11 Travel Destinations Where Your Dollar Goes the Furthest

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With the coronavirus pandemic starting to ease off and travel restrictions are following suit, it is time to turn our minds again to thinking about that international vacation. And while the dollar isn’t what it used to be as Covid-19, inflation and geopolitical uncertainties have caused it to fluctuate. There are still lots of other locations across the globe where you will get more bang for your vacation bucks.

That’s why we’ve selected the best destinations where your spending power will be your new superpower, as these are must-see places are not only budget-friendly but will give you more cash in your pocket once you’ve exchanged your dollars. So you can have more freedom to spend like it’s going out of fashion and get that vacation you so richly deserve after two years of chaos.

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1. Phuket – Thailand

As Thailand’s largest island, and just as famous as its capital Bangkok, Phuket is a perfect destination for people who want a sightseeing vacation like no other. Famous for its crystal blue waters, beautifully white sandy beaches, spicy Thai cuisine, and excellent snorkeling and diving, you’ll want to dive into visiting this jewel in South East Asia’s crown.

Take the time to stroll leisurely through the streets of Old Phuket Town, with its well-preserved shophouses, Sino-Portuguese mansions, temples, and shrines. Big Buddha and Wat Chalong Temple are completely free to enter. A delicious local meal will cost you between $2 and $5, washed down with a local beer for just over a dollar. Accommodation, even a 5-star hotel, can cost as little as $50 per night.

2. Coron – Philippines

Part of the Calamian Islands in the Philippines and located in the province of Palawan, Coron is its third-largest island and another place famous for being a snorkeling and diving paradise. This is especially the case as it is one of the best places in the world for wreck diving due to several Japanese supply and warships being bombed and sunk by an American Air attack during World War II.

While the flight to Coron might be a little on the expensive side, staying on the island is certainly not. Having a tasty local meal and traveling around the island should only set you back around $30 a day. You can also book yourself into plenty of 3-star accommodations for less than $60 a night.

3. Lisbon – Portugal

When it comes to European capital cities, you can expect to pay a lot. However, that is far from the case if you are looking to visit Lisbon. It is best known for its colonialist history, ornate architecture, and tradition of Fado music. This hilly, coastal capital city with pleasant year-round weather also offers spectacular hilltop vistas in Alfama or at St. George’s Castle.

You won’t get bored in a place like this, because the city has local markets like Feira da Ladra and a vibrant nightlife that caters to all tastes. When it comes to the food, you have your pick of small local restaurants and cafes or Michelin star restaurants. But the average cost of eating should be around $35 per day. Although you can easily walk the city, the trams are only $5. As for accommodation, a 3-star hotel will set you back at around $80 per night.

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4. La Fortuna – Costa Rica

Northwest of the capital, San José, La Fortuna is a small town whose name translated into “The Fortune,” but rest assured, you won’t be spending a fortune if you choose to vacation here. There is so much to see here when it comes to enjoying nature, from the La Fortuna Waterfall and the Arenal Volcano National Park to nature tours, including the Peñas Blancas River Safari and the tour in Caño Negro.

Once you’ve finished walking above the rain forest at the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, you can get a bite to eat for as little as $35 a day for meals. There are many hotels you can choose from, most of which are conveniently located near restaurants. You should expect to pay around $75 per night for a 3-star hotel.

5. Mexico City – Mexico

As one of the oldest cities in North America, Mexico City is known for its important Aztec history. There is no shortage of cultural experiences as the city has well over 100 museums, including the Anthropology Museum and the house of one of Mexico’s most famous painters, Frida Kahlo. It also has plenty of free attractions you’ll want to add to your itinerary.

Although the city is pedestrian-friendly, there are plenty of taxis as Mexico is the country with the largest number of taxi cabs in the world. Uber also has a presence in the city. If spicy foods are your thing, this is the place for you as a decent meal will cost you around $10 per day. 3-star hotels will cost you approximately $70 per night.

6. Agistri – Greece

If you would prefer not to experience the hustle and bustle of the big city but vacation somewhere quiet and inexpensive, then the island of Agistri is just what the doctor ordered. Idyllic and colorful, this small island has beautiful sandy and shingle beaches that are perfect for relaxing as well as snorkeling. It’s easy to get around on the cheap by renting a motorbike, hopping public transport, or even taking a water taxi.

The island’s center is covered in Pine forest, perfect for hiking through. A reasonably priced meal should see you spend around $25 per day as there are lots of little restaurants serving traditional Greek cuisine. The island offers good quality accommodation in many beautiful locations with outstanding views. Today’s average price for a 3-star hotel in Agistri Town is around 35 $ per night.

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7. Budapest – Hungary

The capital and most populous city of Hungary, Budapest, offers plenty of things for every lover of history. This picturesque city has a perfect mix of the old and the new with its striking architecture and medieval bridges. Whether it’s a guided tour of a historic landmark, private tasting of local delicacies, or an off-road adventure, there really is something for everyone.

Once you’re looking to unwind, you can spend the day soaking in the Széchenyi Thermal Baths with a day pass for around $28 or book a leisurely cruise along the Danube. The cost of food in the city is very reasonable as you can expect to pay $20 a day and once you’ve had your fill, you can experience the city’s nightlife, one that is almost unrivaled in Eastern Europe. It costs $60 per night to book a night at the many 3-star hotels that are dotted around the city.

8. Marrakesh – Morocco

Known as the “red city” because of its buildings and ramparts of beaten clay, Marrakesh is world-renowned for its colorful, unique, and labyrinthine markets known as souks, with Souk Semmarine being the biggest of them all. They are filled with outstanding craftworks, such as rugs, leather goods, silverware, and crockery of all shapes and sizes. You can spend days walking around them and still not see all the market has to offer.

The average cost of food in Marrakech is around $10 per day, but you can eat even cheaper at the many street food vendors across the city. The accommodation can be as affordable as you want, with hostels that come with a complimentary breakfast for as little as $10 per night. A traditional 3-star hotel will run you around $62 per night. However, if you are willing to double that, you can rent a courtyard mansion known as a riad.

9. Cape Town – South Africa

As the oldest and second-largest city in South Africa, after Johannesburg, Cape Town lies on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain where you can catch a cable car round-trip for around $22.50. This historic city sports beautiful coastal views, picturesque lakes, and gorgeous farmlands, and if you rent a car for as little as $30 a day, it makes for a perfect road trip. It also offers a vibrant art scene and stunning nightlife.

If you are a wine lover, then you’ll find South Africa’s best and most famous wine-growing regions and vineyards, including Stellenbosch, Constantia, and Paarl. The average meal price is around $10, and beer and wine are particular bargains for those who like a tipple. Staying at one of the city’s many affordable 3-star hotels will cost about $60 per night.

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10. Cappadocia, Turkey

Lying in Central Anatolia in Turkey, the captivating Cappadocia is best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches, and houses carved in the rocks. Every morning as the rising sun lights up the Red Valley, multi-colored hot air balloons rise with the dawn, making for a stunning sight to behold. Despite being ancient, the area is still a popular modern tourist destination.

There are lots of open-air museums like Göreme and Zelve, and plenty of walks and trails through the area’s many scenic valleys. Cappadocia is one of the biggest wine-producing regions in Turkey, and many wineries throughout the region’s towns offer winetasting options, with the Turasan Wine Factory being the highlight. Dining and transportation can run you $35 per day, and 3-star hotels will cost about $80 per night.

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11. Santiago, Chile

Also known as Santiago de Chile, Santiago is the capital and largest city of Chile as well as one of the largest cities in the Americas. Artistic at its heart with many original art galleries, innovative design stores and arts & crafts fairs. The city offers a mix of metropolitan views, culture-based cuisine and plenty of shopping opportunities at the Alonso de Córdoba neighborhood and the city’s many modern shopping malls.

A great meal in the city will only cost you around $5, and the attractions and transportation are quite reasonably priced as well. Accommodation is incredibly inexpensive as you can get a room in a 3-star hotel for around $30 per night, but if you want something more luxurious, a 5 – star hotel will only cost you around $100 per night.

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