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Bargain Travel Destinations
Travel can be very expensive and, as every traveler knows, some places are much pricier than others. If you want to get more for your travel buck, consider one of Lonely Planet’s “Top Value” travel locations:
Spain. Spain has always been a popular destination for lovers of beaches, art, history and architecture. And for many years it was known as an excellent choice for budget-conscious travelers. In recent years, the cost of travel in Spain has been inching up. But now currency fluctuations and falling costs overall have made Spain affordable again.
Bolivia. Lonely Planet says that Bolivia is South America’s best value. You can visit La Paz, which at 13,400 feet is the highest capital in the world, view wildlife in the Pampas or enjoy the mountain treasure that is Lake Titicaca. All while you pay not much more than $10 a night for a budget room.
Slovenia. Located in eastern Europe, Slovenia offers the Alps, the Mediterranean and primeval forests. And you can experience Slovenia for less than it would cost you to see similar sites in neighboring countries. Plus, Slovenia is a member of the European Union, which can simplify travel.
Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Rio’s mountains and its beaches are the stuff of legends – and, in the case of “The Girl from Ipanema,” classic rock songs. But if you plan to go, go soon. Rio will host the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016, which will send prices through the roof.
Portland, Oregon. Portland – the site of the sketch-comedy TV series “Portlandia” – has become a popular destination for fans of inexpensive food and craft beer. Plus, there are lots of free activities.
Nepal. If you want to explore the Himalayas, Nepal is the most cost-effective jumping-off point for trekkers.
Namibia. The vastness and breathtaking scenery of Africa attract tourists from around the world, and those seeking luxury tours head for Botswana. But Namibia, which is next door to Botswana, offers the experience of Africa at a more reasonable cost.
Gothenburg, Sweden. Scandinavia is rarely thought of as a budget-friendly destination. However, if you want to experience the far northland of Europe, head for Gothenburg, which is the second-largest city in Sweden.
Cambodia. Over the last several years, Cambodia has become a much more popular destination – and the trend is likely to continue. As a result, travel that once was extremely cheap is increasing in cost. So if you are traveling on a budget, you should visit sooner rather than later.
Georgia. The Republic of Georgia, once part of the U.S.S.R., is in the Caucasus Mountains on the Black Sea. It boasts castles, mountain vistas and history galore. It recently has been developing its tourism industry, which is good for travelers because costs remain low but choices and amenities are on the increase.