Absolute Budget-Friendly Tourist Destinations to Help you Travel Economically

“To travel is to live.’ – this quote by Hans Christian Anderson perfectly captures a wayfarer’s passion. Unfortunately, to travel in present times, one also needs to back that passion with strong finance. Today, if someone considers a travel destination, the most important factor that can discourage a travel plan is the amount of money one needs to spend on a relaxing holiday. However, if you don’t consider the luxury and hyped-up facilities, it is quite manageable to plan a memorable holiday on a budget. If you love to travel but find yourself backing out of a holiday plan due to the fear of incurring huge expenses overseas, not to worry as the world is filled with destinations that are alluring to explore yet does not burn a hole in the pocket. Here are a few selected destinations that you can visit on a shoestring budget.

Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan

Often referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Central Asia’, Kyrgyzstan is a beautiful country to travel to and frugal as well moneywise. Some say that your cost per day in this country can be less than 20 US$. The capital city – Bishkek is a pleasant town located at the foothills of Tian Shan mountain terrains that has some marvelous places for visitors to explore. A stroll around the city and visit to prominent highlights such as Ala-Too Square, Osh Bazaar and quaint cafes in the town are fascinating ways to spend your time in the city. The Issyk-Ata Gorge famous for hot sulphur springs and the Ala Archa National Park which are set a few minutes away from Bishkekare other outdoor attractions with Kyrgyzstan’s jaw-dropping sceneries you can view at merely a dollar or two.

Dubai in the UAE

Dubai might sound like the wrong destination for a budget holiday. However, you will be surprised to find out that among the best places to visit in Dubai, some hardly cost a few dimes or are absolutely free. With a little bit of research, you can find a treasure trove of fascinating things in Dubai at reasonable rates. For starters, there is the Global Village Dubai – a multicultural arena that is open for all in the winter months of Dubai free of cost. An abra ride on Dubai Creek that lets you witness the astounding city skyline of Dubai costs merely 1 dirham. A beautiful wildlife haven right in the middle of Dubai city known as Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary lets you witness a scenery swarmed with pink flamingoes without spending a penny. These are a few of the options; Dubai is brimming with many such places that won’t stress your holiday budget.

Tbilisi in Georgia

Offering a charming blend of European and Asian influences, Georgia has not got its share of credit as a gorgeous travel destination to date. This Caucasian country is filled with historic sites, churches and beautiful vineyards that are a perfect fit for a budget vacation. Tbilisi is steeped in historic relics with a hint of modern touches. Sites like the Old Town, Mtatsminda Park and numerous art nouveau cathedrals cost few dollars for impressive experiences.

Marrakesh in Morocco

Flanked by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea coupled with desert and mountain sceneries, Morocco is a destination that intrigues the wanderlust in you to explore. The eclectic mix of African and Middle Eastern influences is seamlessly fused with warm hospitality. At Marrakech, the sights are dominated by bustling streets intertwined with ancient landmarks and heritage architectures. The city is best explored on foot where you get to encounter the artistic wonders of the past. Places like Bahia Palace, Djemaa el-Fna and old medinas showcase some of Marrakech’s beautiful tile works, mosaics and intricate wood carvings. Go souk wandering in a labyrinth of alleys lined with colorful street shops and explore the shopping and food scene. This is where you need to watch out and make sure you don’t go overboard with your budget on shopping and dining in this gorgeous city.

Negombo in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an amazing destination to visit for nature lovers and beach enthusiasts. This tiny, tear-drop shaped island country is teeming with some of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. The coastal town of Negombo is one of the best places in Sri Lanka that offers the perfect dose of sun, sand and sea. The white sandy beaches are picture-perfect and the adjacent coastal townships are peppered with the colonial heritage that is a delight to visit. The town is set close to the airport and travel facilities are reasonably priced. The place is amazing for laid-back relaxation to recharge yourself amid soothing ocean waves and relish on scrumptious seafood delicacies.

Musandam in Oman

Forget the sultry city tours and pause to enjoy the beauty of nature. Musandam in Oman stands out as a stark contrast to the Middle East’s otherwise scenarios of glistening modern skylines or arid desert landscapes. One thing to be aware in Oman is that the country has one of the strongest currencies in the world. Then, how can one enjoy an economical holiday in Oman? Simple, get outdoorsy and away from the city and venture out to Musandam. Tagged as the ‘Norway of Arabia’, the scenery you witness here is spellbinding. Jagged rocks taper down to valleys edged by emerald green waters – an expedition to Musandam lets you taste freedom in the wilderness. Set sail on traditional boats and meander through the breathtaking fjords of Arabia, go dolphin spotting, try your trekking skills at Jebel Harim, and dive deep into the waters for snorkeling sessions. Musandam is a great place to enjoy a relaxing day amid nature and even camp for a day in beautiful Omani vistas.

In the end, only a travel plan with a purpose can stand effective for budget travel. To determine how expensive a trip will be depending on your choices. Every destination has a luxurious side as well. On a budget trip, being economical and not getting carried away by impulse buying or splurging on high-end leisure is a tough but necessary choice. Being mindful of  your budget is the key to a memorable and stress-free holiday.

About the author:

Monica Singh is a freelance travel writer by profession. She is particularly fond of travelling and loves to jot down her experiences and cultural diversities of different countries.

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