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Five Affordable World Travel Destinations


Locations
That Offer More But Cost Less

 


So
you want to travel the world but you have a tight budget? 
Are you tired of reading about everyone elseís exotic adventures and
ready to have some of your own?  Have
you always wanted to take an international vacation but thought you couldnít
afford it?  There are numerous
travel destinations across the world that are both exciting and affordable. 
Five of them are described here to give you ideas and get you started
planning your own getaway.



There
are two ways to approach affordable vacations to distant destinations. 
Either you will save money getting there or the savings will occur once
you arrive at your selected spot.  If
you want the trip there to be affordable, many travel consolidators recommend
choosing well-known destinations that are served by numerous airlines and
receive millions of travelers each year.  The
competition for customers usually drives costs down for everything from lodging
to tour packages.  Airfares between
major hubs tend to be more affordable and there are often plenty of discounts
and last minute travel deals.


London

In
Europe, London is a top pick for affordable vacation destinations, for these
exact reasons.  Not only do you have
more flights to choose from, they are cheaper than if you flew to a more remote
location. On average, staying in
London may be a bit more expensive than other European destinations, but the
seemingly endless choices in hotels, restaurants, transportation, tours, and
other travel essentials gives travels opportunities to mold their vacation to
fit their budgets.  And you can use
London as your home base to set out on day trips to other more exotic locations
or buy a Eurorail pass and see those more remote countries without the expense
of flying there.


Playa
del Carmen, Mexico

This
theory also works well for traveling in the Caribbean. 
Belize is an appealing destination, with wonderful Caribbean beaches and
a lush tropic setting, but since it has only recently emerged as a popular
travel destination, it is more expensive than Cancun, Jamaica or other
well-traveled locations along the Mayan Riviera. 
With fewer flights, getting there is more expensive, and there are few
moderate lodging options. Development
of larger luxury resorts have begun to boom, but the only real alternative for
those on a budget is staying in local facilities that may be hard to locate from
home and may be more rustic than most travelers are willing to try.


Although
there are many options for affordable vacations in the Caribbean, an excellent
pick is Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  Accessible
via flights to Cancun, which are often some of the cheapest in the region, Playa
is just a half hour away.  It is
filled with a multitude of lodging choices, from expansive luxury resorts on the
ocean to quaint but clean hotels downtown. 
From Playa, travelers can branch out and visit Tulum and other locations
on the Mayan Riviera or take the ferry across to the island of Cozumel where
snorkeling is prime and the attractions are many.


For
Asian destinations, travelers often do better to focus on saving money once they
get to their destination. Depending
on your country of origin, getting to just about any spot in Asia is going to be
a sizable chunk of your travel budget.  The
difference will come from the cost of lodging, food, entertainment and other
travel expenditures once you arrive. By
choosing destinations where you get the most for your money, you can save a
great deal on your international vacation. 
A drink or dinner in Tokyo will cost you many times more than what it
would in Saigon. The key here is to
go where your dollars buy you more and where the local cost of living is low.


Tioman
Island

An
affordable yet exotic choice for Asia is Malaysia and specifically Tioman
Island, knows as the
mythical 'Bali Hai' from the film 'South Pacific.í 
Tioman Island is located at the southern end of the east coast of
Malaysia on the South China Sea. Its sandy beaches, bordered by lush jungles and
stunning mountains make it a relaxing yet intriguing destination, ideal for sun
lovers, snorkelers and divers.  The
island also has many villages for exploring and shopping. 
English is widely spoken and the
rates are amazingly affordable, with a two night lodging package for a suite at
a lovely oceanside resort averaging around 100 U.S. dollars. 
Typically visitors reach the island via the speed ferry from the
mainland. Although the trip can
take over two hours, it is enjoyable and provides opportunities for dolphin
watching along the way.


 


Buenos
Aires

South
America also has many destinations that are affordable because of the savings
once you arrive. Locales like
Rio
de Janeiro in Brazil, the areas top destination, are coming down in price but
are still more expensive than cities such as Buenos Aires in Argentina, where
the rates are lower and the U.S. dollar goes further.


 


A
huge metropolis that is more European than South American, the city has much to
offer including cultural events, thriving nightlife, shopping, local sports, and
a host of tours and excursions. La
Boca, with its street performers, shops, and unique architecture is a big
tourist draw.  The large number of
choices for lodging, restaurants, and activities provides opportunities for
budget travel and savings. Airfare to the city is relatively reasonable for an
international destination, with discount fares from the U.S. averaging around
$500 round trip.  Buenos Aires might
not be one of the most exotic or inspiring destinations in South America, but it
is a city that everyone should see at least once, and with some of the most
affordable rates and fares around, it makes the list as a top South American
destination.


 


Las
Vegas

The
list would not be complete without a North American destination, and the champ
of all affordable locales is Las Vegas.  It
too is a city that should be seen at least once, and many world travelers return
again and again for the gaming, art, shows and people watching that just canít
be found anywhere else. Close
enough to other top U.S. attractions like the Grand Canyon, Vegas provides other
options for those who have had their fill of casinos.


 


The
city has long been known for its cheap vacation packages with hotels and resorts
that offer discount rates for rooms, meals and entertainment in hopes of
attracting people to their gaming tables. Airfare
rates into Vegas are some of the most reasonable in the United States, no matter
the origination destination. And
with more than 100,000 hotel rooms to choose from, there is sure to be a lodging
choice that fits your budget.


 


The
world provides hundreds of affordable travel destinations. With all the options available, there is no excuse to put off that
life-long desire to travel to exotic places at the far ends of the earth. Destinations can be researched on the Internet or your
travel
consolidator can make
recommendations and help with locating cheap
international airfare
and
lodging rates
that fit your budget.  So
what are you waiting for?  Get out
there and explore the world.


 


About
the Author

C.J.
Gustafson is a freelance writer and photographer who travels extensively for
work and family
vacations
. 
A cheapskate by nature and necessity, she is always on the lookout for
bargain travel deals and affordable vacation destinations. 


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