It’s hard to resist the charms of the travel bug, especially when there are so many amazing places waiting to be discovered. But don’t be deterred at the prospect of shelling out thousands of dollars only to visit some of the most exposed and commercialized tourist traps.

Cheapest Travel Destinations

If you’re making plans to travel in 2018, then here are some of the more affordable destinations you must consider. These places offer adventure, culture, entertainment and nature, all without having to spend a lot of money. The 8 places included on this list are relatively unexplored, and if they are, they’re probably not known for the real reasons why you should visit there.

1.  Yelapa

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Starting off with someplace closer to home, Yelapa in Mexico offers a refreshing alternative to the typically touristy spots like Acapulco and Mexico City. Yelapa is more authentic and also less expensive. What’s more, the boat trip from Puerta Vallarta gets you into the right mood to discover this gem of a place. More like a natural sanctuary Yelapa offers the opportunity to spend a few days amidst nature, but in very affordable comfort. You can easily afford to rent an entire bungalow to yourself for a fraction of what it costs in an upscale resort town.

2.  Gaziantep

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Now, Turkey is probably the last destination you may think of when coming up with affordable travel spots. But you don’t really need to burn a hole in your pocket to enjoy the pleasures of Turkey. The city of Gaziantep, for example, is an often neglected treasure in this historical wonderland. It is easily accessible from Istanbul and is the best place to treat yourself to authentic Turkish cuisine in the country. It is also less touristy and commercialized than the bigger tourist centers of the country. All in all, an ideal place to visit at any time of the year.

3.  Barcelona

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Barcelona is one travel destination that deserves to be known for more than its passion for football. It is one of the culturally richest places to travel in Europe as well as one of the most affordable. When you travel to Catalan, you get to choose from many different kinds of experiences. For example, you can relax on the pristine beaches or satisfy your intellectual curiosity by visiting some excellent museums. Of course, the food is not to be questioned. This year, flights to the region have reduced considerably, down by almost 20%, making 2018 the perfect year to visit this fascinating corner of Europe.

4.  Zagreb

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The capital of Croatia, Zagreb offers some of the most unique and breathtaking combination of history and nature. You get to experience the unique blend of Austrian and Hungarian traditions as well as beautiful mountains that embrace the city. Food is not only delicious, but surprisingly cheap, even at some of the fancy hotels and restaurants. You could spend another day or two walking through the mountain regions which are not far off from the main city center. Overall, this is a trip that you won’t regret.

5.  Zanzibar


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This is one of the few places that everyone has heard about but few care to probe deeper. Those who make the effort, cherish the memories for a lifetime. Zanzibar is not just an affordable travel destination, but an unforgettable lesson in history, culture and adventure. Part of the oldest travel routes of the world, Zanzibar evokes a sense of wonder and adventure. Known best for its exotic bazaars, crystal clear beaches and unique architecture, Zanzibar otherwise offers a gastronomic experience like few other places. Thanks to the favorable exchange rate, you can do a lot with a limited budget during your travel to Zanzibar.

6.  Namibia


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If you think you’ve seen all of Africa without having visited Namibia, think again. Despite being right next door to the very popular South Africa, Namibia tends to fall off the radar for most tourists. But for the budget traveler, Namibia is paradise. There are loads of activities that you can undertake on a budget. You could go on a jeep safari in the Namib Desert or settle yourself for a quiet day on the beach. Accommodation, food and transportation are extremely cheap. It is a perfect place for those who want to see virgin landscapes free from commercial exploitation.

7.  Fiji


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People think they’ve explored Fiji if they’ve explored it once, but that is far from the truth. Although it is perceived as being very expensive, Fiji offers a very friendly environment for backpackers and budget travelers. Of course, it costs nothing to take in the stunning seascapes and mountains that the country has to offer. You can relax on the white beaches while imagining yourself as an explorer from earlier times. The cuisine is at par with some of the fanciest European destinations. Fiji offers everything to make your vacation memorable.

8.  Gilgit-Baltistan


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This is a rapidly developing tourist destination in Pakistan, which is what makes it perfect for the adventurous budget traveler. Offering some of the most amazing scenery in the Hindukush and Himalayan mountain ranges, Gilgit-Baltistan has excellent weather, great local cuisine, and hospitable people. The landscape is dotted by awe-inspiring mountain peaks, valleys and lakes. You can make a trip to the Deosai National Park which is the highest plateau in the world, and have organic honey and apricots from the Hunza Valley. The Khunjerab Pass which marks the border with China is also a popular destination with travelers. Accommodation is simple but very affordable.

So there you have it. Eight amazing places that are ready to welcome you. When it comes to traveling, the biggest concern is cost. These places will allow you to partake in all the exciting experiences while spending very little money. As they say, some of the best things in life don’t have to be expensive. Don’t wait any more. Get out that holiday planner and make sure that you visit at least three places on this list. Waiting to meet you there!

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