5 Budget-friendly Travel Destinations That Must Be In Your Bucket List For 2019
Now that 2019 is here, most of us have started fixing our travel resolutions for the year and planning our bucket list. While many have already saved enough to go for an exotic luxury retreat at Bali or planning for a family holiday at LA, not all can afford it! But still, wanderlust keeps tickling the souls. Hence, we have prepared a list of few budget-friendly destinations that won't bite your wallet and also open the doors to step into some gorgeous destinations. Now, all that you need to do is to find the cheapest air tickets and wait till the time comes, to travel and explore.
1. A Backpacking Journey Across Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam)
Southeast Asia is considered to be one of the most affordable travel zones, and that's one of the main reasons why these countries are visited by millions each year. Whether it's the ruins of Angkor or the Halong Bay cruises in Vietnam - nothing in this region can fail to leave the travelers in awe! If you have been thinking about a budget trip in 2019, then trust me, book your tickets for Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, and set sails for an enriching journey. All these countries have had a disturbing past but they have all emerged out of the darkness, developing the tourism scene with all glory! There are numerous hotels and backpackers’ hostels, where you can find accommodation for as cheap as $ 1 per day! There's lip-smacking cuisine, pristine beaches, gorgeous natural caves, soothing hill stations, as well as friendly and warm locals - what more can one ask for? Take ample time out for exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Siem Reap (The Angkor Wat Temple Complex) and visit Sihanoukville, a not-much-known beach destination in Cambodia. Experience Vietnamese rural life in and around the mountain resort of Da Lat in the central highlands and walk down the lanes of Ho Chi Minh City, once known as Saigon. If you wish to be a responsible traveler and give something back to the society during your explorations, you can also join a volunteering project in Vietnam to teach kids at underprivileged schools in Ho Chi Minh City. Don't miss a boat ride on the Mekong River during sunset, while in Laos.
2. Join the Carnival in Cuba
This Caribbean island has always been in the limelight due to its relationship with the USA. But now that their relationship is warming up, it's better to visit Cuba before tourism in the country takes a major shift and the winds of capital totally wash away its authentic charm. A communist country for years, Cuba tried to hold on to the ideologies for ages and the uniqueness can be still traced. Fulfill your dreams of learning salsa at the clubs in Havana, experience the madness of the July Carnival of Santiago and relax by the beaches while dipping your toes in the warm Caribbean at the Varadero Beach - Cuba will simply leave you intoxicated! You can also get to learn Spanish while exploring Cuba! Stay with local Cuban families to get a true insight into Cuban life. Sit on their balcony and enjoy a sip of rum every evening with your hosts! Take the local transport and head out for exploring the markets - you'll get to buy some amazing stuff for great deals!
3. Experience the cultural richness of Morocco
A country with adequate European and Arabic influence - Moroccan culture something worth experiencing. As the recent data states, more than 8 million tourists come to the country every year in search of a beach break with a twist. And it just doesn't end there! From the sprawling Saharas to the gorgeous blue lanes of Chefchaouen - Morocco is nothing less than living a dream. One of the most affordable African destinations, you can opt for homestay accommodation or reasonable decent hotels in the country. You can either dine at the European-style cafes or at Moroccan restaurants - both will offer you delicious food. Sit on the banks of the Fez River, that runs through the Medina of Marrakesh which is one of the Heritage Cities of the world, as marked by UNESCO. Experience the beauty of the Saharan Desert while taking a camel ride or opt for a jeep safari that won't cost you as much as it would do in Dubai.
4. Explore the grandeur of India
You have always wanted to travel to India, but things never worked out - isn't it! Now is the time to stop procrastinating! In 2019, take that much-awaited trip to India and experience the richness of the country. India has been a popular destination for ages, and travelers always ran out of time while exploring the country. As they say, "One lifetime is too short to explore India properly!" Start your journey from the capital city of New Delhi - binge on some great street food and savor the spicy flavors of India! Head towards Agra to visit the monument of love - Taj Mahal, and witness the beauty of one of the seven wonders of the world. Continue your journey towards any of the hill stations tucked on the lap of the Himalayas. Spend your days looking at the snow-capped mountains, eat some delicious Tibetan cuisine that's available there, and experience the bliss of stargazing at night. You can further continue your journey and head out Mumbai, the financial capital of the country. From there, travel to Goa - also known as the Hippie Paradise of India! Goa is a place where party scenes never seem to stop, and you'll find some amazing delicacies and cheap alcohol - what more do you need for a beach holiday! Don't expect it to be Miami, but Goa will certainly be a delightful place to visit. You can also visit Pondicherry, which was once the French colony in India, and there are still certain sections of the town, that holds on to the colonial beauty. Apart from that, there's another beach option - Kerala, popularly known as God's Own Country, due to its pristine beauty.
5. Budget tour across Hungary
Known as "the Paris of Eastern Europe", Hungary will leave plenty of cash in your pocket. While most of the people still choose to see London, Amsterdam or Rome - Hungary often isn't one of the first choices of travelers. However, Hungary will surely not disappoint you. Budapest, the capital city on the banks of River Danube, is a definite must-see for anyone who wishes to absorb the Hungarian culture. Having tremendous influence of Turkish and Roman culture, Hungary has beautifully structured itself with the amalgamation of all good things. Explore the confectionaries and cafes where the aroma of coffee and creme lingers throughout the day. Rent a cycle and explore Budapest in a unique manner. The beauty of the sunset across the Danube will make a mark in your memory. With sit-down dinners for under $5, beers for $1 and hotel rooms for $10 - Budapest is a place for a beautiful bargain. You can go for a hike in the northern hills and explore the vineyards around Badacsony Hill. Hungary is also popular for several thermal spas across the country, as well as the gorgeous lakes - including Lake Balaton, which is the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe.
So, where would you go?