2017 is coming to a close and you still haven’t kept your promise to travel more. You see all your friends and friends of friends traveling all over the place and you always seem to have a valid reason why you can’t. I’m not a fan of excuses, but for the purpose of being helpful, I’ll pretend like you’ve been waiting for 2018 to roll around to travel.
Keeping in mind the most common excuse of “I don’t have money” I’ve prepped a list of great destination for budget travel in 2018. And, just so you know, airfares are supposed to drop next year according to the American Express global business travel report and I trust they know their shit. Pair that with the fact that the dollar is on a slight rise and you have the perfect conditions for budget travel.
I know you’re anxious to know where you can travel on the cheap. This means a location that is both cheap and will allow your dollar to go a long way. The below list was compiled with the help of Benet J. Wilson and her site: https://refinedtraveler.co/. She actually has set out a list of 30 possible destinations, but I’m going to drop them five at a time because let’s face it, we’re lazy readers.
Cool, so hold on to your fuckin’ passports because here we go! (Destinations 1-5 of 30)
1 – Mazatlan, Mexico
Yup. Skip Cancun for once. Mexico is affordable as hell. One US dollar is about $20 pesos. You’ll be ballin’. Mazatlan is a cultured beach town and is also home of some of the best Mexican seafood in Mexico.
Hotels and other accomodations are looowwww. How low? Well you can stay at a hotel with 3 of your friends for $100 a night. That’s $25 per person per night. And, I’m not talking hole in the wall.
So, head on over to Mazatlan, Sinaloa. Party it up with some Banda and post a selfie on Instagram. Make sure you tag @Catching.Planes to show me you went.
2 – South Africa
US dollar exchange rate isn’t too bad. Hotels are fairly priced and you can get around with Uber at a more than fair price.
If you like wine, you’ll love this place. Wine is said to be cheaper than a can of soda here. And, it’s locally produced. Also, it’s SOUTH AFRICA!
3 – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Yes, Puerto Rico is in clean-up mode after a hurricane. So keep that in mind and maybe check up on conditions of the island before traveling.
Puerto Rico is the easiest way to get a Caribbean experience if you’re traveling from the US. In fact, you don’t even need a passport or need to worry about exchanging currency. Puerto Rico is a US territory, but you already knew that, right?
San Juan, Puerto Rico is a great colonial city surrounded by rich history. The people are friendly and always smiling. Walk around San Juan, grab a beer from a bar and join in on the dancing on the street.
4 – Chile
Again, great exchange rate. The city of Santiago has a great culinary scene. Enjoy some tapas and trendy spots. You can also go into chill mode by visiting one of the the smaller towns like Puerto Varas on the lake. It’s near where Patagonia starts.
Rent a car for a good price and drive around to food, a volcano, waterfalls and of course more food!
5 – Crete
Ahhh, Greece is one of my favorite destinations. It has over 1,200 islands, and Crete is a large one.
Ever wondered how you can live to be over 100 years old. This place may hold the secret. Many of the people who live here live rich and long lives. Perhaps it’s their food, perhaps it’s the beach. Find out for yourself.
Head over to Balos beach. Locals are known for welcoming tourists. Just don’t be a douche. Greece is in a sort of economic crisis. This means that your dollar will go a long way.
There you have it! 5 great destinations for budget travel. There are 25 more to go, so stay tuned. Subscribe to this blog and make sure you’re following @Catching.Planes on Instagram where you can DM if you want hookup on flights.