When people talk about travel, the discussion inevitably turns to cost. This is doubly true if you're traveling overseas. The travel bug is always expensive -- or is it?
The truth is that it's possible to travel overseas without breaking the bank. Certainly, you'll still have to spend money for airfare, lodgings, and food. However, there is a way to lessen the cost of travel, and it's not as complicated as you think.
All you need to do is to find the right destination.
Where you want to travel to is always a matter of taste and preference. However, if you want to travel without spending too much, you can start by looking at places that let you stretch your dollar to the max. There are destinations that offer more value for your money, without sacrificing fun and memories.
The problem: are these destinations safe?
Saving money while traveling is a good plan. And the more money you save the more often you will be able to travel. However you do not want to end up in an affordable country with very high crime rates and significant political instability, because you might lose more than just your wallet.
But don’t worry, there are several destinations that are both affordable and safe. Here are four inexpensive, yet safe places to travel to.
Most travelers love Thailand for its colorful history and rich culture. However, the country might just be over-saturated as a tourist destination. Instead, check out the less popular option: Cambodia. This country has finally emerged from decades of strife and violence.
Cambodia today is beautiful, modern, and mostly untouched. Since it isn't as popular as most of its neighbors, the country can be considered one of the hidden gems of Southeast Asia. Visit the beautiful and historical Angkor Wat, check out the local cuisine, and experience the locals' famous hospitality.
Bonus: the country is less prone to political instability -- a primary problem in otherwise popular Thailand.
Just east of Greece you will find Turkey. It's a wonder this beautiful blend of East and West still isn't a top tourist destination for North Americans; it's been a European beloved for years.
The great thing about Turkey is that it offers a lot of different options. If you're a history buff, the country still has its beautiful old towns that showcase a mix of Asian and European influences.
If you want to chill and relax, the country also has beautiful sandy beaches to offer.
Finally, it's also a bustling modern country with all the necessary amenities for a tourist.
The European union's financial woes made Turkey an even better destination. Now your dollar definitely has an increase in spending power here.
Want a European experience but don't want to spring for an expensive trip to Spain?
Check out Portugal. The country has a classic old world charm that's sure to charm travelers. Plus, Portugal definitely has a lot to offer thanks to its very rich culture.
Check out the country's beautiful old world buildings and galleries.
More importantly, savor the country's tasty treats. Portugal has one of the world's richest and most interesting cuisines, so you definitely shouldn't ignore the opportunity to delight your senses.
Portugal is definitely the budget option for travelers who want to check out Europe.
The country has more than just the grand canal to offer. Panama is a wonderful destination for sun worshipers. The cost of food and lodging isn't prohibitive and you also have the beautiful beaches to enjoy. It's definitely a viable destination if you're into nature and wildlife.