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Holiday destinations to enjoy on a Budget in 2018

There’s no denying that flight tickets to top destinations can sometimes seem very expensive, but what if that was your only real concern? Join us as we suggest the top ten budget destinations to enjoy once you’ve landed. These destinations offer lower exchange rates and more value for money when compared to your usual tourist hot spots.

Montreal, Canada

The Canadian Dollar is currently cheaper than the British Pound, the US Dollar and the Euro. Travellers rave about the country because in some ways it feels like a combined European and American experience given its proximity to the USA and its strong French influence. First-time visitors simply can’t miss the following experiences: indulge in some smoked meats, enjoy the variety on offer at the incredible markets, wonder around Old Montreal (home to 17th-19th century buildings and quite literally like something out of a fairytale), visit McGill University in a twenty-minute tour and don’t leave without visiting the cathedrals (each offering a charm of their own).

Cape Town, South Africa

This one seems like an obvious choice, but not only will airfare cost you considerable less than many of the international destinations on this list, but once you’re in Cape Town you’ll be able to enjoy an exchange rate where 1 N$ = 1 ZAR. Cape Town has garnered international fame and coverage as one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world, and has so much to offer in terms of things to see and do. Whether it’s something extreme (such as shark cave diving); something adventurous (such as summiting the local hiking hotspot, Lion’s Head), or something a little more “touristy” (museums, aquariums and Red Bus Tours abound), you will not be left wanting!

Barcelona, Spain

One of the most affordable cities in Europe, Barcelona offers incredible architecture, some of the world’s best museums and a rich, vibrant culture. A literal stand-out attraction is the Sagrada Família, a colossal basilica that marks one of the greatest architectural works of art in all of Europe. Take in the delicious smells and tastes that come with enjoying some tapas, and be sure to visit all the other monumental buildings which will definitely be the perfect backdrop to any selfies you plan on taking. Many of these astonishing sites are free to enjoy and the money saved can be put towards an exciting tour.

Marrakesh, Morocco

Go for the food, tea and incredible spas to choose from. That’s right Marrakesh is home to some of the most heavenly spas at the most affordable prices. Have lunch or take a cooking class at Amal Women’s Training Centre where you can enjoy a delicious meal and the privilege of positively contributing to the empowerment of local women. Take a trip to the market, where you can enjoy especially affordable food and where you will in all likelihood find a gorgeous scarf to take home as a token of your travels.

Gaziantep, Turkey

Turkey is famous for the incredible mosaics you can enjoy while visiting almost any city, but nothing comes close to the works of art you will see on display at the Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum. To try the city’s “best kebabs”, take a drive to Şirvan (also home to incredible baklava) and for the city’s best pastries give Orkide a try (here you can also enjoy the best brunch in town which includes katmer, local cheeses and jams, fresh and fluffy bread and delicious dips. Turkey is recognised as one of the most affordable places to tour and Gaziantep is an especially great choice because it is not as famous to tourists as other Turkish cities. It is also recognised as one of eight UNESCO Creative Gastronomy Cities in the world.

Krakow, Poland

Pronounced Krakov, this charming little city is full of historical splendour and Polish delights. The Polish are very proud of their culture which is evidenced in the free city walk you can enjoy (and should absolutely go on). Hear the stories of their at times difficult history along with incredible myths and legends still passed down from generation to generation. Don’t leave without grabbing a slice of Sernik Babci—traditional Polish cheesecake which is simple, fluffy and perfect when paired with a strong coffee.

BONUS: Affordable Countries to Visit

If you're looking for more than just a city to tour, here are some countries to add to your list of affordable places to visit (here you can enjoy hopping from town to town and even into neighbouring countries depending on the destination):

  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Croatia
  • Mexico
  • Laos

When it comes to budget travelling, the world really is your oyster! Even if you choose cities or countries that aren't conventionally considered as "affordable", it's up to you as a traveller to get the most out of your trip by travelling smart. Get in touch with one of our Travel Experts today to organise your dream budget holiday and get all the information necessary on how to travel on a dime.

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