Liberating, adventurous, and enriching – traveling is perhaps one of the best therapies for the mind and soul.
For the wanderlust, one way to quench our thirst for adventure is to find travel destinations across the globe that are friendlier to the pocket.
There’s so much out there to see and so little time to explore it all! Let’s get started on our five cheapest places to visit this year.
For the Ones Who Love the Sand and the Beach
We’ve picked two destinations by the Big Blue for you that offer reasonable rates of food, transport, and lodging.
An exotic tropical retreat, Sri Lanka has thick rainforests, sandy beaches, and vibrant ethnic culture to fill your senses and satisfy your wanderlust.
From featured tours to safaris, from the delectable cuisine of curries cooked in spices, vegetables, and fruit, to lounging at the most turquoise beaches, Sri Lanka is the destination for those who appreciate nature at its best.
TripAdvisorIndia has laid out a detailed list of things to do while abroad in Sri Lanka.
Accommodation options include many hotels and resorts to choose from, though Airbnb locations that are as low as $20 could be more adventurous and not burden the budget.
An equally enriching experience for those who love some sandy beaches and thick, lush greenery, Malaysia is one of the best tropical retreats in Southeast Asia.
You will find modernity in architecture in the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. It is inspired by the rich cultural heritage and religious backgrounds of Neo Moorish (Mughal), Modern Malay, Islamic, and strong accents from the architectural heritage of Grecian-Spanish. The Petronas Twin Towers are monumental.
The pristine Malaysian beaches are known around the globe for their serenity and offer a variety of holiday options. Head to Langkawi for snorkeling and some great shopping and luxury vacation; and to Tioman Island if you are passionate about exploring the measures taken to preserve endangered turtle species. Or, just go to Layang-Layang if peace and solitude are what you seek.
CNN Travel drew up an irresistible list of the 10 best islands to plan a vacation to that we just can’t get over!
The food is just great – the Malaysian cuisine is inspired by a mixed cultural heritage of Asian and Indian origin. You’ll find hot and spicy dishes with more vibrant, layered, and exotic flavors made from combining chilies, spices, and other ingredients. These delectable Malaysian dishes are mesmerizing for the taste buds.
Accommodations range from luxury hotels to best budget deals offering something for everyone.
For the Ones Who Prefer Thrilling Historical Destinations
South America offers some of the best world destinations for the heady traveler. The Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, Peru, to the awe-inspiring Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio Janeiro, Brazil, to the Obelisco de Buenos Aires, Argentina – South America cannot be ignored from any list for world travel destinations.
Peru, South America
Fascinating the imagination of book writers, movie makers, historians, and adventurers, Peru offers the most intricate sneak peek into the ancient ruins of civilizations of the past – and some adventuresome rainforests and fascinating influence of the Amazon culture.
And in Peru there are some beautiful beaches as well, like the Trujillo that offers colonial cultural accents, budget-friendly upscale dining, and some traditional Peruvian cuisines.
The famous Amazon rainforest runs through 13% of Peru, offering the most diverse species of birds, flowering plants, and mammals.
Iquitos Amazon jungle region will let you view the majestic Amazon river and take a boat across!
Hotels and Airbnb options are available to find accommodations for every budget. Use the TripAdvisor search engine to get the best deals for your holiday.
A Transcontinental Flavor for Your Senses
A mix of two worlds, Turkey taps into Europe while most of the country is located in Western Asia. Surrounded by the Aegean, Mediterranean, and the Black Sea, Turkey boasts a rich historical heritage ranging from early Christian and Byzantine periods to the famous epicenter of the grand Ottoman Empire.
Tourism has seen a constant rise in this mystical land. There are many historical places to visit that are treasured as world heritage sites, such as Bursa, City of Safranbolu, the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi, and the Süleymaniye Mosque, among many others.
The heavily mixed culture is fantastic to experience – across the street you will find a mosque, a church on the other side, and a modern community center nearby. A culture of inviting cultures is the endearing beauty of Istanbul.
Doner kebab, Baklava, Turkish delight, and Kofte are some of the headiest aromatic pleasures inspired by Ottoman cuisine and accented by Central Asian and Middle Eastern (Arab) cuisines. Turkish food is growing in popularity among fast food options.
Istanbul is one of the largest cities of Turkey, and just visiting this city will satiate your wanderlust for a spiritual journey.
The Road Less Traveled
From among our selection of best destinations across the globe for the ardent travelers, the Hunza Valley, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, is a mountainous valley that is no less than paradise on earth.
James Hilton’s famous novel, Lost Horizon, is said to have been inspired by the rugged and the transcendent beauty of the Hunza Valley.
Located in the north of Pakistan and meeting the Xinjiang region of China, Hunza is a growing tourist attraction. Rakaposhi, in Hunza, stands 7,788 m tall and is located in the Karakoram mountain range. Rakaposhi is ranked as the 27th highest peak in the world.
The temperature reaches a minimum of 50 °F in May and 36 °F in October. These are the best times to visit Hunza.
The brilliant ice blue Attabad Lake surrounded by mountainous peaks are wondrous to behold. The winding roads and majestic landscapes are spiritually uplifting and enlightening – inspiring for the ardent traveler. Learn more about the Hunza Valley as a popular tourist attraction.
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