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Check Out These Bargain Destinations
As every traveler knows, getting around can be expensive. But Lonely Planet suggests some places where you can travel for less. Its best-value travel destinations for 2015 are:
Tunisia. This North African country has settled down after some unrest, and it is going all-out to convince travelers to return. Prices are lower, but crowds also are likely to be smaller, which is a win-win.
South Africa. Currency fluctuations in the South African rand make this destination even more popular with the value-conscious. But it has more to offer than bargains, starting with beautiful seaside vistas and wild animal safaris at a variety of price points.
Shanghai. Accommodations in China’s coastal gem are very reasonable – at least until you get to the top tier of international and boutique hotels. Dining is also inexpensive. And the streets are safe for walking and taking in the sights.
Samoa. Travelers to Samoa usually have to deal with rustic accommodations and travel on far-from-luxury buses. But the payoff is a wealth of gorgeous, uncrowded beaches. However, you should go soon, before Samoa is “discovered.”
Bali. Yes there are luxury resorts on Bali – although they tend to be less expensive than the luxury resorts in other tropical paradises. And for travelers in the budget-to-middle range, there are still lots are options.
Uruguay This tiny country in South America has lots to offer, from the city vibe of the capital, Montevideo, to the lovely coastal beaches. There are some pricey beachside accommodations, but there also are plenty of bargains.
Portugal. Portugal is a rarity: a bargain tourist destination in western Europe. Whether you choose to visit the capital, Lisbon – which Lonely Planet describes as “as happening as Barcelona with fewer crowds, and cheaper” – or the family friendly seaside province of Algarve, you will find reasonable prices.
Taiwan. A better value than Hong Kong, Seoul or Tokyo, Taipei – Taiwan’s capital – offers excellent bargains in food and cultural activities. Although hotel rooms can be pricey, there are lots of inexpensive alternatives such as dorm rooms and homestays.
Romania. While much of eastern Europe offers good value to travelers, Romania is a bargain-hunter’s dream. Inexpensive hotel rooms are available in Bucharest. Or, for a unique experience, try a homestay in a medieval village or castle.