The summer is finally here and you are probably planning your next trip. If you are looking for a cheap destination please check our list with carefully selected places that won’t cost you a fortune and you’ll have a memorable time.
Even though the experts are predicting that travel prices are on the rise this year, with flights, hotel prices expected to go up by 3.7%, it’s still possible to take a budget trip in 2018 — if you know where to go. There still are vacation spots that offer plenty of things to do at reasonable prices.
20. Saint Martin (Island)
Saint Martin is part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. It comprises 2 separate countries, divided between its northern French side, called Saint-Martin, and its southern Dutch side, Sint Maarten. It was almost destroyed by Hurricane Irma but it has almost fully recovered from it. The airport Princess Juliana International Airport has been open since November 2017. Because the tourists are still wary most hotels have big discounts (Hotel from $170 night and Airbnb could be found from $60 per night). The island still remains a home to busy resort beaches and secluded coves. It’s also known for delicious cuisine, lively nightlife and duty-free shops selling jewelry and liquor.
19. The Cook Islands
The Cook Islands is a nation in the South Pacific, with political links to New Zealand. Its 15 islands are scattered over a vast area. The largest island, Rarotonga, is home to rugged mountains and Avarua, the national capital. The country is renowned for its many snorkeling and scuba-diving sites. Take your pick on where to stay – a 3-star hotel could be found for $180 night and you’ll find reasonably-priced luxury alongside Airbnbs.
18. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe is the New Mexico capital and sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. It is the oldest capital in the States – 407 years old. It’s famous for its Pueblo-style architecture and as a creative arts spot that is attracting artists and healers from around the world. It’s an ideal escape for nature lovers, art enthusiasts, and spa seekers. You can find hotels that offer a stay from around $100 night.
17. Vancouver, Canada
Canada is not a very exotic place for a holiday you’d probably think. One of the greatest benefits is that the exchange rate is in favor of the U.S. dollar. That makes luxury hotels in the naturally stunning city of Vancouver are super affordable. A 3-star hotel’s average price is $250 night.
16. Moab, Utah
Moab is a city in eastern Utah and is a great place to travel to if you are looking to explore the outdoors. It’s a gateway to massive red rock formations in Arches National Park. Southwest, Canyonlands National Park features mesas and buttes carved by the Green and Colorado rivers, plus Native American rock art. Dinosaur tracks can be found at sites like Bull Canyon Overlook and Copper Ridge. In the city, collections at the Museum of Moab include dinosaur bones and archaeological artifacts. You can camp for free in many different areas around town, or there are also hotels and Airbnbs with average prices starting $87 night. In Moab, the variety of activities are endless. You can go and try skydive, rock climbing, kayaking, explore the national parks, rafting, off-road, camp and more.
15. Central Coast, California
The Central Coast is an area of California, United States, roughly spanning the coastal region between Point Mugu and Monterey Bay. The small towns along the way are an unexpected surprise for many California coast road trippers. The coastline offers a variety of surf and fishing places and not far from the coats you’ll find Paso Robles’s winery including tastings. Pismo Beach and quaint Moonstone Beach in Cambria offer the largest selection of lodging with the best value outside of the holidays and summer.
14. Oaxaca, Mexico
Oaxaca is a state in southern Mexico known for its indigenous cultures. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places to visit in Mexico with its colorful markets, charming architecture, cobblestone streets, fun festivals, and delicious food. In the main square, El Zócalo stands the baroque Catedral de Oaxaca. Beyond the city, pre-Columbian archaeological sites include Mitla, Yagul and Monte Albán, the Zapotec capital dating to around 500 B.C. You can book a room at most very good hotels in town for as low as $86 a night.
13. South Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe is a California resort city on Lake Tahoe, in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s known for nearby ski resorts and beaches, like El Dorado Beach, with its picnic areas. The southern shore of the lake, known as South Tahoe, straddles two states and is known to be the livelier shore. There is a booming craft beer scene, and they even have a beer map for visitors. The lake is also known to be one of the oldest, deepest, largest, deepest and purest lakes in the world. The average price for a 3-star hotel starts at $160.
12. San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital and largest city, sits on the island’s Atlantic coast. Its widest beach fronts the Isla Verde resort strip, known for its bars, nightclubs, and casinos. Cobblestoned Old San Juan features colorful Spanish colonial buildings and 16th-century landmarks. One of the best parts about visiting Puerto Rico is that no passport is needed for U.S. citizens. There are plenty of attractions both in San Juan — from the charm and bright colors of Old San Juan to go to a tour at one of the most famous rums factory, the Bacardi Factory ($15 for a historical tour) — and outside, such as a trip to El Yunque National Forest, you’ll have a lot to do. Flights to San Juan generally will run you less than $250 from the East Coast and the average stay is $106 night, which makes it a perfectly close and affordable getaway.
11. The Caribbean
The Caribbean Islands is a massive archipelago located in the Caribbean Sea. The devastating hurricanes of 2017 impacted just a portion of the Caribbean region but it damaged some of its more cruise-popular spots. Most of the islands are under significant rebuilding but they are actually now open to cruise ships and tourists, this could be a perfect year to explore more exotic islands for a reasonable price. There’s plenty of cruise capacity in this region, particularly when it comes to small ship sailings.
10. Phuket, Thailand
Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is one of the top cheapest destinations and it is also known for its nice people, affordable hotels and amazing food. Phuket City, the capital, has old shophouses and busy markets. Patong, the main resort town, has many nightclubs, bars, and discos. You can easily find a nice place to stay for $50 a night.
9. Trujillo, Peru
Peru and more specifically it’s most north beaches are an excellent budget destination. Trujillo is a lively coastal city with warm-colored colonial buildings dating back to its status as a colonial powerhouse. It offers excellent cultural and adventure activities, as well as upscale restaurants that are surprisingly affordable ($10-15). Trujillo is home to the former capital of the Chimú people, the behemoth archaeological site of Chan Chan. It continues to keep traditions alive by hosting prestigious events such as the month-long Marinera Dance Festival. The average 4-star hotel price starts from $65 a night.
8. Manaus, Amazon, Brazil
Manaus is a top destination if you are looking for adventure travel or sedated wildlife and photography sojourn or a serious eco-tour. Although it’s a city of 1 million inhabitants, Manaus is mainly famous as the gateway to the Amazon rainforest. Day-trip options include short visits to the rainforest as well as the Presidente Figueiredo Waterfalls and Gruta do Refugio do Maroaga, a cave filled with marine life and bats. The accommodation prices start from $63 all year round.
7. Mo’orea, French Polynesia
Mo’orea is a South Pacific island, part of French Polynesia’s Society Islands archipelago. It’s known for its jagged volcanic mountains and sandy beaches. The accommodation is extremely affordable with prices for Airbnb properties starting at $40 a night and 5-star hotels average prices of $200. Mo’orea offers beautiful sandy beaches and warm water, you can also join an organized trip on the island. The food is more expensive but there are a lot of grocery stores where you can buy sandwiches for as low as $4. The best part about that island is that access from the U.S. is very easy. You can take a 30-minute ferry ride from Papeete, Tahiti, whose airport offers direct flights from many cities in the U.S.
6. Pompano Beach, Florida
Pompano Beach is a Florida city just north of Fort Lauderdale. It’s known for its beaches, marinas and offshore coral reef, plus numerous wrecks and other dive sites. Pompano Beach is an affordable and family-friendly alternative to other South Florida hotspots. Average rates for hotel rooms run only $124 a night. That’s less than what you’d pay to stay in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, or West Palm Beach. Pompano offers more than enough to satisfy every kind of water sports enthusiast. From the shore, you can access natural coral reefs. Scuba divers can swim around 18 shipwrecks in the area’s water.
5. Glen Arbor, Michigan
Perfectly positioned on a small strip of land running between Glen Lake and Sleeping Bear Bay, Glen Arbor offers visitors the best of Northern Michigan. Water laps at a shore of white sand, inviting quiet sunbathers, hikers and water-sport enthusiasts. Glen Arbor is situated in the middle of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a federally protected park, delivering easy access to 65 miles of shoreline, forested islands, walking trails, and the park’s most prominent feature: mammoth sand dunes. Climb to the overlooks at the Sleeping Bear, Empire, or Pyramid Point bluffs and you’ll be a treated to lake views from more than 400 feet up. The average hotel night is $150.
4. Anaheim, California
Top-notch theme parks, nearby California beaches, and sunshine-filled days make Anaheim perfect for families who want to make lasting memories—at Disneyland and elsewhere. “Home to a major league baseball team and professional hockey teams and positioned with access to some of the best beaches, Anaheim has a little something for everyone in the family. The hotels night is $167 a night.
3. Mount Desert Island, Maine
Visiting Mount Desert Island you can go out on a lobster boat, see tiny lobster hatchlings at the Oceanarium and eat all kinds of seafood and every variety of lobster dish, they even offer lobster ice cream. Come to this part of Maine for the stellar views, the historic July 4 celebration and Acadia National Park, where you can hike, bike ride on the famous carriage roads. There are plenty of sailing trips, whale-watching tours, farmer’s markets for picnic fixings, outdoor movies at Seaside Cinema. The average accommodation here starts at $100 for a 3-star hotel.
2. Nyack, New York
If you are looking to escape the Big Apple for a quick weekend getaway, then head just 20 miles north of New York City to the charming and historic town of Nyack. The town has a Hamptons-esque vibe and sits on the banks of the Hudson River. There are lots of affordable ways to enjoy this emerging hot spot, including taking a hike along the Nyack State Beach Park’s 61 acres of riverfront. There’s a great, walkable downtown, where you can get your shopping fix and choose from the many restaurants that make this town a true foodie haven. The hotels here start at $160 a night.
1. Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai is Hawaii’s Garden Island, and it offers a range of sights and attractions, from its rugged coastline, botanical gardens, and waterfalls to its historic small towns and colorful culture. The Hawaiian islands can be expensive, but Kauai is surprisingly affordable if you know where to stay and dine — and when to go. Nature lovers fall hard for a variety of outdoor adventures. Kayak the Wailua River. The average stay in a 3-star hotel starts at $180.