We found ourselves wondering: where 2020 will take us? As the world gets smaller and travel and transportation gets easier, we hunger to uncover the next unspoiled destination.
We set off to ask travel experts to share the secret of their budget travel, and they also divulged their picks for cheap travel in the upcoming year.
We are on the brink of the tourism boom. Who’s coming with us?
New Orleans is known for its colourful nightlife, a bursting festival calendar, and delicious local cuisine- but the interesting thing is an undercover gem for budget travelers. Want to have fun, The Country Club is the best place to go, where entry to the pool and steady frozen cocktails for $15 only. Moreover, So Bou and Commanders Palace are two of many local restaurants keeping the martini weekday lunch alive.
Though Jamaica is the legendary beach destination, 2020 will be the year to discover Kingston. Kingston is the place to experience the heartbeat of Jamaica. Experience the local dance halls, tour the Trench Town Culture Yard and see the side of the country. Good news for visitors is they can easily make the trip to the north to weave together a city and a beach vacation in one trip through a highway that connects Kingston to Ocho Rios.
Lisbon is the affordable European city you’ve been dreaming of visiting. It offers a rich history, incredible architecture, local cuisine and wines, all without the high price tag of Paris and London. Indulge in the city’s decadent custard-filled Pastel De Nata Fir just 1 Euro at the historic Pasties De Belem Café. A Lisbon city pass is 19€ and gives you 24 hours of admission to everything from the modern museum to historic monasteries, as well as all the transportation. If you feel like booze, local wine bars charge you less than 3€ per glass of wine.
Only a short ferry ride away from Finland, Tallinn is a cheap alternative to visiting Northern European cities such as Helsinki or Stockholm. It provides accommodations at low prices as compared to most of Europe, easy to navigate as well as cost-efficient. You must visit Tallinn’s UNESCO-protected medieval old town, a preserved walled area with many restaurants and shops. The special thing about those restaurants is they prepared meals using 15th century recopies. Add Estonia Open Air Museum and Kumu Art Museum to your itinerary.
Barga is a quiet medieval town that takes you back to old-world Italy where mama cooks for all and wineries are still run by families. The art scene is alive and well, the Duomo di San Cristoforo atop the town is worth the walk and the food, well, that goes without saying. Winter season here is ideal for budget travelers; rates at the Renaissance Tuscany Ciocco Resort and Spa are as low as €112 per night, boosted with panoramic views of the entire valley right from your balcony.
Valparaiso, Chile is known as the “Jewel of the Pacific”. Highlights include exploring local life in the lovely parks and plazas, such as Italia, De La Victoria, and Sotomayor. Hungry or thirsty? The iconic Bar Cinzano serves you with Creole food and American music. Where to stay? You can find great deals at inns in Valparaiso for as low as $54 per night.
If you are itching for a Caribbean vacation but want to stay domestic, Miami is the place. But when it comes to where to stay? One of the best hotels right on Collins Ave is the Hyatt Centric South Beach, the average cost of $150 a night. It’s one of the most affordable places to stay on the beach without sacrificing location or style. Can’t travel without your furry friend? No problem. Guests traveling with pets get a complimentary dog bed, water bowl, treats, and access to the Wooftop Park, a rooftop dog park where your pup can roam free. You can also relax and recharge and enjoy cocktails at Deck Sixteen, a rooftop bar, and a restaurant.
Whether you are seeking family fun, romance, or a relaxing spa retreat, 2020 presents a wonderful opportunity for you to explore these places and have the best of the best experience of a lifetime.