes.com reports rooms will be closer to $70/night, but that’s still cheaper than what you’d pay in basically any US city. Food is also inexpensive. A bowl of pho will cost you under a dollar and a sit down meal will come in around $10. I must say these prices seem too good to be true, but hey what do I know, I’ve never been there.
- Greece – Greece has been on my travel bucket list forever. Santorini is on of the more well known cities and the pictures are absolutely stunning. According to the popular blog, Club Thrifty, you can get a 3-4 star hotel for under $100. Unfortunately Greece is experiencing an financial crisis right now. This means hotel prices are down, food is cheaper, and locals are more welcoming of tourists. This seems like the perfect time for a trip to Greece (maybe this will continue for a bit and we can honeymoon there).
- Thailand – Kristin of Be My Travel Muse spent quite a bit of time between Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. She reports having sent approximately $45 USD/day during the high season in Thailand. The MOST she paid for a room in Cambodia was $20/night (wait, say what now?!?) and she felt as though that was expensive. In her post she included a link that I would compare to something like Expedia if you wanted to stay somewhere a little nicer for around $50/night. Meals apparently ran between $1-6 USD and alcoholic beverages came in around $6 USD.
- Peru – A hostel dorm room will cost you 24 PEN per night ($8 USD/night) and a private room for two will be 175 PEN per night ($45.50 USD/night). You can find food for as cheap as 3 PEN and spend 50 PEN for an average meal at a more “western” restaurant. A taxi around Lima will be approximately 50-70 PEN and they even have Uber!
Researching these budget friendly places my fellow millennials will love had me wanting to drive straight to the airport and catch a flight. It seems as though flights will be what hits our pockets the hardest, but with glitches, sites like airfarewatchdog.com, and airlines constantly having sales, I’m sure we could catch a good deal. I’m willing to bet you could easily turn these vacations into expensive affairs, but it’s nice to know there are affordable options for us Royals in Reality that sill want to see the wold.
Have you ever been to any of these destinations? If so, are the prices really this cheap? Got any tips for traveling on a budget or know of any other budget friendly destinations millennials will love?