Travel doesn’t have to be a distant dream when you are working on a tight budget. Everyone deserves that little getaway break every now and then.
Here are six stunning destinations that won’t break the piggy bank.
1. Budapest Hungary
As far as holiday destinations go Hungary is often underrated. Budapest has some of the cheapest holidays available, and you are guaranteed to get more from those pennies than you expected. Budapest boasts some of the most extraordinary architecture and scenery, best observed from a boat tour along the Danube River, as well as some fantastic patisseries to keep your belly happy as you stroll through the city; you are definitely in for a sweet treat. To top it off you can visit their popular coffee houses for a cup of Joe that you will never forget. For £1 beers, you’ll never want to leave!
Currently recovering from the recent financial crisis gorgeous Greece is a budget holiday heaven. Holiday accommodation is typically inexpensive in the less cosmopolitan side of town, while the popular island of Mykonos is still quite pricey. If you are looking for a cheaper island alternative, you can opt for the quiet island of Pyros for the relaxation and tranquility you deserve on a Grecian holiday.
If your Greek holiday sounds more like dancing all night while putting back some cheap and tasty shooters then head over to the island of los for all-nighters abound. Take advantage of this while you can, and enjoy a breath-taking holiday.
3. Sri Lanka
For that paradise getaway you would never expect, find it in Sri Lanka. Not only known for their world-renowned cricket teams, their pristine white beaches and gorgeous mountain ranges are sure to impress even the seasoned traveler.
For less than £30 a day you can have the luxury holiday abroad you have been dreaming of. There is the option of both beachside Hotels and hidden cottages on the mountainside. Known for their Buddhist culture you can explore temples and monasteries and dine on the best fish curries you have ever tasted.
If you are looking spicy salsa and exhilarating carnivals then Havana, Cuba, is definitely your travel on a budget go-to destination.
Known for its fascinating history and diverse cityscape, scintillating Cuba is an exciting holiday location. For a holiday that won’t bankrupt, you definitely need to visit this Caribbean island.
5. Istanbul Turkey
For a relaxing and quiet holiday, this is the place you want to be. Visit the historical landmarks, take a traditional Istanbul passenger ferryboat through the city or bask on a street side terrace sampling the country’s finest food, this is one place you can go to hide away from all the worries life throws at you. Plan your budget and you can make this an unforgettable adventure.
Ever wanted to roam the valley of kings or see a mummy in its tomb? Though you may not see Brendan Frasier battling a swarm of reanimated mummies, Egypt is every young at heart’s favorite adventure come true. For a surprisingly affordable adventure, you can visit the pyramids and the absorb the rich history this ancient country has to offer, combined with a visit to the Nile or some amazing desert feasts you will leave Egypt feeling like modern day pharaoh.
Located on the edge of the Sinai Peninsula, surrounded by the Sinai desert and the turquoise waters of the Red Sea, Sharm el Sheikh is a former fishing village turned world-class holiday destination.
Basking in 365 days of sunshine a year and a daytime temperature which falls no lower than 25°C in the winter months, ‘Sharm’ is popular with tourists who flock in their droves to soak up sun, sea and sand.
Sharm occupies around 35km of coastline and is bordered by a protected national park at either end. With breathtaking coral reefs and abundant marine life, the azure waters are a dream-come-true for swimming, snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.
The coral plateau at Ras Nasrani is home to a host of aquatic creatures, including fusiliers, barracudas and electric rays. A trip to Sharm would be incomplete without a visit to the stunningly untouched Ras Mohammed National Park, where you can hike, dive, snorkel or just relax.
Head to Shark’s Bay to sample the old Sinai; an oasis of calm and tranquility where the waters burst with coral and marvel at the selection of wrecks nestling around the beautiful Tiran Island.
Watersports junkies should head to Terrazzina Beach – surrounded by cliffs, it’s sheltered from the wind and ideal for water skiing, wakeboarding and kitesurfing. This is Sharm’s premier dance beach – it has a great party vibe and beach parties featuring guest DJs are held regularly.
If you prefer to be on the sea rather than in it, a two hour excursion on a glass-bottomed boat is the perfect way to appreciate the wonders of the Red Sea. If you’re lucky, you may be accompanied by some dolphins.
For over a thousand years Mount Sinai has attracted pilgrims believing it to be the mountain where God spoke to Moses. If you can drag yourself out of bed early enough, it’s worth the three hour climb of this 7,498 foot peak to watch the sunrise. The dramatic changes in the colours of the rocks have to be seen to be believed. Nestling beneath Mount Sinai is St Catherine’s Monastery, which encapsulates the Holy Land. Within its historic walls is a library of ancient manuscripts – a host of icons second only to the Vatican – and a church dating back to the 6th century.
Venture into the desert for a night of star gazing and taste of traditional Bedouin culture. Organised tours from Sharm are run by professional guides, who will talk you through the planets and stars bedecking the night skies. Enjoy a Bedouin barbeque, waterpipe smoking and traditional dancing performed by local Bedouin people. You might even be able to cadge a ride on a camel.
Rest and relaxation
Indulge yourself with a day at the Oriental Spa & Hammam. Highly recommended are the Turkish and Moroccan baths, facials and body scrubs.
Sharm el Sheik is a vibrant resort with excellent shopping, dining and nightlife. It is easily accessible, with direct flights from all over Europe, and there is a vast choice of accommodation, ranging from budget home-stays to leading five-star resorts.
With a fertile history of mummies, and pharaohs, Egypt has developed an unprecedented reputation of being a Golden Country. The cultural significance of Egypt’s history has been embedded in the colossal pages of textbooks, literature, and even people’s hearts. Amongst the glittery throng of the world as it exists today, Egypt still holds the torch that ignites the hearts of millions throughout the world. A North African country, Egypt, forms a bridge between the Sinai Peninsula and Southwest Asia. Being a transcontinental country, Egypt has become a dominant power in the Mediterranean Basin, Africa, the Middle East, and around the Muslim World. Spread over 1,010,000 square kilometres (390,000 sq mi), this glorious country is enclosed by ravishing landmarks of the world like the Mediterranean Sea towards the north, Israel and the Gaza Strip towards the northeastern region, and the Red Sea towards the east. It is easy to enjoy all of this with all inclusive holidays to Egypt.
It’s capital, Cairo, also known as Le Caire in French, which means The Conqueror, has for years conquered the hearts of travellers, writers, and adventure seekers. Being the largest city of Egypt, Cairo is called The City of a Thousand Minarets, because of its elegant, and rich architectural beauty. Cairo’s architecture is heavily influenced by Islamic architecture, which therefore embeds the history of this wonderful city, deep within the womb of a lofty and throbbing culture.
Travel and tickets to Cairo are available from around the world, be it U.S.A, U.K or Canada. Cheap Cairo tickets are available as low as $495 departing from New York, while airfare from London to Cairo ranges from $395 – $448. Tourists can easily indulge in a phenomenal Cairo vacation owing to these competitive and cheap prices. Once in Cairo, the list for hotels and resorts is endless. Many comfortable yet exciting accommodations and hotels in Cairo are available, starting as low as $23 – $35 and going up to $315-$547 per night. Many of these hotels are centrally located which makes travelling and exploring this majestic city easier and accessible. In order to discover the many beautiful sights Cairo has to offer, car rental facilities are also available for as low as $43. If you’re travelling in a group, or with your families, these cars would not only help you access the different places throughout the city, but will also ensure an easier mode of tour, which you can do at your leisure!
A Cairo vacation cannot be complete if prospective tourists don’t witness the majestic Saqqara, which is an immense, prehistoric burial ground of Egypt. Situated 30 km south of Cairo city, this burial ground brings remnants of Cairo’s primordial history to light, as this necropolis houses many exalted pyramids, which includes the famous Step pyramid of Djoser. If you are an avid explorer, these pyramids would be a treat for your adventurous spirits. The jewel of Cairo is considered to be Islamic Cairo, which is centred on El Hussein. Visiting Islamic Cairo would be an intoxicating trip to all those individuals who are attracted to mysticism and Sufism. Cairo often houses Sufi and Dervish musical and dance nights, which portray whirling dervish, dancing the night away. Cairo has one of the world’s best cuisines, which are rich in savoury spices and aromas. Once in Cairo, you must travel to Massala, a delicious restaurant that provides dishes like the tender Lamb Rogan Josh, the spicy Murg Makhani, and the creamy Dahl Makhani. Don’t wait any longer; Cairo beckons your amorous hearts.