If you are on a budget, but want to see some exotic places, do not despair. There are many great places that are a bargain for the adventurous traveler. Here are a few low cost foreign destinations to help you scratch that itch:
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Cambodia has lax visa requirements and low prices. The capital is the largest city in the country and boasts beautiful villas from the French Colonial period. One of the primary ways for people to get around is hiring a scooter, which is a great way to see the touristy sites like the National Museum or the Royal Palace. You can even do a day trip to Angkor Wat by bus or ferry. Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world and it’s about 150 miles (250 km) away from Phnom Penh. Certainly worth the trip to see this iconic landmark.
Cooled by the breezes of the Pacific Ocean, this sweeping metropolis is a great place to go if you want to see a tourist “hot spot” without getting too overheated. Visit gems like the Plaza Mayor and the Baroque Monastery of San Francisco. Wind down at the beach or at local bars on cobbled streets.
Busan, South Korea
Busan is South Korea’s largest trading port, keeping fish amply stocked in local restaurants. It also hosts Asia’s largest film festival. There are local beaches, nearby mountains and Buddhist temples to explore, all without breaking the bank. If you go in April, you can check out the annual cherry blossom festival in nearby Jinhae-gu.
This cosmopolitan 5,000 year old city has a mix of French, Italians, Greeks and Armenians, giving it a surprisingly liberal vibe. The International Izmir Festival offers a mix of ballet, theater and live music in June of every year, just before the summer heat really hits. Izmir is an off-the-beaten path alternative to more well-known Turkish destinations like Istanbul.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
This is a very budget-friendly destination with great destinations like Gangaramaya Temple and the peaceful Beira Lake. Another popular tourist spot is the Old Dutch Hospital. It dates to the 1600s, but was repurposed in 2011 and filled with fusion restaurants and cocktail lounges. This is the place to be in town if you love the nightlife.
Total vacation cost can depend on a variety of factors, including the cost of travel, but there are many discount airlines or deals you can find throughout the year to cut the cost of getting to your destination. With travel deals and budget-friendly accommodations, you can relax and enjoy your vacation, learning new things about new and different cultures without stressing about your spending.