5. Mexico City, Mexico
Popular for its culture, tacos and tequila, Mexico City is a holiday maker’s paradise when it comes to indulging in the best of South America. Although the city was affected by earthquakes in 2017, this only made the nation’s capital stand on sturdier ground and revamp their beloved surroundings. The cheapest accommodation starts at around $10, which means even higher-end stays can still stay within budget. The city is also very open to haggling, meaning you can easily talk your way into cheaper meals, transport and souvenirs.
Mexico City is cheaper than most of the resort areas in Mexico such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It also offers more in terms of historic charm. A kilometer away from downtown Mexico City, Hotel Plaza Revolución is a great choice for couple stays. There are also the conveniently situated Exe Cities Reforma and Hotel Astor which offer stylish and minimalist accommodation close to Mexico City’s top attractions.
4. Chiang Mai, Thailand
A day away from Thailand’s capital, Chiang Mai sits in the mountainous region of the country and stands out for its culture, cuisine and popularity among all sorts of travelers. The diversity of the city means a few days’ trip is not enough to truly appreciate its splendor. In order to indulge in the natural wonders, unique museums, and buzzing nightlife, a week or more is ideal to spend in Chiang Mai.
Thailand is an incredibly popular destination for travel for tourists across the globe. Its value-for-money accommodation, cheap food options and wealth of affordable activities make it a go-to for holiday makers. Hotel de Nara stands as a well-liked but also cheap accommodation option in the Old Town district of Chiang Mai. Down the street, Hyde Park Chiangmai is also a luxurious option that has been said to exceed guests’ expectations with its superior service and amenities.
3. Buenos Aires, Argentina
From a central presidential palace to a 20th century opera house, Buenos Aires is a striking cosmopolitan hub in Argentina. Strongly influenced by the culture of Latin America, its fame in pop culture is superseded by the city itself – whose vibrant streets and dynamic nightlife bring back tourists all year round.
The Argentine Peso has been unstable in recent years which make travel to the country appealing. $1 equates to about 30 Pesos and the cost of transport, accommodation and food in Buenos Aires is ideal for the budget traveler. For affordable luxury, hotels like the Unique Palacio San Telmo and Exe Hotel Colón are centrally located and also reasonably priced. A longer stay in the city (which is recommended to appreciate all that Buenos Aires has to offer) will see you staying at an apartment like Estudio Deco Home, which is a top choice.
2. Phuket, Thailand
The second Thai luxury destination on this list, Phuket is a favorite for many. Its rain forested, mountainous surroundings encapsulate picture perfect island living topped off with pristine beaches. Travel to Phuket has become increasingly popular in the past decade. Flights, food and accommodation are cheaper than most overseas destinations; and services such as an authentic Thai massage go above and beyond what is expected.
Resort stays are very popular in Thailand and often go for exorbitant prices. Naina Resort & Spa, however, located on Patong Beach skimps on prices but still offers a great resort vacation. If you’d prefer something a bit cozier than a resort but just as luxurious, Two Villas Holiday Phuket: Onyx Style Nai Harn Beach, Seastone Private Pool Villas and Villa Elisabeth are excellent options.
1. Bali, Indonesia
Indonesia is one of those travel destinations perfect for singletons, couples, families and large groups of friends – everyone, really! The picturesque tropical surroundings combined with postcard-like beaches leave little to be desired from this exquisite holiday spot. Bali itself is a hub for Indonesian culture and festivals and is the top choice to experience the best that the country has to offer.
The Indonesia rupiah is a favorable currency for those across the globe to travel with. Because of generous exchange rates and low costing of living, Bali is the perfect place to go for a travel experience that feels 5-star, but costs about 3-star. Pricier resorts come in at a few hundred dollars, but spots like Bliss Ubud Spa & Bungalow in the heart of Bali’s tranquil fields cost about a fraction of the price. Another more private option is that of Villa Puspa, whose close proximity to the beach and temple sights are a favorite for travelers.