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Five Great Budget-Friendly Holiday Destinations

Choice of five top world travel destinations for the budget traveler – these unforgettable exotic locales are entirely possible to enjoy to the fullest without really having to slum it out

Last updated on January 7th, 2018 at 11:23 am

There’s no reason why the budget traveler can’t have as much a fun holiday as the deep-pocketed tourist. The world is oozing destinations that are not only budget-friendly but are more than value for money.

So, we scanned the globe for the cheapest travel destinations, not compromising on the value-for-money quotient and here’s what we have come up with – five great world getaways that offer lifetime experiences without draining your bank account.

Bangkok, Thailand

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A pulsating modern city of over 11 million inhabitants and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Asia, the Thai capital of Bangkok, not only boasts high-rise buildings and a promiscuous nightlife but is also blessed with ancient temples, magnificent palaces, canals, pleasantly chaotic markets – including the famous floating market, and a vibrant nightlife.The city has something for everyone.

Bangkok also serves as a springboard to other destinations in Thailand that are worthy of a visit. Connectivity to places such as Phuket, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, and other popular tourist destinations is pretty much convenient with flight, rail, and bus options readily available.

The average daily expense takes into account hotel accommodation, meals, wine, taxi fare, coffee, cocktail, and beer.

Estimated daily expenses:

  • Hotel for two: £49.83 ($62.17)
  • Meal for two: £16.94 ($21.14)
  • Bottle of wine: £20.10 ($25.08)
  • Taxi: £1.02 ($1.27)
  • Cup of coffee: £2.66 ($3.32)
  • Cocktail: £5.82 ($7.26)
  • Pint of beer: £1.79 ($2.23)
  • Average expenditure per person per night: £54.73 ($68.30)

Cairo, Egypt

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This great, ancient megacity on the Nile is resplendent in its rich history that spans centuries. Be prepared, though, for the sheer noise, air pollution, and chaotic traffic that will first pervade your senses.

However, as you settle down you will realize that there’s a method to the Egyptian madness. It’s the Cairo way of life and soon you will find yourself actually enjoying the exotic sights and sounds of this dynamic North African capital.

The striking contrast between the contemporary and the traditional, the developed and the dilapidated, and between the rustic and the urbane is simply amazing.

Be sure to visit the Egyptian Museum in the heart of the city, home to a massive collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts dating back thousands of years.

Don’t forget to haggle with the shopkeepers – it’s another Cairo thing – over prices while shopping at the Khan al-Khalili bazaar.

And, how can a trip to Cairo be complete without a visit to the Giza Pyramids and the nearby Saqqara Pyramid Complex!

Estimated daily expenses:

  • Hotel for two: £45.84 ($57.20)
  • Meal for two: £10.67 ($13.31)
  • Bottle of wine: £6 ($7.50)
  • Taxi: £0.89 ($1.11)
  • Cup of coffee: £1.27 ($1.59)
  • Cocktail: £4.03 ($5.04)
  • Pint of beer: £1.65 ($2.06)

Average expenditure per person per night: £39.09 ($48.79)

Krakow, Poland

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Situated on the banks of the Vistula River, Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Poland dating back to the 7th century. It is, now, Poland’s second most important city and has traditionally been one of the country’s major centers for art, culture, and economy.

Karkow has the distinction of being named the European Capital of Culture in 2000 and approved as a UNESCO City of Literature in 2013 – a testimony to its cultural and academic heritage.

Some of the top city attractions include the Polish Aviation Museum, the Oskar Schindler’s Factory, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, Wawel Cathedral, St. Mary’s Basilica, Ojców National Park, Planty Park, the Rynek Underground permanent exhibition and many other wonderful landmarks.

The city’s cafes at the Main Market Square and the rocking nightlife in the Old Town and Kazimierz neighborhoods offer welcome relief from an exhausting day of sightseeing

Estimated daily expenses:

  • Hotel for two: £58.98 ($73.59)
  • Meal for two: £19.38 ($24.18)
  • Bottle of wine: £5 ($6.24)
  • Taxi: £3.12 ($3.89)
  • Cup of coffee: £2.08 ($2.60)
  • Cocktail: £4.28 ($5.34)
  • Pint of beer: £1.50 ($1.87)
  • Average expenditure per person per night: £52.66 ($65.72)

Sliema, Malta

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Sliema is one of the most developed areas in Malta. With its concentration of hotels and rental apartments for all budgets, bars, restaurants, shops, and clubs it attracts a high percentage of tourists every year.

North of Sliema and connected to it as if they are one and the same, is the town of St. Julian’s on the adjacent peninsula– a mere 20-minute walk separating the two towns.

Located on a third peninsula, south of Sliema, the town of Valletta is just 20 minutes away by road.

Predominantly a residential area, Sliema may not have much to offer in terms of landmarks and attractions but it is a good base camp, if you like, to explore the surrounding areas outside of town.

However, the place does boast some excellent restaurants in Howard Street and its vicinity and a well-developed seafront with shaded seating, pebbled beaches, restaurants, cafes, and bars.

Some of the top swimming spots are:

Exiles – a long stretch of beach leading up to the Exiles beach club

Font Ghadir – a popular swimming and sunbathing area

Tigne – another great spot for swimmers offering spectacular views of Valletta and Manoel Island

Estimated daily expenses:

  • Hotel for two: £59.88 ($74.71)
  • Meal for two: £17.05 ($21.27)
  • Bottle of wine: £5.89 ($7.35)
  • Taxi: £2.52 ($3.14)
  • Cup of coffee: £1.26 ($1.57)
  • Cocktail: £4.59 ($5.73)
  • Pint of beer: £1.86 ($2.32)
  • Average expenditure per person per night: £51.64 ($64.45)

Kiev, Ukraine

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Straddling the Dnieper River, the city of Kiev is the capital of Ukraine and by far its largest and most important city in terms of industry, science, academia, and culture.

The city boasts great architectural beauty, world-famous attractions and landmarks, educational institutes of world repute, and a number of high-tech industries.

Some of the must-see attractions include:

Kiev Pechersk Lavra – Landmark monastery and cave systems
Golden Gate – 1980s replica of 11th-century Golden Gate, the main fortified entrance to the medieval city

Maidan Nezalezhnosti -. One of the city’s main squares, it is located on Khreshchatyk Street in the Shevchenko Raion

Saint Sophia’s Cathedral – Orthodox cathedral, founded in 1037, with monastic buildings, a gilt cupola, necropolis and museum

St Andrew’s Church – Lavish 18th-century baroque church with green onion-domes

St. Michael’s Golden – Domed Monastery – Lavish complex of Orthodox buildings comprising a cathedral, bell tower, refectory & gates, all built in Ukrainian Baroque style

Estimated daily expenses:

  • Hotel for two: £62.06 ($77.43)
  • Meal for two: £15.29 ($19.08)
  • Bottle of wine: £3.66 ($4.57)
  • Taxi: £1.55 ($1.93)
  • Cup of coffee: £0.94 ($1.17)
  • Cocktail: £2.99 ($3.73)
  • Pint of beer: £0.75 ($0.94)
  • Average expenditure per person per night: £46.73 ($58.32)

(Source: Google, independent.uk)

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