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Most Budget-Friendly Destinations
Traveling is an extremely exciting and fulfilling experience, but it can also be very expensive. For people whose New Year’s resolutions include both traveling the world and being more financially responsible, Reader’s Digest has compiled a list of the top 14 budget-friendly travel destinations of 2019:
Fez, Morocco (pictured) boasts the world’s largest pedestrian-only urban area where you can barter with street vendors for handmade goods. Also make sure to view the intricate tilework of the Madrasa Bou Inania and try tangine, a traditional Moroccan dish.
Tbilisi, Georgia has old-town charm, beautiful views and delicious eats. Here you can sample khinkali (dumplings) and qababi (kebabs) before you settle into your $16-a-night hotel room.
Antigua, Guatemala is a colonial treasure bursting with activities for travelers looking to save money. Free attractions include the outdoor sculpture park Santo Domingo del Cerro and the ChocoMuseo, a chocolate museum with free admission and free samples.
Odessa, Ukraine is a port city with gorgeous sandy beaches and pastel-colored architecture. While this city is becoming popular among Ukrainians, it remains relatively undiscovered worldwide. Budget-friendly activities include the Odessa Opera House, where you can get tickets for as little as $2.
Kathmandu, Nepal is a busy city with ancient Hindu sites. Thamel, an area popular among backpackers, features inexpensive lodging, food and drink. If you are looking for some peace within the hustle and bustle of the city, visit Swapna Bagaicha, also known as the Garden of Dreams.
Luang Prabang, Laos provides natural beauty at the joining of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Here you can visit Buddhist temples, barter at the country’s largest handicraft market and ride on tuk-tuks. This is an ideal destination for people looking for a less-discovered alternative to Thailand.
Brasov, Romania is a picturesque city. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to view its Baroque churches and medieval watchtowers, consider a double-decker bus tour. You could also take day trips to Bran Castle or a nearby brown bear sanctuary.
Yerevan, Armenia has grown in population recently, but there are still many budget-friendly options for travelers. Admission is free for many museums and monuments, and local bars provide cheap drink options.
Bogotá, Colombia has free admission to the Museo de Oro on Sundays. It also closes many of its larger streets for food carts, street entertainers and pedestrians. This capital city offers a less-expensive alternative to Cartagena.
Zanzibar offers beautiful ocean experiences with its white sand beaches, coral reefs and resorts. If you are looking for adventures inland, the Jozani Forest is the only place worldwide that you can see the endangered red colobus monkey.
Santiago, Chile contains fascinating museums, rich cultural and culinary experiences, and historical attractions. The Cerro San Cristóbal, a hill in the center of the city, is a must-see attraction with its zoo, wine museum and beautiful city views.
Oaxaca, Mexico is known for its delicious cuisine and indigenous culture. Budget-friendly attractions include cheap eats and free admission to the Museo Textil de Oaxaca. For the history buffs, there are also pre-Columbian archaeological sites right outside the city.
Siem Reap, Cambodia is most famous for the Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, it also contains ample shopping, local cuisine and inexpensive hotel options, with an average price of $33 a night.
La Paz, Bolivia offers attractions such as the Witches’ Market, where you can barter for magical enchantments, remedies and potions. Make sure to also take in the beautiful views from the Mi Teleférico, La Paz’s aerial cable car network.