10 Affordable Holiday Destinations To Try

10 Affordable Holiday Destinations To Try

Last Updated on March 1, 2023

With the cost of living crisis drawing in, people around the world are looking for ways to spend a little less money. Many people are cutting back on their expenses in clever and creative ways, shopping for goods second-hand, or creating new budgets that incorporate updated expenses and income numbers. One way you can cut back on your spending is to pick some slightly less expensive holiday destinations. Many of the places on this list can be visited just by looking into online loans to fund your trip; that’s how cost-effective they are. Here are 10 affordable holiday destinations to try:

1. Morocco

Other North African countries like Egypt can sometimes set you back a fair amount due to their huge amount of history, but Morocco is an extremely storied nation as well, and it’ll cost you much less to visit. The bazaars of Marrakech must be seen to be believed, and if you want some classic seaside vibes, then you should head to the western area of Morocco, which is teeming with tourist-friendly spots that don’t get anywhere near as much foot traffic as they should.

2. Cambodia


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Cambodia is so much more than just the temple at Angkor Wat (although that’s definitely something you should try to see at least once in your life as well). There’s plenty to see and do in Cambodia, including delicious food consisting of meat and vegetable broth with noodles. Of course, Angkor Wat is going to be busy all year round, but it’s not hard to wander off the beaten path in Cambodia and find something that’s well worth seeing.

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3. Kenya


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If you’re hankering to get out of the urban jungle and head to a spot of natural beauty instead, then the Eastern African nation of Kenya will do just fine for that. It has bustling metropolises if you do want to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle, but it’s also got nature reserves teeming with savannah wildlife. Beautiful elephants, majestic lions, and lightning-fast cheetahs are just some of the animals Kenya has to offer, and it won’t cost you a pretty penny to see them.

4. Bulgaria

Bulgaria isn’t often at the top of people’s European destinations list, but we think that’s a crying shame. It’s a gorgeous country that has plenty to offer, including a surprisingly thriving beach scene. When you’re done soaking up the sun, the city of Sofia is a beautiful place to take in the urban culture of Bulgaria, and it’s got plenty of amazing restaurants and shopping experiences to try out as well. Put Bulgaria on your bucket list and you won’t be disappointed.

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5. Bolivia

Despite its reputation as the cheapest country to visit in the whole of South America, Bolivia does not disappoint. It has incredible vistas to see from its cable cars, and it’s also got its fair share of cities to explore and get lost in. Bolivian cuisine isn’t entirely based on fish, but you will be able to devour some of the finest fresh fish on the continent here, and if you look in the right places, you’ll be able to eat a three-course lunch for almost nothing at all.

6. Turkey


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Another nation that has a huge amount of history and a ton of things going for it, Turkey is also a country that many travellers dodge for some unknown reason. You shouldn’t; Istanbul is one of the most storied cities in the world, and walking its streets for just a few minutes will give you an impression of the centuries of history behind it. Of course, there’s also a thriving street food scene in Istanbul and other Turkish cities, so you can get some food cooked with love and care for very little cash.

7. Jamaica

When people describe Jamaica as a sun-drenched paradise, they’re really not kidding. Despite the scorching heat (or perhaps, indeed, because of it), Jamaica is a great place to go if you’re looking to get away from wet and windy weather. Montego Bay is the place to be if you’re a fan of swimming or snorkelling, and of course, you have to visit Kingston for its urban culture. Jamaican food is gorgeous, too, so make sure to seek out an authentic local restaurant.

8. Estonia


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You don’t hear a lot about Estonia’s stunning tourist scene, but you should, because this country has far more to offer than you might think. If you’re a diving enthusiast, then you simply must see the breathtaking Underwater Prison in Ruumu, which is now a popular tourist spot (although it’s not for the unadventurous). The food here is simply stunning, too, with fish aplenty on offer as well as cured meats and lots more. You’ll want to go back once you leave!

9. Portugal

You really wouldn’t think of Portugal as being a cheap country to visit, but a recent fall in prices means that it’s pretty much a prime target for tourists looking to save a little cash right now. Lisbon is just as beautiful as it’s always been, and Portuguese small-plate food is as appetising and delicious as ever, so make sure to pencil in some time at a local restaurant or bodega. You’ll also find some gorgeous views when the Portuguese sun starts to set.

10. Greece

Another country with some absolutely stunning views and a whole lot of history to soak up, recent price falls mean that Greece is a prime holiday destination if you want to spend a bit less on your trip. The sights of Athens and other cities need not be extolled, but places like Kefalonia and Paros (see here for some beautiful villas in Paros) should also be on your list if you want to see the “real” Greece. Make sure to seek out some local moussaka and souvlaki in order to sample proper Greek food as well.

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About Maria Kennedy

Maria Kennedy is the managing editor at Travel for Food Hub. Maria is on a full-tilt mission to share local food and travel inspiration. When she is not writing about food and travel, startups or social media, she is enjoying her time with her boys in sunny Spain.

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