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Budget Destinations for 2014
Travel can be fun, educational, life-changing – and expensive. But Budget Travel has some suggestions for where you can make your travel budget stretch. The magazine’s top budget destinations for 2014 are:
South Africa. There is lots to do here, ranging from taking a safari to spot wild animals to sunbathing or surfing on beautiful beaches to soaking up this nation’s history, including the amazing story of Nelson Mandela. And the best part, at least as far as your wallet is concerned, is that hotel room rates are down about 8 percent over 2013.
Venice. This romantic and historic Italian city rarely makes a list of budget destinations, but this year hotel rates have dropped 7 percent. That gives you more to spend taking a gondola ride through the famous canals or sipping wine near the Piazza San Marco.
Dominican Republic. All-inclusive resorts are surprisingly affordable on this island paradise. You can commune with nature by visiting Los Haitises National Park or kayaking through mangrove lagoons, or you can sip daiquiris while you relax in the sun.
Buenos Aires, Argentina. With hotel rates down 8 percent over last year, this is the perfect time to visit the city called “The Paris of South America.” During the day, you can tour museums featuring collections ranging from Latin American art to Eva Peron. After dark, there are lots of clubs where you can tango the night away.
Orlando, Fla. Theme parks are the major attractions in Orlando, and DisneyWorld, Universal Studios and SeaWorld all have something new in 2014. With hotel rates down 7 percent, this could be a good time to pay a visit to Mickey, Harry Potter and Shamu.
Canada’s Atlantic Provinces. The provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Novia Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador offer beautiful scenery, scrumptious fresh seafood and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Old Town Lunenburg, which has changed very little in almost 300 years. Travel here is always a bargain, but there is no time like the present.
Philadelphia. Your travel dollar always goes further in Philly than in other East Coast metros. But now there is even more reason to go: The city has a booming art scene, and it is developing a reputation as a favorite destination for foodies.
Warsaw. Hotel rooms cost about 20 percent less than they did in 2013, making Warsaw a tremendous deal. The city abounds in history, including Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And you can get amazing food for practically nothing: Try seven pierogies for less than five bucks.
Seoul, South Korea. You can enjoy the Gangnam style of Korean pop sensation Psy, or you also can check out historical sites from the 14th century. And you can do it while paying 9 percent less for a hotel room than you would have paid last year.
Riga, Latvia. Architecture buffs will love Riga, where you can see churches in styles ranging from medieval to Baroque. The many Art Nouveau buildings, most in the city center, have made Riga a World Heritage Site. This year the European Union will name Riga the European Capital of Culture. And the best part is that this little gem has not yet been discovered by the masses, so there are still plenty of travel bargains.