The thrill that comes with traveling to new places, experiencing different cultures and learning about the history and culture of a place is an amazing and irreplaceable feeling, don’t you agree? Every once in a while, it is important to take a break from your day to day hustles and routines, and take time off to relax, rejuvenate and explore the world. And learning something while you are at it is an added bonus.
Planning vacations that will be exciting, fun, affordable and yet educational seems almost next to impossible. However, this doesn’t have to be case. With proper research and planning, you could easily find hidden gems worldwide that will both satisfy your wanderlust and leave you thrilled, excited and looking forward to the next holiday so that you can take another trip.
Below are some of our favorite picks on vacations you could take that will be friendly to your budget, educational and fun!
From its pristine beaches and stunning architectural sites to untouched jungles, the South-East Asian country has an endless array of attractions. Few travelers, right from backpackers, luxury tourists, to families on vacation, are immune to the country’s beguiling charms and flock to see legendary sights and learn more about the country’s culture. The locals in Cambodia are incredibly hospitable too.
There are plenty of sights to visit like the famous Angkor Wat temple, one of the most impressive and excellently preserved temples. It is easy to get private and air-conditioned rooms for all little as $20, transportation for less than $20 and affordable food and drinks in the city.
2. South Africa.
South Africa is home to beautiful wildlife and a wide array of amazing natural wonders. You can easily experience the marvels of this great country on a budget without having to break your savings account, save for the traveling fees depending on where you are coming from. Cape Town, the heart of South Africa, is a striking metropolis with jaw-dropping natural wonders. On top of amazing landscapes and plenty of wildlife to explore, there are also a variety of other places to visit and things to do. The restaurants and bars are also wallet-friendly. To top it all up, some beaches and tourist attractions are completely free. Therefore if you are up for a safari adventure, South Africa is definitely the place to go.
3. South Korea.
Undoubtedly, South Korea is one of the greatest, yet undiscovered travel destinations around the world. Just like South-East Asia, its prices are pocket-friendly. South Korea is a vibrant place, full of history, tradition, high technology and exquisite dining. It offers a swathe of treasure from ancient cities like Silla and so much more than the buzzing urban expanse of the country's vibrant capital. Think taking a dip in the hot springs at the famous Seoraksan National Park, exploring natural wonders on the island of Jeju and the fascinating Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
With plenty of pristine beaches like Cocoa Beach and Ormond Beach, where you could get to see dolphins, turtles and incredible sunsets, Florida is the place to go. Not forgetting to mention scenic vacation destinations lie at Bonita Springs with an abundance of wildlife, beautiful vegetation and magical sunsets. There is also the Kennedy Space Centre which provides families with and educational experience that will not break the bank, the Canaveral National Seashore, an undeveloped beach with countless variety of plants and bird species, and the Sun coast Seabird Sanctuary which is a must see.
Did you know that the exchange rate for the euro, which is used in over 15 countries, is better than it has ever been in decades? What this means is that scenic European cities like Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Paris are more affordable than ever before. Get to explore the best museums in Amsterdam, rent bicycles and get cycling, and lose yourself in the world renowned Amsterdam Belt and canals. In Paris, get to feel the magic of the Eiffel Tower, visit art galleries and neat cafes in the city of love and learn so much about the European culture. All this at affordable costs.
There are endless reasons to want to visit Canada. Right from stunning mountain peaks, incredible skiing experiences and exciting cosmopolitan cities, Canada is simply irresistible. Break away from your normal chilled vacations and gear up for fun and adventure. To motivate you further, the exchange rates are the best they have ever been in six years. The Canadian dollars are the 15% less than they were last year. Unlike many vacations abroad, the flights are relatively cheap and take a shorter time. If you are in the US, driving is also an option making the road trip an even more fun experience.
7. Sidney, Australia.
If you have been dreaming of site-seeing in Sidney and relaxing on the tropical Australian beaches, this may be your best chance. Making this dream come true this year is going to cost you a lot less. Although flying halfway across the world may be a bit pricy, the cost of accommodation and spending while there is quite budget friendly. Get to visit the Outback, sight see around Sydney and even cuddle a koala without upsetting your bank account.
8. Central America.
Thinking of trekking through the jungle, roaming ancient ruins and eating delicious foods while on vacation? Try visiting countries in Central America like Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Here, you will find budget friendly hotels going as low as from $15 per night, cheap meals and beer going for even less than a dollar. There is so much to see, so much to learn, and so much to eat.
9. The Gambia, Africa.
Known to be one of the smallest countries in Africa, Gambia is a popular vacation attraction to international tourists. Many come to see the historic slave towns, explore the local music scene and frolic in the balmy water while getting a utopian tan. Best part about it is that the destination is absolutely budget friendly and you therefore, do not have to worry about spending fortunes on accommodation, food and site seeing. You could get a delicious serving of food and a local or international beer for as little as $10 and relax and sleep in stylish hotels for less than $30 per night.