Are you hoping to go on a trip in 2019? Just because you’re on a student budget doesn’t mean you can’t go somewhere amazing. If you plan it right, bring along some friends, and prepare for an adventure, you can have a great trip for much less than you expect. One of the best ways to save on travel is to head to a destination that’s not quite as booming with tourists. You can enjoy local prices – plus local culture. If you’re hoping to out a destination a bit off the beaten path this year, consider these cheap travel options.
This tiny island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean might be a bit tough to get to, but once you’re there, it’s very affordable. t’s very off-the-beaten path, but with great hiking, fascinating English mixed with island culture, good food and even the world’s most remote golf course. The airport alone makes it worth a visit as they shaved down the side of a mountain to make it possible.
The Balkan Peninsula
Some parts of Europe can be extremely expensive to travel in – but not the Balkan Peninsula. Including Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, it’s a stunning (and affordable!) place to visit.
In Montenegro, take a boat tour to Perast, Porto Montenegro, Our Lady of the Rocks, then wrap up the trip by kayaking and paddle boarding on the beach nearby. Other fun activities include paragliding and diving. The best part is that all of these activities are way cheaper compared to other European cities.
Another European destination! This Eastern European country is home to many universities and travelers can feel the student atmosphere throughout. The red bricked city offers culture, amazing parks and greenery.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
For European flair in South America, Buenos Aires is the place to go. The streets are lined with grand European-style architecture, cozy cafes and endless parks. The staples of life in this budget-friendly city are steak, wine, empanadas and ice cream.
George Town, Malaysia
When you arrive in this city, you might just want to cancel your return flight. A mixture of cultures, cuisines and architecture come together to create an atmosphere that’s completely unique. Chinese, Indian, Malay and British influences can be seen at every turn you make in this Penang Island UNESCO World Heritage Site. What makes George Town stand out are the quarters that make up the city, each one boasting a distinct community and history, all linked together by the beautiful street art found throughout.
With a diverse population, beautiful culture and amazing food, George Town is a perfect addition to anyone’s travel bucket list.
The capital of Taiwan is growing in popularity in East Asia but often goes unnoticed by the masses. In comparison to Hong Kong or Tokyo, Japan, think of Taipei as the quieter kid on the block. With some of the best food markets in the whole of Asia, buzzing shopping districts like Xiamen and the stunning nearby Yangminshan National Park, Taipei offers something for everyone. While not as cheap as some SE Asian countries, like Vietnam, it’s still a great budget travel destination.
Where are you hoping to go in 2019?